Game theory: A teacher, David Levy, 29, and a public health consultant, Linda Schultz, 28, meet for dinner at La Tomate in Dupont Circle, followed by Jenga and Boggle. So who won?
David: I kind of consider myself a hopeless romantic. I’ve done some online dating. I felt like this was going to be much better.
Linda:When I walked over I was feeling a little nervous but mostly excited. Within five minutes, my date arrived. He was covered in rain and snow, and we sort of joked about how the weather was really perfect.
David: She was very confident. It seemed like she was totally ready for this, not at all nervous. I thought she was very pretty right away.
Linda: I remember thinking that David had a really nice smile and that he seemed very charming.
David: I told her that I had read, like, 100 Date Labs the night before. And she said she’d done the same thing. She’s very well-spoken and clearly well-read, and the conversation was flowing right off the bat.
Linda: He was a very good storyteller. It was just very captivating; you wanted to hear more about what he was saying.
David:She has a true vision for what she wants to do with her life. She’s about to start a position at the World Bank, where she is going to try to put health initiatives into schools.
Linda: He is a middle school English teacher. He also coaches 5-to-8-year-olds in running, which is so cute. When he was telling me about the work that he does with the kids, he had so many fun stories to share. It was very endearing.
David: She taught for a few years in Japan, so we had a connection there, and unlike most people who tell me that teaching middle school is crazy, she was like, “Oh, you’re so lucky,” and I was like, “I feel that way, too!”
Linda: I realized we knew people in common.
David: I used to work and attend a circus camp in Pennsylvania. She was like, “Do you know Yael?” and I was like, “Oh, my God! We have both flown in the trapeze with this girl.”
Linda: Our conversation just got more silly, because we talked about how much we both like board games and reading, and we were sharing that we both really love Boggle and Jenga. We went to a bar called the Board Room, and it has a bar, but it’s a game space in addition.
David: I don’t know many other people who know Boggle or play it with any regularity, but it was like a family thing for me growing up, and she also had a family that played lots of games. We did Boggle and Jenga, and I knocked the tower over on the very first piece that I pulled out, which was great.
Linda: Then we played Boggle, and David beat me by a long shot.
David: She said that she wanted to be with a guy who was Jewish. She told me that her favorite holiday was Passover, which I had never heard before. It’s a cool holiday, it’s a great time with family, but she said that at her seder, they divide into teams and each team has to bring in a song that tells part of the Passover story, and I was like, “Well I want to go to that.”
Linda: [Dupont Metro] would’ve been a natural goodbye point, but unfortunately, David missed the last train home.
David: She said something like “You should get on the last train,” and I was like, “I don’t even really care right now. I need to walk you home, and then I’ll figure it out.”
Linda:He gave me a big hug goodbye and kiss on the cheek.
Rate the date
Linda: 5. I thought he was charming. I have his number, he has mine, and we have been actively communicating, and we’ve discussed plans to get together again. I’m really excited.
David: 5. Maybe even higher; it was a great experience. I feel like we were on the same page right away. She was super cool immediately, and I felt like we had a lot of chemistry.
UPDATE: The pair talks daily and have already gone on several more dates, including to the U.S. Botanic Garden and ice skating. “I have a great time when we are together,” Linda says. The feeling is mutual, according to David, who says, “I feel very lucky and grateful.”