Love Connection: Jake and Kate
Will this pair ever make it past Beta Bridge?
Date: Friday, Sept. 23\nTime: 7 p.m.\nLocation: Biltmore
Sexual orientation: straight
U.Va. involvement: co-chair of SYC Community Service Committee; committee member of IFC's InterGreek Relations, Diversity and Outreach; volunteer with Pancakes for Parkinson's
Hometown: Franklin, Va.
Ideal date person (physical attributes and personality): Can hold a conversation, funny, goofy, involved in U.Va.'s community, a little bit shorter than me, and just being overall an attractive person
Ideal date (activity): Eating outside at a restaurant and then just walking around Grounds and talking; pretty simple.
If you could date any celebrity, who would it be? Eva Mendes
Deal breakers? Too many piercings, bland personality, and if they constantly text while on the date
Typical weekend: Volunteering for some event, then going and chilling at a friend's apartment or the fraternity house watching football or enjoying the night's festivities
Hobbies: Playing sports, volunteering, watching sports, hanging out with friends.
If your dating life was a primetime or reality show, what would it be? TNT knows drama.
Have you ever streaked the lawn? No, waiting for extreme conditions. e.g., blizzard or a real hurricane
Brag about yourself. What makes you a good catch? I'm a good guy, [who] likes to joke around and have fun, but am always willing to do anything new and fun.
Describe yourself in one sentence: In the words of George Strait, "I ain't here for a long time, I'm here for a good time."
Kate:\nMajor: Architectural Design
Sexual orientation: straight
U.Va. involvement: Kappa Delta, Madison House - Adopt a Grandparent
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Ideal date person (physical attributes and personality): Taller than 5-foot-9, nice smile, nice eyes
Ideal date (activity): Hot air balloon ride to Paris; go-cart racing
If you could date any celebrity, who would it be? Jake Gyllenhaal or Ryan Reynolds
Deal breakers? Talks about cars too much; not a tobacco user
Describe a typical weekend: Hanging with friends at apartments, going out with Kappa Deltas, volunteering, homework
Hobbies: crochet, paint, draw, Frisbee, soccer, being awesome
If your dating life was a primetime or reality show, what would it be? Parental Control, haha, but seriously.
Have you ever streaked the lawn? Boo yea!
Brag about yourself. What makes you a good catch? I am intelligent, creative, beautiful, interesting, corky, funny, fun-loving, goofy, AWESOME and awkward! I also go with the flow in any situation.
Describe yourself in one sentence: A poodle-loving, shwayze-chilling goofball
Kate: My friend Meghan was looking at the Love Connection survey, but then she realized she couldn't do it because she's on the Cav Daily and was like, "I'm going to fill it out for you." It was really funny when I found out I was chosen. I was like, "Really? Seriously?" I wasn't expecting anything to come out of it.
Jake: I filled out the survey because a friend on The Cavalier Daily presented me the idea of doing it, and then a friend from First Year Council who already went on a date expressed to me the fun of taking part in this activity. I'd never been on a blind date before, and I didn't really have any expectations. I was kind of nervous.
Kate: He got to the Rotunda first; he was just sitting there when I got there. Usually people don't just sit there alone, so he was easy to find. I said hi from really far away.
Jake: This family of kids and parents walked up [while I was waiting at the Rotunda], and I was like, "I hope this isn't the person." Then I see these two girls, and I made eye contact with one of them. I asked if she was Kate. She said yes and introduced me to her friend.
Kate: He seemed really friendly, and he had a friendly smile. He was cute, but he's probably not my type. I've never really picked out a Southern person, so that was surprising.
Jake: She seemed nice. She gave a good first impression, but I wasn't going to make any assumptions about her before the dinner. I asked her what kind food she wanted, and then we mutually decided to go to the Biltmore. On the walk there, we were just making generic conversation, getting to know each other.
Kate: We were talking about how I'm in the A-school, then Mississippi, and we continued on. We didn't really stop the conversation at all. He was always asking me questions, and he was really interested in me. It was really polite and showed a lot of character.
Jake: At dinner, I had the thumbs 'n toes and she had chicken soup. We started talking about the riskiest things we've ever done. Mine was going on a Tarzan swing in Oregon, and she said hers was skiing on uncharted terrain. We talked about Greek life. We have really similar senses of humor. I'm 99.9 percent sure she said she didn't like math, and I don't like math either.
Kate: Later on during dinner, four of his fraternity brothers showed up at the Biltmore. They sat down at the table next to ours, and they were throwing stuff like spitwads at him. One of them came over and hugged him in a really awkward way.
Jake: They didn't know I was on this date, but I think they went for the table next to ours once they walked in and saw me. I introduced Kate to them. They sometimes abruptly tried to join the conversation. They threw out a nickname of mine, Lloyd, and she was like, "Why do they call you this?" It's just a nickname that honestly came from nowhere and stuck. I guess she got a little taste of what my social life is like. She had said she was excited because her sister was coming into town from Duke that night, so we left the restaurant and I walked her to Beta Bridge.
Kate: I had to meet my sister, so we hugged twice, and then I left. He asked for my number, but we already had each other's numbers [because Love Connection gave them to us]. If he hadn't had mine, I would've given it to him. He was very nice and invited me to come by his frat. He seemed like a great guy, but probably more as a friend. I'm not looking to date right now because I have too much schoolwork.
Jake: I would give the date a 7 or 8 because it was nice meeting her, and it was good conversation. It was quality time getting to know someone. I had fun.
Kate: Going on the date was different and exciting, so I'd give it an 8, 8.5. I was surprised with how well strangers could keep a conversation going without being like, "OK, I don't really know you." It was a great experience.
Jake and Kate haven't talked since the date, but Jake says it'd be cool if they bumped into each other.