Dating history as TV show ...
Tom: A young American navigates the complex game of English middle-class dating.
Kaitlin: Girl likes entertaining her friends with comedic reenactments. While traveling the world gets herself into many strange dating situations just “for the story.” The awesome guys never work out, because she is always leaving town.
Brag a little ...
Tom: I’ve spent most of my life living in the U.K., so I have a British accent. I also like to think I have at least a little British charm. I’m good-looking, intelligent, and I have a fun sense of humor. I also tend to go into dates with a very open mind, so even if we don’t have a romantic connection, we tend to have fun.
Kaitlin: My friends say I tell great stories, and I’ve got more than white-girl dance moves. I’m smart, and I have a great job, and I am always in a good mood. I hate drama.
Dream date ...
Tom: A Mila Kunis type — someone stunning, cool, confident and with a great sense of humor.
Kaitlin: A Spanish-speaking soccer star or actor who has a few tattoos but looks awesome in a suit and spends his time running humanitarian projects.
Interests to share ...
Tom: Politics, culture, sports, interest
in the world, good sense of humor.
Kaitlin: I hope that he would like dancing and be liberal. As long as he’s up for new things, we could learn about each other’s interests.
7:30 p.m., Rustico, Ballston
Kaitlin: I was the first one there. He walked in, and immediately he’s like, “Hello, we have to hug; we weren’t going to shake!” He was so friendly from the first instant.
Tom: Handshakes are too formal. So I said, “Oh, we’ll have to hug it out.” We had a bit of a laugh about that. We sat down and just started talking.
Kaitlin: I knew within 15 seconds it was a good selection. He’s definitely very attractive. I guess he is American but has lived in England. So many Americans have a weakness for the accent and everything, so it was nice.
Tom: I was extremely, positively surprised. I thought it would be an attractive woman, but Kaitlin, I thought, was really beautiful.
Kaitlin: When you don’t know someone and you don’t have any stake in the date — it’s not a friend of a friend or something — you might as well be your entire personality, because they can either take it or leave it, right? So I think I dropped a really inappropriate swear word, and he just burst out laughing, like, “Kaitlin! I can’t believe you said that word within the first seven minutes of the date. I love it.” We were joking most of the night.
Tom: We were talking about different types of humor and sarcasm being bigger in the U.K. That was quite fun, it broke the ice and became quite relaxed early on. We ordered a couple of pizzas, a steak and a salad. We tasted a couple of beers on the menu.