Blind Date: 28-year-old financial advisor and 27-year-old medical sales rep plan a second date while on their first at Pins Mechanical

Blind Date: 28-year-old financial advisor and 27-year-old medical sales rep plan a second date while on their first at Pins Mechanical
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PARTICIPATE: Want the chance to get matched? Tell us about yourself in quick Agenda Blind Date Survey. Then the Agenda plays matchmaker by sending couples out on blind dates. To see past installments of the series, click here. Responses have been edited lightly for length and clarity.


Meet Alex. He’s a 28-year-old financial advisor who describes himself as “outgoing, trustworthy, determined, and an aspiring bon vivant.” He’s looking for someone who can complement him well, is empathetic, and has a strong sense of self. His hobbies include going out on the lake, brewery hopping, hitting up events he reads about in the Agenda, and running the Rail Trail.

Then there’s Stephanie. She’s 27 and in medical sales. She describes herself as “a smart, independent, loyal woman who loves to try new things and enjoy life.” She’s looking for someone with a successful career who wants a genuine connection and doesn’t seek perfection or fear commitment. She loves going to the Whitewater Center, hiking, reading, and going to Panthers games.

They headed to Pins Mechanical. Here’s how it went.

How do you normally meet your dates?

Alex: I’ve never been on the dating apps, so it’s usually through friends or just out. I’ll walk up to someone if I’m interested and introduce myself. I prefer doing things that way. I think you do a lot more volume shooting if you’re on the apps, but I don’t think it’s as genuine or as real as being a human being and talking to someone in person.

Stephanie: I normally use dating apps. I travel a lot for work so I don’t really have time to meet people organically, and if I go out with friends I usually don’t want to talk to people. (When asked if she had a dating app she preferred, Stephanie said, “No, I don’t like any of them” and laughed.)

How did you feel leading up to your date?

Alex: I honestly was really excited to do this. I didn’t have any nervous energy until about 15 minutes before as I was getting ready to leave my place and I was like, “Man, this is actually happening.” I was really excited and anxious and just ready to meet her.

Stephanie: So I’ve been working on a really important project at work that popped up last week. It wasn’t planned, so I’ve been really focused on that. When I met Alex I was just sort of … decompressing. I was like, “Oh my gosh, I need a drink.” It was a really intense day.

What was your first impression of your date?

Alex: She was very cute, put-together. I just was very, very excited when I met her because she was cute and a lot of fun. Great energy, good vibe.

Stephanie: I was still stressed from work when I walked in but I felt like he was warm, nice, and sincere.

What was the date like?

Alex: We went to Pins Mechanical and did the duckpin bowling and had a really great conversation. She’s really easy to talk to. We were interested in getting to know more about each other besides the instant physical attraction. I wanted to get to know her on a deeper, personal level. Her personality really shined so it was great to get to know her. We had some drinks, did some people watching. Then we stopped at Hawkers and had a couple of drinks and small plates there.

Stephanie: I’m really competitive, and I was getting the same vibe from him so we actually bet on games at Pins Mechanical and whoever won got to pick what we did on our next date. It was really fun.

On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your date’s personality?

Alex: I’m gonna give her like a 9.5. You gotta go decimals, right? Can’t go round numbers. (laughs)

Stephanie: 10.

On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your conversation?

Alex: I’d say a 9. It was a really great conversation.

Stephanie: 9.

On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your chemistry?

Alex: I would say that’s probably like a 9 as well.

Stephanie: 9.

On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the date overall?

Alex: It was a really great date. If I had to put a number on it I’d probably say a 9. Just nines across the board. You did a really great job setting us up. We definitely connected.

Stephanie: I would rate it as a 10 as a first date.

So, can we expect a second date?

Alex: Yeah, we’re definitely gonna see each other again. She’s been busy with work so we’ll have to work around her schedule a little bit. But hopefully we’ll see each other this weekend. I’d like to. We had an instant connection. She seems like a really genuine, honest person, and I’m definitely looking forward to spending some more time together and getting to know each other more.

Stephanie: Yes, we’re planning a second date. I don’t necessarily know when, but he won the bet so he gets to pick it. I’ve never gone on a blind date, so it was more exciting than a normal date because I didn’t know what he looks like. Normally you ask questions even if you meet on a dating app and you know where they’re from, but the conversation takes you down an interesting path on a blind date.

Update: The two have been out several times since and are “taking it slowly” but still seeing each other.


PARTICIPATE: Want the chance to get matched? Tell us about yourself in quick Agenda Blind Date Survey. Then the Agenda plays matchmaker by sending couples out on blind dates. To see past installments of the series, click here. Responses have been edited lightly for length and clarity.

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