TARA S.: 31 / human resources
HER HOBBY’S: Swimming, reading, traveling
WHAT MAKES HER A CATCH: She is extremely loyal and emotionally intelligent.
2:00 PM MONUMENT RESTAURANT & TAVERN, CHARLESTOWN
ON THE PLATE
Johnny My mom tried to get me on blind dates. That didn’t quite work out.
Tarah I texted my friends and sister and watched a few shows.
Johnny I did a 30 minute boot camp workout on my Peloton.
Tarah I’ve never been on a real blind date before so I was feeling nervous but open to the experience.
Johnny I am a runner and always compare [first dates] to run a race. I’m most nervous at the starting line, but once that gun goes off and I really start, the nerves seem to calm down.
Tarah The hostess escorted me to our table.
Johnny I got there early and had some water while I waited. The hostess brought Tarah along.
Tarah [He] was smartly dressed with a button-up shirt and a smartwatch. He looked older than me.
Johnny Tarah seemed calm and outgoing. We ordered drinks and immediately started talking. We postponed ordering food because we were so busy.
Tarah Johnny is a very interesting person. He has his own chess business, which I admire. We talked a lot about TV and books. We also talked about the Boston dating scene and dating apps.
Johnny Tarah talked about her work in human resources and I talked about running my own chess business with my mom as an instructor – I think she got a kick out of that. She mentioned looking The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix and thereby be inspired to learn chess. I told her it’s never too late to learn the game.
Tarah He is a very nice person and we had a good chat for about two hours.
Johnny There were no awkward silences – the conversation seemed easy. After a break from dating, I was pleasantly surprised to have such a fun first date.
Tarah I ordered a chicken sandwich and a blackberry margarita. I’ve been to the restaurant and the service and food are great.
Johnny I ordered the pork carnitas hash. The food was excellent.
Tarah When we talked about books and our interests in TV shows, I thought: I saw that we were good friends.
IT’S A DRAWING
Johnny We didn’t do anything after the date. I texted her after I got home to say I enjoyed meeting her. She texted back that she was enjoying the date too.
Tarah I told Johnny I was having a good time and we exchanged numbers. We walked out together, hugged and said goodbye.
Johnny / B+
Tarah / A-
Johnny We said it would be nice to be together again.
Tarah I didn’t really feel a romantic connection with him. I would love to have him as a friend to discuss books, shows and our funny dating stories.