Meredith: She had made a couple comments, just flip comments like, “Ohhh, he seems perfect for you.” I’m like, “Okay, Mom, sure, whatever.” I didn’t actually think she was going to do anything until I got an e-mail from [Date Lab]. I was like, “Oh, my God.”
Meredith was game, so we called up Jose to send him out for a second try.
About the daters ...
Happiest when ...
Jose: Out with my friends just enjoying the night.
Meredith: When I’m teaching my [students] through a fun activity and they understand what they are learning.
Brag a little ...
Jose: I have a positive look at life, love kids, and I do enjoy dancing salsa and merengue dancing.
Meredith: I’m fun to be with, and I’m not high-maintenance. While I love being romanced, I never demand or even ask for it. I like to spend time chilling at home with family or friends but enjoy going out with friends, especially when I’m in a dancing mood.
Interests to share ...
Jose: Likes to go out and see movies, she loves to dance and is willing to learn, enjoys being around kids, can be a kid at heart, likes sports and [is] close to her family.
Meredith: I love dancing, biking, going to the beach and traveling in general. I think we need to live every day like it is our last and believe anything is possible. I love Disney World and the magic it creates for children. There is nothing better to me than a happy child.
Your idea of funny ...
Jose: I find most Will Ferrell and Adam Sandler movies funny. Basically, non-sophisticated funny.
Meredith: I like someone who can make a joke but hate when it is at someone else’s expense. Laughing is such a relief. Sometimes you have to laugh at yourself, but having been teased when I was younger, there is a line.
About the date ...
7:30 p.m., Lyon Hall, Clarendon
Jose: I came in maybe five minutes early. [Meredith] got there on time. The first thing I noticed when I saw her was she had a bright, pretty smile. That was a good indicator of how the night was gonna go.
Meredith: He’s cute. I had seen his picture in the paper, so it wasn’t a surprise. My dating type is typically skinny, pale, nerdy guys. But in physical interest, I’m all over the map. For me physical appearance isn’t a game maker or breaker.
Jose: I found out the story was her mom saw my article before and thought we’d be a good match. I laughed; I thought it was awesome. Her mom played matchmaker! I just couldn’t believe it.
Meredith: I told him that, and he laughed hysterically. I was like, “Yeah, it’s ridiculous; you can tell all your friends you got set up with a girl because her mother meddled.”