Dinner with Cupid

Getting schooled

What happens when first-date talk turns to public policy?

January 3, 2010

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Michael Nichols, 26, Attorney

Stranded on an Island He’d Want: Sam Adams Summer Ale, Fenway Franks, and his BlackBerry

His Perfect Date: A warm-up drink followed by a relaxed dinner at another spot

Samantha Spaeth, 23, Educator

Her Perfect Saturday: A museum visit, bookstore browse, and pub with friends

Says She’s a Catch Because: She’s smart but social, and teaching high schoolers gives her lots of stories.

7:30 p.m. Bouchee, Back Bay

A New Do Michael: I got a haircut over the weekend.

Samantha: I was looking forward to it, but hoping we’d get along.

Michael: I was definitely nervous. This was my first blind date.

Samantha: Michael walked in while I was outside. I think the hostess was enjoying watching the whole thing play out.

Michael: She seemed much calmer than I felt. It took me a minute or two of conversation to relax.

Samantha: I thought he was cute. He was friendly right off the bat.

Different Opinions Michael: I discovered she’s three years younger, which, while not at all a deal breaker, was new for me. I usually date women the same age or a little older.

Samantha: I found out that Michael was a lawyer and went to UConn. I don’t think there was ever an awkward silence. We talked about our jobs, sports, and what we studied in school. I was pleased with our conversation.

Michael: I’d say 75 percent or more of what we talked about was related to her job as a teacher, charter schools, and education reform generally. Since she works at a highly regarded charter school and I work in the Legislature as school reform is being considered, it was interesting conversation.

Samantha: We had different opinions, but I enjoyed our discussions and hearing his thoughts. He’s clearly a smart guy and very easy to talk to.

Michael: We didn’t have much in common. However, my mother is a teacher and Samantha is a teacher, while her father is a lawyer and I’m a lawyer, which was kind of funny.

Samantha: I’m from New Jersey and he’s from Connecticut, so we had similar experiences with feuding sports teams.

Michael: I could tell early on that it was probably not going to work. Although we spent a long time talking about her life and job, she didn’t really ask the same questions of me. The conversation was friendly but platonic.

Samantha: I enjoyed the evening, but tried not to overanalyze it. I was surprised when I realized how much time had passed.

Names and Numbers Michael: I walked her to the T.

Samantha: It was a Monday night, and we both had work in the morning.

Michael: She pointed out that we didn’t know each other’s last names or contact information, so we ended up exchanging numbers.

Samantha: We hugged. And then I went to catch the T.

Post-Mortem Michael says: B

Samantha says: A-

A Second Date?

Samantha says she’s up for it, but Michael felt they lacked chemistry and common interests.

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