Andrew Sherman, 23, financial data analyst
The last thing he read and enjoyed: Harry Markopolos’s book about Madoff [No One Would Listen]
Who would play him in the movie of his life: Pierce Brosnan
Molly Somers, 22, graphic design grad student
First thing people notice in her home: the cozy atmosphere – fireplace and bookshelves
Recently read Falconer by John Cheever
7 p.m. Vlora Restaurant, Back Bay
Appetite for risk
Molly: I was calm. There is no reason to be nervous if you have nothing to lose.
Andrew: I was pretty calm, more so than usual.
Molly: I was in the city for the day, so I didn’t really do anything to prepare. I ironed my shirt in the morning.
Andrew: I was there first; waited on the couches. There was hardly anyone there, so I knew it was her when she came in. She was attractive – tall, brunette, thin.
Molly: He is handsome and tall, well dressed, not exactly my type physically.
Going for broke
Andrew: We talked about jobs, aspirations, family, European travel experiences, friends’ relationships and stories about those, a little of her own personal relationships, and artsy things that I had no idea about previously.
Molly: Andrew likes to travel and often reads Boston.com, and his favorite band is Dave Matthews.
Andrew: I think within the first few minutes I had the sense that she would be cool to hang out with. I haven’t met too many girls like her – artsy, sort of sophisticated but not pretentious, outgoing but still a little reserved.
Molly: We have nothing in common. We have both been to Italy. . . .
Andrew: The fact that we were both there indicates similar personalities, because we were willing to go meet some random person with nothing to lose but something to gain.
Molly: Andrew is not my type, and though I am open-minded, the conversation did not reveal anything desirable about his personality. He was very nice and smart, but I don’t know enough about him to like or dislike him. I think we were both cautious about the conversation.
Andrew: I attempted to kiss her in the hallway near the bathrooms, a “valiant attempt,” as described by her.
Molly: A valiant attempt, though unwarranted. It is awkward to deny someone and then continue a normal conversation.
Cutting your losses
Andrew: We didn’t do anything after the meal, although that would have been a good idea.
Molly: We finished our dessert and had the waitress take our picture. I gave him my number but did not expect a call.
Andrew: We hopped on the Green Line together; I got off first.
Molly: We had an awkward side hug on the T. We went our separate ways.
A second date?
Andrew: It’s certainly possible, for all the reasons I said above.
Molly: Andrew is a really nice guy and I would spend more time with him as a social acquaintance, but nothing more. I would love to set him up with one of my friends.
– Compiled by Maria Oliver
Go on a blind date. We’ll pick up the tab. Fill out an application at http://www.boston.com/cupid.