Date Lab

Sunday, October 7, 2007

7:30 p.m., Daily Grill, Bethesda

Sue: Rob wasn't at the restaurant when I arrived, so I went straight to the bar.

Rob: The hostess pointed Sue out. She was very attractive. Her fun personality was there from the beginning. We shook hands, and she said, "Bartender, he looks like he needs a drink!"

Sue: I was drinking a Tanqueray and tonic, which he also ordered. So it was karma, the alcohol compatibility. He's definitely in the general parameters of my type: dark hair, smiles a lot, good teeth, good clothes. He even had a little magnetism.

Rob: We ordered appetizers and sat at the bar chatting. Neither one of us is quiet or shy, so we bonded immediately. I found out that she lives across the street from me.

Sue: I can literally see his building from my window. I can't believe that we've never met. We had a ton of things in common. We're both Jewish, though he's not incredibly observant. We'd both gone to the University of Michigan -- we even lived in the same dorm, though he was a year after me. My roommate was in his comedy group.

Rob: We got a table, ordered dinner. By then, we'd gotten past the typical first-date questions. She's a former prosecutor, so there were a couple of times when she was giving me the third degree. She asked: "So, Rob, you're 40 years old, you're attractive, you seem great. Why aren't you married?"

Sue: I'm paying him a total compliment -- I [know] a hundred women who'd salivate to spend time with him. But, yes, I've been told that I ask a lot of questions. When he told me about his 40th birthday party in the Bahamas earlier this year -- a group of friends planned it for him -- I also told him I was 41.

Rob: I thought about her age only because having kids is very important to me. We'd have to get started real quick. It's not that I wouldn't consider [it, but] honestly, I'm expecting I'll end up with someone in their early-to-mid-30s.

Sue: If he wants to have two or three kids, he should probably be with somebody younger. But that is what it is.

Rob: Being a guy, I can't tell if there was a serious romantic spark. If I had to guess, I'd say it seemed like we were pals.

Sue: I don't believe that at all. We were flirty. At his suggestion, we went for ice cream at Gifford's, about five blocks away. On our walk there, he did the small-of-the-back touch thing. We shared a scoop of chocolate marshmallow. Then he gave me a ride to my place in his convertible. That was the best part of the date! I love convertibles. The only problem was the ride was only four blocks.

Rob: I gave her my business card, and there was a peck on the lips, yes. The mouths stayed closed, however. I'd call the date a 4 [out of 5]. She's a great girl.

Sue: As a blind date, this was a 4.5. He's a top-notch guy. The kid thing may not work in our favor, but I'd be very surprised if we didn't see each other again.

Interviews by Jill Hudson Neal

UPDATE: Sue and Rob met for drinks, hung out with friends, even played golf at Sue's country club. They both say they expect to maintain their friendship.

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