Dinner with Cupid

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Will this exercise enthusiast impress this sneaker designer?

August 7, 2011

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Doug Star, 47, catalog buyer

His hobbies: Addicted to spin classes; exasperated parent of two teenagers

What people notice about his home: How neat and sparse it is

Judy Close, 47, athletic shoe designer

What people notice in her home: Her beautiful kitchen

Her ideal mate: Understands the complexity of teenagers

7 p.m. Nourish, Lexington

Getting in gear

DOUG My work colleagues gave me some tips and approved of my outfit. I made sure to get to the restaurant early so I could order a glass of wine before the date started.

JUDY I checked my makeup.

DOUG [I was] slightly nervous, since it’s been about 20 years since my last date – but I did calm down once I had my wine.

JUDY I was open-minded, because I have met a lot of really nice men on blind dates.

Coasting along

Doug: Judy arrived right on time. She came up and introduced herself.

Judy: The restaurant was not very busy, so it was not hard to find him.

Doug: I thought Judy was attractive. She was dressed in a cute dress, bright blue, that highlighted her coloring. She seemed very natural and low-maintenance.

Judy: He seemed to care about what he was wearing and was clean-shaven.

Doug: Judy works at Reebok as a shoe designer, which was pretty cool. We both have spent time overseas in China for work and enjoy traveling.

Judy: He moved to the area around five years ago. He has been separated/divorced for a year.

Doug: We both have kids the same age, so are going through similar situations (college applications, high school drama).We both enjoy exercise, although she runs more than I do.

Judy: He likes to [take] spin [classes] five or six days a week.

Doug: Judy was easygoing, and we seemed to find plenty of things to talk about. There were a few awkward pauses, but the two hours did go by quickly.

Judy: I asked a lot of questions to get an idea of what types of things he did in his free time. It would have been nice if he asked me some questions, too.


Doug: It’s hard to get a full sense of a person in just a few hours, but I did feel like we had enough in common. It did not seem as awkward as a blind date could be.

Judy: He didn’t share a lot about his personal interests. He basically talked about work and kids and didn’t really ask any questions about my interests.

Doug: We were done with dinner and drinks, so it seemed like a natural point to leave. She said it was time for her to go, and we walked out together.

Judy: When we finished eating, it felt like we ran out of things to talk about.

Doug: We shook hands and both said that we had enjoyed meeting each other. It didn’t seem appropriate to give her a hug – we had only just met.


Judy: B-

Doug: A

A second date?

Judy: No. Not sure I found a connection or enough in common.

Doug: We did not exchange any contact info, but I would be game to try again.

CUPID PLAYS BALL Apply now for a very special Dinner With Cupid. We’re sending two daters to the Saturday, September 17, 7:10 p.m. Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays game at Fenway Park. Fill out an application by September 1 at Applicants will also be eligible for future dates.

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