Date Lab: He's got a plan, but will she be willing to play along?
UPDATE -- JULY 8, 2010: About seven months after their date, Megan e-mailed Date Lab to report that she and Grant ... are engaged! Here's what she said:
[We] want to thank you for setting us up! We have been going strong ever since that first date and quickly realized that this was something serious. So serious, in fact, that Grant took me back to the scene of the crime, the roof of the W Hotel where we went for after-dinner drinks on our first date, and proposed! I happily accepted and we're getting married next July ... We're so happy to share the good news with you, and will give a toast to The Washington Post at our wedding!
We at Date Lab couldn't be more thrilled -- congratulations you two!
The report from their Date Lab set-up, which ran in the December 20, 2009 issue of The Washington Post Magazine, is below.
7:30 PM, Potenza, Downtown
Megan: I'm sort of recently single and after a few bottles of wine, [my friends] decided it would be great fun to sign me up for Date Lab. They just thought this was the bee's knees.
Grant: When I signed up [for Date Lab], I was totally like, There's no way I'll get picked. I'm not one of those people who wins things. I got [to the restaurant] pretty early and told the hostesses I'd go to the bar and wait there. I was just feeling that it was going to be a good night.
Megan: [Getting there] was sort of dramatic. The subway stopped working, and they made everyone get off. I ran upstairs and hailed a cab. I felt really bad, 'cause I'm usually really timely.
Grant: The hostess got me when Megan arrived. I thought she was really pretty; she has curly hair. She's my type, definitely. I was like, Wow, that's awesome. She said she was a little late, but I didn't think she was. I didn't even look at my watch.
Megan: I was like, Oh, he's cute! For some reason, in my mind, [Grant] just sounds like the name of a man who has a beard. I don't know why. He didn't have one, which is fine. He's someone I definitely would be attracted to if I saw him out.
Grant: She said she liked white wine, and I [do] too, so that was the beginning of us getting along. Before we knew it, we had launched into all this conversation. She was curious about what I do, and that led into [that] she's in grad school and we both have some things in common about working in the school system. I think it was cool that she asked me questions about what I do as a social worker, because a lot of times it doesn't happen on dates. She seemed generally interested and wanted to know more. So it very naturally flowed from subject to subject. The waiter had to keep coming back to the table, [but] I was just so into her and not really paying attention to the menu. The food was great, but I was more listening to her, and the food was somewhat secondary for me.