(Courtesy of the daters)

About the daters ...

First thing in the morning ...

Annie: Hit the snooze, then turn on “Morning Joe” on MSNBC.

Andy: I brush my teeth, obviously. Then I turn on “Good Morning America.” I always watch Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos. I love George. He’s my hero.

Likelihood you’ll talk to a stranger at a bar ...

Annie: Pretty good. I’m friendly and tend to over-share. I typically assume others are the same. (They typically are not.)

(Courtesy of the daters)

Andy: One hundred percent.
Strangers are friends, in my eyes.

Brag a little ...

Annie: I’m a great girlfriend. I’m independent and ambitious, but I know how to take care of someone and be taken care of. I’m loyal, affectionate and a lot of fun. I like to think I’m pretty funny and communicate well. And as long as we’re bragging, I’m a GREAT kisser.

Andy: Tall. Fit. Employed. I like to think that I’m a chivalrous guy. It’s very important to me. I’m a humble, down-home Midwestern guy. I mix the Midwestern charm with the intelligence of a guy who loves D.C. politics.

About the date ...

7:30 p.m., Bistro D’oc, downtown

Annie: I knew I wouldn’t have time to go home, so I brought a change of clothes, my curling iron and all my makeup [to work]. About 7:20 I hopped in [a] cab. I wanted to be a little bit late — I did not want to be the first one there.

Andy: I ended up being a little early. She came in by herself, and she was looking around. The host was all over the place; I wasn’t going to let her just stand there. I stood up and introduced myself.

Annie: He was really cute. He’s not my “tall, dark and handsome” type — he is tall, blond and handsome. He had a really big smile, too, which is something I’m always attracted to.

Andy: She was very beautiful — that was relieving. She seemed a little nervous.

Annie: I sat down, and I was sweating; it was awkward for me for the first 10 minutes. I went to the bathroom. I got hold of myself and calmed down.

Andy: Politics came up pretty quickly. I get a drink in my face or a pat on my back for telling people where I work [at Media Matters]. I hate to be so D.C. about it, but I had to know.

Annie: We’re both pretty liberal Democrats, so we both had a sigh of relief. As the conversation went on, we realized we have so much in common. We are both from the Midwest. When I found out he graduated in 2010, the same year that I did, I was a little nervous. I tend to find guys that are exactly my age are more immature. He was grounded, very confident and sure of himself. I would have thought he was 26 or 27.

Andy: We had picked out what [entrees] we wanted and put the menus down. She had gotten up to go to the bathroom, and the waiter came over. I told the waiter what we both wanted. I didn’t want her to think I was trying to be the man and order for her. When she came back, I expressed those feelings to her. She just laughed.

Annie: Neither of us really ate that much. Our conversation was going so well — [the food] was kind of an afterthought.

Andy: She is very passionate about singing. She’s in a semi-professional ensemble. They have some big show in August; I asked her about it. Maybe I’ll end up going — I don’t know.

Annie: He does the different D.C. sports things, and he’s on a softball team. He told me he is [the] world’s best Skee baller and under no circumstance could I ever beat him, which I challenged him to.

Andy: She likes Twitter. I am big into Twitter, as well. We were using Twitter lingo [in our conversation]. I was refilling our glasses of wine, and I spilled some on the table, so I said “hash tag fail.” Or, the date was going well, so, “hash tag winning.”

Annie: [By] dessert, we were more comfortable with each other, and from then on, it was pretty flirty.We went over [the Date Lab budget], and he paid [the extra]. He would not let me split it, even though I suggested it. He said “No, no, no, I don’t want to offend your liberal sensitivities, but you’re not going to do that.” It was probably 10:30.

Andy: She asked if I wanted to get drinks. We stopped some couple on the street and asked them to take a picture of us. They suggested we go to Hill Country.

Annie: [At the bar] he said, “I don’t know your last name.” It was crowded and hard to hear, so I put [my name] into his phone. I think he was trying
to get me to put my number in, but I was not going to unless he asked for it. He said: “What are you doing this weekend? I’ll call you.” I said, “You don’t have my number.” Then I gave it to him.

Andy: We ordered some beer. We actually took a shot of tequila. We ended up dancing a little bit. We were flirting quite heavily — getting a little physical, I guess.

Annie: These people next to us found out we were on Date Lab. The woman was very drunk and said, “No one ever works out ... [but] you two are going to last.”

Andy: We shut Hill Country down — they were putting up chairs. I made a move once everybody had cleared out and ended up with a [kiss]. We went upstairs. She got the cab, and I think she went in for [another] kiss there out on the street.

Annie: I definitely gave him a hug, and there may or may not have been a kiss goodnight. I would give [the date] a 4.5 [out of 5], only because I was so nervous in the beginning. We clicked so much — we will definitely go out again.

Andy: I would say 4.5. I had way more in common with this girl than any dates I’ve been on out here. It went great, [but] as far as hobbies, we’re into different things; she is into arts, I am constantly on the move playing sports. I do think we quite possibly may hang out in the future. I sent her a text message that night saying it was very nice to meet her and I had a good time. She asked me [to friend her] on Facebook last night, so I hope she [follows] me on Twitter. I’m trying to get more followers.

Update: Annie responded to Andy’s text, but says he is not someone she would pursue romantically. They have not been in touch since then.

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