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Sunday, April 5, 2009

7:30 P.M., CLYDE'S, GALLERY PLACE

Kat: I met a couple of friends at Bar Louie before I headed over [to Clyde's]. In the bathroom, somehow it came up that I was doing Date Lab that night. One woman was like, "Oh, my God!," and ran back and told all her friends. Later, walking out of the bar, I had a standing ovation. That set the tone for the evening. I was like, "This is going to be great!"

Greg: I'm not usually interested in blind dates, but [with Date Lab], I figured I had nothing to lose. The free meal and a story in the paper seemed fun. I was walking around Clyde's when [the restaurant staff] introduced me to Kat. She's this tall, blond girl who's very smiley and in shape. She's pretty, but not the type that I usually go for. I wasn't treating the night as a joke. But [when] she said she'd gone to the gym before the date to work out her nervousness, I was like, "Really? I took a nap."

Kat: He fit my tastes: good-looking, dark hair, light eyes. He wore a tie, which was super cute. We sat down and had a glass of merlot. It was great because he was really chatty.

Greg: We were talking about parties we go to, favorite types of music, things like that. She likes a lot of trashy VH1 reality shows that I hadn't ever heard of. It wasn't a turnoff, just something I'm not interested in. [And] I need someone who challenges me. A back-and-forth, roll-with-the-punches interaction. That wasn't there. But we were laughing a lot, and I liked that she wasn't afraid to make fun of herself. She cannot make up her mind when it comes to ordering. We sent that poor waitress away so many times. [Finally,] I got a steak, and she got the steak salad.

Kat: He had just gotten back from a weekend pub crawl [in Boston], so we started talking about "car bombs" [a shot glass of whiskey and Irish cream, dropped in Guinness and chugged]. They're prohibited [there] for some reason. The two of us were just yapping away. But it never got flirty. My impression is, the night was a funny story to tell friends. He wasn't looking to meet someone he might actually seriously date.

Greg: She hadn't seen anything she wanted on the dessert menu and had told me a story about how she loves candy. I was like, "Why don't we go next door to the movie theater, pick up some candy, and then do car bombs across the street at Rocket Bar?"

Kat: His plan sounded great. There weren't any romantic sparks, but I definitely liked his company.

Greg: So we did the car bombs and a couple rounds of beers [at Rocket Bar], just eating candy and drinking and exchanging funny-slash-embarrassing-slash-we-don't-care-what-other-people-think stories.

Kat: This is where it gets kind of blurry. We talked about sports a little, told funny stories. It was just shooting the breeze. When we walked out, it was almost midnight. We exchanged numbers and hugged. I'd have preferred if he'd waited a split second to make sure I got in a cab, but it wasn't that big a deal.

Greg: I give the date a 4 [out of 5]. I didn't go in looking for someone. I give her credit that it didn't end at 9:30 with us shaking hands.

Kat: There was never a point where I was like, "I can see myself making out with this guy." But it was really fun, and [the next day] I overslept and [felt] like crap. So how can you not give that a 4, at least?

Interviews by Stephen Lowman

UPDATE: A few days later, Greg took Kat to an art show and a movie. But that was that. "He said he'd contact me but never did," she says. "I need wit and sarcasm," he says. "We were on different pages."

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