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Date Lab: With a name like Love, he could be the one

Brennan Love, 27, paralegal, and Megan Jeffries, 24, human resources assistant. (Photograph courtesy of daters)

The “multifaceted” and “irreverent” Brennan is looking for a lady who’s smart, warm, a “good talker” and “willing to make time.” Megan can hold a conversation with anyone, loves a good adventure and seeks a guy who is “kind, generous and patient.” Oh, and since she’s 6 feet tall, he’ll need a bit of height on his side. We sent them to Farmers Fishers Bakers on the Georgetown waterfront.

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Megan: He just looked like a really pleasant, kind person. He was very tall, and he was handsome.

Brennan: She was very tall — I’m very tall, [so] that’s an attractive thing, definitely a plus. I think there was some initial awkwardness. But we got past that.

Megan: We talked a little bit about work but both decided work was a pretty boring topic. I’d much rather talk about food. He really, really likes food.

Brennan: I love to cook; she loves to cook. We talked for a long time about what we like to make. She mentioned [some] unorthodox ways of combining that I’d never have thought of, [such as] a chicken dish she topped with a mixture of blueberries and whipped cream. It actually sounded pretty good.

Megan: I like to feed people. I think for me food is often an excuse to get together with people.

Brennan: We talked about being outdoors, hiking, camping. We both like to do that.

Megan: I’m going to Germany in a week, so we talked about travel. We both like … how can I say this without sounding awkward or nerdy? I can’t. We both like fantasy novels — he really loves “Game of Thrones”; [I like] a series called “Wheel of Time.”

Brennan: I’d describe her as very smart, maybe a bit introverted, and multifaceted. We were talking about [giving] back to the community. I volunteer for my local Boy Scout troop, as a teacher for outdoors-related things. She volunteers for a crisis hotline.

Megan: I was looking for ways to give back; I was starting to feel like a selfish 20-something. There was a suicide scare, a person about to jump off the Key Bridge. Someone talked him down. I heard commuters complaining about the time it took away from their commute. But that three hours saved his life. A co-worker mentioned Crisis Link, and I thought, This sounds amazing. It’s [now] actually one of the most fulfilling things in my life.

Brennan: We talked about how you withstand it because it’s got to be stressful. She seemed very enthusiastic about it. It’s something I find very impressive.

Megan: I’m pretty sure the restaurant closed by the time we were done talking. We walked around the waterfront a bit.

Brennan: I walked her back to her car, and she dropped me off at the Metro.

Megan: I gave him my number [and] put his number in my phone. And then he just kind of smiled and said, “I hope you have a great night.”

Brennan: I think we’ll communicate again after she goes on vacation. I think I’d ask her out on a proper date. I think there’s potential worth exploring.


Megan: I would give it a 4.5 [out of 5.] I enjoyed the company, enjoyed talking to him. I would be very open to [a second date].

Brennan: A 4. I think that we connected. It was a real, honest, fun evening.


Brennan and Megan kept in touch while she was on her European travels and had a second date scheduled when this story went to press.

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