Date Lab

Sunday, July 8, 2007

7:30 P.M. | BISTRO FRANCAIS | GEORGETOWN

Felicia: I took the Metro to Foggy Bottom, [and then took] a nice leisurely walk. I didn't want to seem too eager. The host brought me to the table, and, boom, there was Eric. He was very handsome. I said, Okay, this is going to be nice.

Eric: I saw this statuesque woman, about 6 feet tall. She's really beautiful -- beautiful face, beautiful eyes.

Felicia: As soon as I sat down, the ball was rolling. He noticed that I had a slight accent, so he asked me, "Where are you from?" I said that I'd spent five years recently in Paris. Before that, I was in Sweden.

Eric: We discovered we'd lived in Paris during the same time, and we came back to the States about the same time. It was a life-changing event for us both.

Felicia: His French was impeccable, so we spoke French. We talked about Paris: different parts of the city, how it makes you feel, how it changes you. We talked about his kids; he has three. Raising children, I think that makes a man more attractive. And he's a musician, so we talked about different Parisian venues he used to play. I thought, It just keeps getting better.

Eric: She seemed to take a liking to me, and I took a liking to her. Her laugh was fantastic -- eyes closed; head tilted back; big, throaty laugh. There was definite chemistry. Then she dropped the bombshell: She's moving to Korea next week.

Felicia: I'd submitted my Date Lab questionnaire months ago, when I was thinking about buying a house here and settling down. The next thing you know, I have this job offer. I accepted last week. So when I got the e-mail [saying I'd been matched], I was like, Should I go? But I really wanted to meet the person [Date Lab] thought a great match for me. Then, lo and behold, he is a great match.

Eric: It didn't freeze anything up. Quite the contrary. I could stop thinking: Does she like me? Will we go out again? It framed our date as: Let's just have fun. We had a kick-ass bottle of Pommard with dinner. It was $95. We figured, what the hell. We probably got out of there at, like, 11 p.m. We wanted to carry on, so we went to the Fox and Hounds. I go there quite often; we have a boys' happy hour there.

Felicia: Eric had brought some chocolates, so we sat on the terrace and had cognac and chocolates. We even held hands. Then he drove me home, because it was pretty late. He did ask me, "So do you think this could have been something?" and I said, "Yeah, I think so," and he said, "I think so, too."

Eric: We exchanged French bisous, a right cheek, left cheek, kiss kiss, with all the complimentary: "You're a wonderful woman," "You're a wonderful man." She's beautiful, well-spoken, classy. Sexy is a woman who's beautiful but thinks she's average; Felicia just embodied that completely. No scale can contain this woman. [On a scale of 1 to 5,] it's like in the movie "Spinal Tap," eleven.

Felicia: Always when you're about to leave, you meet someone. It stinks, but you never know. We both are very French at heart. I invited him to visit me in Korea. If he doesn't, we definitely want to meet up in Paris. I'd rate the date a 6 [on a scale of 1 to 5].

Interviews by Christina Breda Antoniades

Update: Eric and Felicia texted and talked in the days after the date. "I called her gorgeous; she called me handsome. How romantic is that?" Eric says. They plan to stay in touch.

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