What’s worse: being late or leaving early? Things get off to a rough start at Rooftop in Arlington for this couple.
Johnny: I was pretty nervous. It was a U-shaped booth facing the bar, and I didn’t know how I was going to hear her. After I sat down, I had a beer, and it was like 7:45, and I was like, All right. I stood up and left.
Carolyn: I got there, and I was maybe 9 to 11 minutes late. It was crowded. [The waitress] took me to the table, and the guy wasn’t there at all. There was a $20 bill folded up underneath a beer that had been drunk.
Johnny: The host called me and said, “Hey, the Washington Post [date] got here. I think you should come back; she’s pretty good-looking.”
Carolyn: My first thought was, Oh, this guy is pretty cute, and I remember seeing him as I was walking up to the bar — leaving the bar, so I was like, Oh, that’s odd.
Johnny: She’s pretty. I was like, Oh, my gosh, her eyes. You can tell she’s pretty confident. She was a little standoffish.
Carolyn: He seemed very nervous and anxious and like he didn’t really think he wanted to be there.
Johnny: It was never awkward. She’s definitely my type. Smart, pretty, athletic, works out. She’s into CrossFit; so am I. Well, I’m not into CrossFit, but I work out. But toward the middle of it, I was like, I don’t even know if she’s, like, really into this at all.
Carolyn: We kind of just got right into talking. He asked me, “Why did you sign up?” Then he revealed that he had been signed up for a long time and that he was going to get set up a while back and he canceled. And I was like, “Oh, that poor girl.” And he was like, “I just think it’s a weird thing.” In my mind, I was like, Why are you doing this at all?
Johnny: I was scared I would sit down with some girl who was socially awkward. She wasn’t. She was down-to-earth and funny. It was weird; I genuinely wanted to get to know her.
Carolyn: I didn’t ask because I generally find that to be a rude thing to ask, but he seemed a little young.
Johnny: She’s a financial analyst. She’s really into her job. I feel like it takes a lot of her time — she said she almost forgot about the date.
Carolyn: Our jobs are pretty different. But I have an interest in real estate and development and that aspect of stuff, so we talked about home remodeling and property values.
Johnny: We laughed a lot. We took the pictures, and she said, “It’s getting kind of late.”
Carolyn: We left the bar, and we went to the corner. He gave me a hug, and he asked me my last name so he could Facebook me.
Johnny: I should’ve asked for her number.
Carolyn: I was like, Oh, my God, you may as well just ask me for my AOL screen name. This is like fourth grade right now.
Carolyn: 2.5. He was a cute guy, but just not … I swear, is he 20, 18? Maybe I’m being rude, but he was a little insecure, a little immature.
Johnny: 3. I’m still on the fence. I just got a weird vibe; I don’t think she was feeling it at all.
The two have not talked since the date. Despite Johnny’s enthusiasm, we haven’t heard from him, even after repeated phone and e-mail messages. If only the Date Predict-o-meter had been given a chance.
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