Date Lab

Sunday, March 2, 2008

7:30 p.m., Kaz Sushi Bistro, Downtown

Tom: I got to the restaurant about 10 minutes early. I was nervous about getting through D.C. traffic, but this was the first time I've actually found where I needed to get in time.

Susie: When I got there, Tom was already at our table. He kind of half stood up and shook my hand. He had a really cute little baby face, and I kind of wanted to pinch his cheeks. He looked really young. I've been attracted to young-looking guys and short guys before, but I can tell right away, and I just didn't feel that initial spark.

Tom: I was pretty pleased when I saw her. I liked her smile and how she was dressed. I was happy that she was Asian, too, though I like all types.

Susie: When we first started talking, he seemed a little bit shy. But it got going really easily after we found that we had a lot of funny things in common.

Tom: I told her I was adopted, and she was like, "Are you serious?" She was, too. That's always a plus, because we share a lot of the same experiences, like how difficult it is to learn your native language when you're not brought up speaking it.

Susie: We kind of figured that was the reason we were set up, which was cool. I don't meet a ton of international adoptees.

Tom: We had a lot of other weird things in common. I told her how I often lose my check card at bars, and she said she does the same thing. And she's from Minnesota, and my parents took me there after I was adopted. I wasn't there long enough to develop a Minnesota accent like hers, though.

Susie: He mentioned that he's seen Radiohead four times; I said Radiohead was my favorite band.

Tom: The waitress asked for ID when I ordered the wine. I said that I was happy [to get carded] because I didn't want to look 26. And Susie was like: "You're 26? You're a baby!"

Susie: He chose the wine. He was like a little kid, like, "Let's get the most expensive bottle!" which was only $42. But it was cute. We ordered a bunch of dishes to share. Tom was definitely considerate -- always ensuring my wineglass was full and saying "cheers" each time he poured me a glass. When the bill came, we were around $25 over [the $125 Date Lab limit]. We both took out our temporary check cards, but he got the remainder, and we split the tip. I thought that was really nice of him.

Tom: I had to get up pretty early the next morning, and she did, too. But if I didn't, I would have liked to continue on somewhere else. My friend's band is playing at a lounge on Friday, so I invited her to come out. I'd give the date a 4 or 4.5 out of 5. I'm not really expecting too much out of it, since I just met her last night. If we hang out on Friday, that'd be cool. I'll probably call her on Thursday to see if she's still free.

Susie: He'd be a really great person to have as a friend. I may meet up with him. I'm a little bit trepidatious because I don't want him to think I'm into him, but, overall, the evening was really fun. I'd give it a 4.

Interviews by Michelle Hainer

UPDATE: Susie had a birthday dinner pop up on Friday. But the daters talked and clarified they'll just be friends, and Tom said he'd call again the next weekend, just to hang out.

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