Rolling the dice
They're crazy for Vegas. But will they gamble on a second date?
Kate McCulley, 24, Interactive media specialist
Stranded on an island she'd want: A thick journal, her iPhone, an atlas for browsing
She's a catch because: She's well-read -- and will do anything on a dare.
Mike Smoragiewicz, 25, Investment management
He's a catch because: He loves life and has a carefree attitude.
His perfect Saturday includes: Reading, writing in his journal, drinks and dancing with friends
8 p.m. Tremont 647, South End
First Moves Kate: My co-workers helped me pick my outfit. They lobbied for me to wear nothing but pasties. I compromised and bought a new push-up bra on the way home. Couldn't hurt! I threw a solo Michael Jackson dance party in my apartment to ward off nerves.
Mike: I took a short nap, then drank a beer in the shower and got ready.
Kate: I got there first and took the more obscured seat at the table, so I'd have the extra few seconds to check him out.
Mike: Kate was dazzling. I greeted her with a big hug. She smelled really good, a huge plus. I appreciate a woman with a sense of style.
Kate: He was definitely cute, with a cool beard and a great smile.
Warming Up Mike: We established a playful rapport fairly quickly. We had plenty in common -- everything from a passion for traveling to our tastes in music.
Kate: He likes to read autobiographies, and I like to read memoirs. And we shared our love for both great and awful music. We're both close to our families.
Mike: She was upbeat, energetic, and had a good sense of humor. She had a joie de vivre, which I found sexy.
Kate: We both love Las Vegas. He likes to gamble, and I'm more into the club scene, but we're crazy about that city.
Mike: I may have fallen in love with Kate after we discussed each other's adventures in Las Vegas. I didn't think it was possible to find someone who enjoys Sin City as much as I do.
Kate: It wasn't a deal breaker, but I was shocked he doesn't vote. Politics are a huge part of my life. At least he doesn't listen to Limbaugh. When he started ribbing me about my questionable taste in dive bars, I couldn't help but laugh -- and I started thinking I might like this guy.
Upping the Ante Kate: After dinner, Mike asked if I felt like getting a drink and suggested the Beehive. Classy suggestion! I had planned on asking him the same thing.
Mike: It was Thursday night and still early -- of course I wanted to stay out later. Plus, we seemed to be enjoying each other's company.
Kate: I couldn't believe it was midnight. Mike needed to get to the T, and I was walking home, so we walked together as far as the station.
Mike: Kate gave me her business card, which I thought was dorky but cute at the same time. The night ended with a hug.
Kate: He texted me when I got home. I wasn't expecting that at all!
Post-Mortem Mike's grade: B+
Kate's grade: A-/B+
Second date? Likely. They've been texting, and both want to see where it goes.
GO ON A BLIND DATE. WE'LL PICK UP THE TAB.
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