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Sunday, April 29, 2007

8 p.m. | Sushi Taro | Dupont Circle

Mick: I'm going to come clean with you. I filled out my Date Lab survey when I was hung over. I put all these ridiculous things in it, just trying to be a faux hipster. When I was picked I was shocked, but I figured I like meeting people. Then, on my way to the restaurant, I worried my date wouldn't have the same goals. I wasn't in this to find my soul mate.

Jackie: I got to the restaurant early, and I sat at the table for five or 10 minutes until the hostess brought Mick over. He's attractive, but I don't know if I was attracted to him. I usually go for preppier-looking guys. There was something that instantly felt friendship-y.

Mick: She's a good-looking girl and friendly. We talked for a while: about what we do, that we both grew up here -- that peripheral stuff. We ordered a whole bunch of stuff because we were both hungry. And then we talked about traveling. We both went to Costa Rica. She didn't get to see the monkeys; I had up-close-and-personal experiences with them. I'd scream at them as we'd walk to the beach with our surfboards. They'd try and poop at us from the trees. It was weird.

Jackie: That made me laugh. I was getting little tastes of his personality, but he wasn't going to go all out on our first meeting. As the night went on, he got funnier.

Mick: The coolest thing we had in common was music. We both went to The Strokes at Constitution Hall. It was one of the best shows I've ever seen. She had video footage of it on her phone. I'm in a band, but I didn't tell her that until the end of the night. It didn't come up naturally until then.

Jackie: It was cool that he didn't bring it up until later. They're pretty popular, and he wasn't using that to impress me or sound cool. I hate when guys are arrogant or dropping names or hints about their car or how much money they make.

Mick: We were probably there for two hours. Then dinner was over, and I needed to get home. When we were leaving, I told her we were performing on the weekend, if she wanted to hang out. I gave her my e-mail and a hug.

Jackie: It was definitely a friend hug. On paper, he was a lot of what I want; we had a good time and had a lot in common, but something was missing. I don't want to say it's his looks; he was cute. I think sometimes people are disappointed when they don't meet [their soul mate] through Date Lab, but I wasn't. I had a lot of fun and did meet a new friend. I would rate the date a 4 out of 5.

Mick: Jackie is a lot of the things I'm interested in, but I'm not interested in dating her. [My life's] like one big party right now; I'm not ready for a serious girlfriend. But for the reason I went, the date was perfect. It was more fun than I thought I'd have. I'd give it a 4.8.

Interviews by Kelly DiNardo

UPDATE: Mick and Jackie e-mail regularly and recently "partied all night" with a group of friends, he says. There was no hooking up, but everyone got along well. "It was a blast."

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