Jose: We were so into the conversation that we kept telling the waiter, “Oh, we’re not ready yet, we’re not ready yet.” To the point where I started to feel kind of bad.
Meredith: We have an insane amount in common. I don’t think I was necessarily surprised, because I think that was pretty much my mom’s motivation for doing it. I think we spent almost an hour just talking about stuff. We finally ordered an appetizer and drinks. Then we just kept talking probably for another hour before we ordered our entrees. We talked about family, our friends, where he comes from, how we got into teaching. What we like — movies, books. We had a lot of really similar interests on those base-level things.
Jose: I found out she’s a teacher. I asked her to tell me a funny teaching story, and I told her one of mine. With certain types of jobs like teaching, it’s nice to have someone else who’s a teacher so they can relate.
Meredith: He was very easy to talk to, and we were never lost for something to talk about. I love all kinds of movies. Same thing with TV shows; we would talk about a couple of shows we both watch. That was just another thing we had in common. He did mention how that was probably one of the bigger breaks with the last date.
Jose: With [my last date], she had her own thing, and that’s great. But with Meredith, I could talk about stuff like “Jersey Shore.” And she could be like, “Yeah, I’m over the show now,” but at least she knew what I was talking about. She seemed to know what was going on. I can’t really say [if there was flirting]. I’m pretty bad at gauging that. I would say she was being attentive to what I was saying, and I was being attentive toward her. I was laughing a lot, and it seemed like she was laughing a lot.
Meredith: We chatted till, like, 11 o’clock. Then I was like, “Oh, I think I have to go; I have to teach in the morning.” He didn’t have school [the next day.]
Jose: I walked her to her car and exchanged numbers. And I said, “Hey, tell your mom I had a great time.”
Meredith: I didn’t feel, like, an instant spark. [But] I’m completely open to going out again. I’d say I see a really good friendship with possible growth for a relationship, but I’m not necessarily ready to jump into dating right away.
Jose: [The date] would be a strong 4 [out of 5]. I know when I left the date, I was in a really good mood. I’ll keep in contact with her. As of now, I can’t say there was a romantic connection. But she’s someone I’d like to get to know more in that way.
Meredith:It was wonderful and enjoyable, but I think since there wasn’t major romantic chemistry, I’d give it a 4, 4.5. I’m open to [getting together again], he has my number, he seems very interested in it, so I’m assuming he will [call]. I definitely have a busy schedule with school and events and stuff, but there’s always time to have dinner.
UPDATE: After the date, Jose and Meredith exchanged some texts. “This weekend we are planning to hang out in a fun, friendly manner with our friends,” he told us at press time.
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