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Date Lab: He's not feeling so hot. Will it cool their date?

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

7:30 P.M., CAFE ASIA, ARLINGTON

Evan: I started feeling bad the day of the date. It was a stomach thing. I tried to have a beer beforehand. That didn't help at all. I was feeling terrible, but I didn't want to postpone. I drove down and got there about five minutes early and was seated.

Lauren: I picked out my outfit ahead of time and did my hair and makeup and just drove there. I was excited to meet someone new. When I walked in, I said that I had a reservation for The Washington Post, and they walked me to the table. Evan stood up and hugged me. He seemed like he'd be a nice guy to talk to -- he had a nice smile.

Evan: She's definitely a pretty girl, and she seemed like she was in good shape. She was well dressed. She's probably someone I'd talk to if I were out on the weekend.

Lauren: I don't think he's someone I'd normally go up to, but once I was introduced, he's someone that I'd see as my type. He was dressed in a button-down shirt and jeans, and he was clean-cut, so he definitely fit [my] profile. We sat down, and I asked him, "Have you ever been on a blind date before?" So we talked about that a little.

Evan: We talked a lot about college. We talked about traveling quite a bit. We talked about her job. We talked about our families and our childhoods. It was all over the place. There were definitely some moments that, not surprisingly, were a little bit slow. But I thought it went decently well, considering everything.

Lauren: We had a lot of good connections. We both went to small schools, and he was born in Australia and I studied abroad there. That was a big connection for me. He said he wanted to go back someday. And he used to play soccer and I used to play soccer, so we talked about sports.

Evan: We both were fans of sushi. We ordered a couple of appetizers. I was not hungry, [but] I knew I should eat. [And] I had two beers. I think talking to her took my mind off the stomach thing, so I felt a little better.

Lauren: When our meal came, [the server] brought us this huge platter of sushi, which we couldn't finish. But we ate and continued talking.

Evan: I think the conversation went all right. It certainly didn't help that I was feeling bad. I was probably not exactly myself. There were definitely times where I was, like, I think I'm going to pass out. [But] I was trying my best, [and] I was having a good time.

Lauren: He told me [he was sick], and I was, like, "Are you going to be okay?" I could tell that he was trying to make the date fun for me. I don't know what his normal personality is, so it was hard to tell if he was acting differently. He did make a comment that he'd been looking forward to [the date], so that kind of put me more at ease.

Evan: I think by the end, we started getting a little more comfortable. I think there was a little flirting. We actually made a bet. She was claiming that our full names [wouldn't be] published, and I was, like, "Yeah, they definitely are." So we bet a beer. [Editor's note: Pay up, Lauren.]


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