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Date Lab: Is it a bad date -- or just a bad match?

Wendy: It was all young kids, and they were all really drunk and loud and obnoxious. There was a boxing game that some guy was playing very loudly. [Mike] was like, "Oh, maybe we should play video games." I envisioned him wanting me to play the boxing game. That wasn't going to happen, so I steered it toward a shooting game.

Mike: It turns out she used to be in the military; she used to be a marksman. So she destroys me, of course. There were sporadic moments of almost flirting, but they didn't continue. She grabbed my arm for something when she was emphasizing a word, and she goes, "Oh!" feeling the bicep. That led to 10 seconds of flirty-flirty.

Wendy: It was not any overwhelming chemistry. He picked up the check for the wine, which was very gentlemanly.

Mike: [The manager] was like, "What are you guys doing here?" We explain Date Lab. He says, "I really like awkward situations, so is there is going to be a second date?" I said, "Probably not."

Wendy: He made the comment that we live so far away from each other. It would not be convenient, so there would have to be some extra spark there to want to drive an hour.

Mike: She did, I think playfully so, crack more than one joke about the vegan thing. But I am not offended by that. I was reminded continually that we didn't have that much in common. In the end, it became a joke: I'm the vegan from Ashburn. I'm the meat-eater from Arlington. I would not call the date a bad date. I would call it a bad match.

Wendy: We walked out to our cars, and he gave me a nice hug. [I would rate the date] 3 [out of 5] overall. [For] romance, I would give it a 1. [But] he's funny, he's nice, smart. I had a good time talking to him.

Mike: The person I would rate a 4. [But] I would give the date a 2. Sorry, Date Lab. We're just not compatible.

Interviews by Nina Patel

UPDATE: No surprise here: Mike and Wendy haven't been in touch since their date. We'll have to tally this one in the "mismatch" column.


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