Date Lab

Sunday, September 7, 2008

7:30 p.m., Uni Sushi, downtown

Neely: The day of the date was ridiculously hot. I walked into the restaurant and saw [a guy] sitting at a table off to the corner. I was pretty sure it was Dave, but I walked past him to the bathroom [to freshen up], and then they took me to the table. He has a small beard and dark hair. He was kind of cute.

David: I'm a personality-based assessor, so I try not to make judgments right away, but, yeah, she was definitely cute.

Neely: We sat for a while, got the small-talk business out of the way. We were speculating as to why they matched us, and I joked the headline would be, "Two consultants something something . . . "

David: Once we dove into that, it actually turned out to be very different, what we do. She does research projects for a company that [consults on] generic pharmaceuticals. I always found [science] interesting. And the whole dynamic between the mainstream commercial pharmaceutical companies and the generics, I find interesting.

Neely: He was saying that a lot of politicians were really cool. It gave politics more of a human side; that's something that I don't get to see. Once we got past the initial, This is kind of awkward, it stopped being awkward. We did a sake bomb, at one point, and we got a bunch of sushi to share.

David: There was a sense of getting along. Everything that one of us decided to talk about, the other one was interested in talking about. We talked about family, we both had similar kind of family structure and we both liked the sushi.

Neely: After dinner, we hung out there for a little bit, and he offered to drive me back to the Metro. It was around 10 p.m. We drove there and then just sat in his car for a while, listened to music and talked more. A long time, apparently. I think I left at 11:30. There was a little bit [of flirting]. It was very friendly and innocent, but there was some going on.

David: There was definitely a hint of playfulness. I got the sense that she was happy to be there with me. But we talked about when the Metro closed, and we thought she should probably get going. I was also getting tired; she made fun of me for yawning.

Neely: [On a scale of 1 to 5,] I'd rate the date a 4. Everything went really well; he's a really good guy, pretty much exactly what I asked for. But I kind of say, I'll put the ball in your court. I guess it's a coping mechanism. I'm not ready to get my hopes up.

David: I'd say a 3. I enjoyed the evening, she's interesting and we're similar personalities. I'm pretty confident she's going to call me, but if I didn't hear from her in a couple of days, I'd call.

Interviews by Elizabeth Chang

UPDATE: Neely and David texted while both were out with friends one Saturday night, but they weren't able to meet up. "I assume we'll see each other at some point," Dave says. Neely isn't as sure: "I don't really expect to hear from him."

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