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Date Lab: This date is hot. But in the right way?

Martin: From that point on, the date was more romantic and less platonic. [But] there wasn't any sort of nervousness on my part, which I would associate with a higher level of attraction and wanting something more serious to happen from it.

Christa: We were cuddled on this love seat looking out over the city, and he suddenly suggested I finish my drink. I think it was around 11. It threw me off guard. I knew he had farther to go to get home, so I chalked it up to that. But he offered to give me a ride home since he had his car and I had my bike.

Martin: I was questioning that she would be biking home at midnight. So we walked back to where I had parked and put her bike in my car, and I drove her home.

Christa: He helped me carry my bike in. He asked for my phone number. I gave him my card.

Martin: She said, "Is it too Washington to give you my business card?" I said, "I think it's too Washington to say that." We exchanged affections.

Christa: But nothing happened that my mother wouldn't have approved of.

Martin: I would give the date itself a 4.5 [out of 5]. We had a lot in common, but [there wasn't] the hard-to-define feeling that I can best sum up as having a crush on someone. She is not someone that I would have a serious relationship with. I am very picky.

Christa: I would give it a 4. I think it would be fun to see him again and get to know him a bit more and do something like hiking. I'm not sure we'll have a deeper connection than that. If I had seen him online, I don't know if we would have matched up, but it was fun to go outside of my usual comfort zone.

Interviews by Nina Patel

UPDATE: Martin and Christa have chatted on the phone a few times since the date and plan to go hiking soon.

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