Wendy Mayer, 26
Nonprofit events coordinator
Her interests: She’s a medicine nerd, biology major, and is becoming a certified EMT.
Her perfect day: Meet friends for ice-skating, candlepin bowling, or other mischief
Drew Nager, 25
Biology grad student
What makes him a catch: He’s from the South and grew up taking manners classes.
His interests: He’s a scientist but has weak spots for architecture, art history, and law.
7 p.m. Bergamot, Somerville
WENDY I did a short run before getting cleaned up for dinner.
DREW I picked up family at the airport. After settling them in, I went home to iron a shirt and was off for the date.
WENDY I was late, but Drew was waiting for me like a gentleman when I stepped out of the cab. He was tall, which was great, because I was wearing 3-inch heels. Confident and smart-looking guy.
DREW She was appropriately dressed, nothing that would make me hesitant. I introduced myself, proclaimed I was starving, and opened the door for her.
WENDY Drew told me about his work doing biology research, growing up in Texas, and his time as an undergrad at Vanderbilt. I also grew up in the South, but a very different experience coming from Savannah.
DREW She works for a nonprofit, raising funds for medical needs in impoverished areas. We talked about how nonprofit work is rewarding, especially if it’s for a good cause.
WENDY We both had Southern upbringings, enjoy cooking, and have background/interest in the sciences. We are curious and genuine people interested in learning more about those we meet.
DREW We talked a lot about food and restaurants. For eight months, she was a hostess at Clio (my favorite restaurant).
WENDY Harry Potter came up, as the new movie had just opened. Drew teased me for having gone to see it on opening day–but I stand by my adoration for Mr. Potter.
DREW We talked about politics. She was quite knowledgeable. We also talked about college, majors, and some philosophy. I found out she was a volleyball player in high school and college.
WENDY Drew was a great conversationalist. He was engaged and interested throughout dinner.
DREW I was comfortable throughout. She was a nice person and easy to talk to.
WENDY While Drew and I had a great conversation, it didn’t have the “umph’’ you want to see on a great date. For me, it’s usually there or it isn’t.
DREW She had noble aspirations, was considering med school–all positives – but I don’t think either of us saw a potential partner.
WENDY It felt like a mutual decision.
DREW After dessert, we reached a lull in the conversation. I suggested we call it a night.
WENDY We walked outside, thanked each other. The goodbye hug said it all.
DREW We went our respective ways. She took a bus, I walked.
DREW No, I didn’t ask for her number.
WENDY Probably not. While we had fun, the two biology geeks just didn’t have any chemistry.
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