Date Lab

Sunday, June 21, 2009


Whitney: I was coming back from New York, so I had four hours on the bus to think about [the date]. I wasn't nervous, just excited. I got to the restaurant first. They took me to a table at the back.

Brian: I was nervous because I've only been on, like, one blind date before. [But] they brought me over to her, and she was exactly what I could have hoped to see: tall, really good-looking.

Whitney: He's really cute and has a great smile. He's my type. I probably would have gone up to him if we were at a concert or a bar. We shook hands, and then he sat down.

Brian: She was like, "I hope you don't mind. I ordered a Maker's," and I was like, My girl! We got drinks and an appetizer.

Whitney: He's a musician, and I love, love, love music. He mentioned this artist that I'm really into, Bassnectar. I went to the bathroom, and I texted my friend and said, "He had me at Bassnectar." Then he went to the bathroom. When he came back I said, "Did you text anyone?" And he said, "I texted my friend and said, 'It's good. She knows who Bassnectar is.' "

Brian: It's a DJ [who is] kind of obscure. I was kind of shocked [she knew the name]. It was really easy to talk to her. She's living in Georgetown, but she seems to be more into the hipster [scene] -- Adams Morgan, U Street -- which is what I'm into. It was the traditional early getting-to-know-you conversation, but the rapport was not awkward.

Whitney: We didn't order for, like, two hours. When I told him I was a vegetarian, he threatened to leave. He, of course, orders a steak, which I was jealous of. I'm kind of a recent vegetarian. He ordered it rare, which was a huge turn-on.

Brian: I teased her with the steak a little bit. [Then] we were talking about places to hang out, and I mentioned Wonderland [Ballroom]. We had dessert. Then, we might have both said at the same time, "Let's go get a drink." So we popped over there.

Whitney: We sat outside and made friends with people. I think I was definitely in like with him. We had good chemistry.

Brian: I'm terrible on picking up on that, but she'd grab my arm when she was telling me something, or I'd put my hand on the small of her back when we were walking.

Whitney: I remember looking at [the time] and being like, Holy crap, it's 12:15. We exchanged numbers, and I said I'd like to hang out again. He said the same.

Brian: I drove her home. [We had] the awkward car hug over the console.

Whitney: I'd [rate the date] a 4 out of 5. I would definitely like to see him again.

Brian: I'll [rate the date] a 4.5. I think I'm going to see her again, and I think we're going to have a great time.

Interviews by Christina Breda Antoniades

Update: It's the curse of the busy 20-somethings: texts and talking, plus "plans to make plans," says Brian, but travel has gotten in the way. Still, both say a second date is in the cards.


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