Blind date: ‘My mother tried to get me on blind dates. That didn’t quite work out.’

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.

OPENING GAMBI

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.

POST-MORTEM

Johnny / B+

Tarah / A-

SECOND DATE?

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.

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