Dinner with Cupid

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Will like minds attract when two wholesome 20-somethings meet?

November 29, 2009

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Asunta DeRienzo, 25, Behavioral counselor

Her perfect Saturday: Sleep in, brunch, gym, then head to the city with friends

She’s happiest: Surrounded by her loving, supportive family

Jim Daiute, 27, Research analyst

Stranded on an island, he’d want: A football, barbecue, and beers

He’s happiest when: At the Cape with family and friends

7:30 p.m. Siros, Quincy

Synchronicity Asunta: I went shopping because I wanted to look nice.

Jim: I wasn’t feeling too great, so I tried to take a nap before getting ready.

Asunta: I felt a mixture of nerves and excitement. I love meeting new people, but I had never been on a blind date.

Jim: I was fine until I arrived at the restaurant. Then I became nervous.

Asunta: We were both on time; we even walked in at exactly the same time.

Jim: With such a unique first name, I really had no idea what to expect. Certainly not a cute blonde with blue eyes and a nice smile.

Asunta: My first impression of Jim was: What a nice-looking guy who carried a charismatic smile!

Talk to Her Jim: She seemed relaxed and calm.

Asunta: I felt like Jim was a little nervous at first, with the numerous questions he came up with. But he carried himself very respectfully.

Jim: We both come from good-size families who are a large part of our lives, both live in the same towns we grew up in, and both went to private Catholic high schools. She’s very driven and focused on her career. I liked that even though she’s busy with school and work, she still volunteers on weekends.

Asunta: Jim grew up in one of the surrounding towns from me.

Jim: I don’t know that I was completely comfortable the entire night. I felt like I talked too much.

Asunta: At first I felt a little nervous, thinking, “Are we going to click or not?” But his mannerisms and friendliness made the conversation easier.

Jim: Over the course of the night I found she was a very nice person and I enjoyed her company. That just added to the attractiveness.

Asunta: I think the attraction grew the more he opened up to me. When he talked about his family, the stories he shared were personal but positive. He just seemed like a really genuine guy that came from a loving and supportive family. The more I got to know him the more I found myself liking his character.

Closing Down the Place Jim: When we finally left the restaurant I was really tired and still not feeling too great.

Asunta: The date ended because the restaurant was closing, which I found to be a good sign.

Jim: She wasn’t sure where she parked, so we walked in the general direction of my car. It turns out I was driving behind her when we arrived earlier.

Asunta: We exchanged numbers, hugged goodbye in hopes to talk again sometime soon.

Post-Mortem Asunta says: A

Jim says: A-

A Second Date? Jim: I’d like to. We’ll see what happens.

Asunta: I am hoping to see him again!

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