Love Connection: Maria and Matt
Will this couple prove that blondes have more fun?
Date: Friday, 0ctober 14\nTime: 7 p.m.\nLocation: Lemongrass
Maria:\nMajor: Chemistry/biology premed
Sexual orientation: straight
Hometown: Barcelona, Spain
University involvement: UNICEF
Hobbies: Cooking, traveling, oil-painting, volunteering
Ideal date person: Funny, social, smart, tall, [in] good shape, pretty eyes, handsome, interesting to talk to, witty, charming, classy and quirky - This is ideal, of course.
Ideal date activity: Food and entertainment. I like to be pleasantly surprised.
Deal breakers: Smells bad, shorter than me, not interesting to talk to.
Describe a typical weekend: I'll usually go out on Friday night and get work done on Saturday morning and then go downtown for a walk with my friends and go out again on Saturday night. Sundays are relax/work days to get ready for the upcoming week.
If you could date any celebrity, who would it be?: Adam Brody or Josh Hartnett - close call.
Have you ever streaked the Lawn?: No.
Brag about yourself - what makes you a good catch?: I am cultured, pretty interesting to talk to, energetic and very social.
Describe yourself in one sentence: Down-to-earth, knows how to have fun, reliable, approachable, realistic and dynamic
Sexual orientation: straight
Hometown: Bernardsville, N.J.
University involvement: Rugby, Advertising and Marketing Association, Entrepreneurship Group at McIntire, St. Elmo Hall fraternity
Hobbies: I enjoy things which push me physically. I have recently learned kitesurfing, spearfishing and rock climbing. I also surf, snowboard and wakeboard.
I enjoy reading - currently "Atlas Shrugged" - and killing spare time on reddit
Ideal date person: I dislike normal people. My date would have to be eccentric in some way, though that can quickly take a turn for the worse - e.g. extreme animal hoarding. Weird is fun. I am 6-foot-3 and prefer relatively tall girls. Beyond height, physical/racial characteristics don't matter much to me, besides basic attractiveness of course. Funny is welcome, but emasculates me as I try to top her jokes. Intelligence is sexy - she better read books. Must have a wild side.
Deal breakers in a date: Texting while we are mid-conversation. I will terminate the date if this occurs.
Describe a typical weekend: Normally includes a rugby game, followed by some work crushing, followed by some two carbon compound crushing with my fraternity. I try to do something new every weekend. As much as I love playing sports, I don't find watching them to be all that enjoyable. I'll skip the football game and go hiking.
If you could date any celebrity, who would it be?: My family went on a cruise once that Blake Lively happened to be on. We hung out twice and she bought me Jagerbombs. I fell in love. We argued about politics and I was impressed by how little she knew about what was happening in the world. Someone had sent her a box of Obama swag and she thus became a Democrat. She's classy, but knows how to party - see: The Town.
Have you ever streaked the Lawn?: First time was during orientation
Brag about yourself - what makes you a good catch?: I do not have any children, diseases or World of Warcraft accounts. I have all my chromosomes and teeth. One time I saw a double rainbow in real life.
Matt: I actually overslept our meeting by a half hour. So we still met up at the Rotunda, just not at the designated time. I called her and she was also the only person at the Rotunda at that time.
Maria: I was a little frustrated when he showed up 30 minutes late. I was just waiting there, and I saw this guy sitting there. I was about to go ask him, but then he just got up and left. I was like, "oh shoot, he just left." Some guy came up to me and was like, "Hey are you Kerry?" I was like, "Are you kidding me, you get here 30 minutes late and you get my name wrong?" but he was going on another Love Connection date. They ended up sitting at the table next to us. But [Matt] called me. I told him where I was, sitting on the edge of the steps.
Matt: [When I found her, I thought] she looked foreign. She was pretty. I liked her scarf.
Maria: I was surprised. I don't know what kind of people sign up for Love Connection. He was good looking.
Matt: We decided to go to Lemongrass. We talked on the way to Lemongrass.
Maria: He asked where I wanted to go, and suggested Basil or Lemongrass. I had heard of Lemongrass, but had never been there before, so we decided to go there.
Matt: I liked her dinner better than mine, and she liked my dinner better than hers. So that's something. I got something beef; she got something chicken.
Maria: He asked me who I was ... It wasn't actually awkward at all. We had a nice conversation. It just kept flowing. It was enjoyable. I really don't like going on dates, but it was good.
Matt: I asked her if she could be reincarnated as an animal, what kind of animal she would be. That led to a good conversation. I want to say she wanted to be a dolphin, but I don't remember. I should remember.
Maria: We had things in common, but I couldn't really tell you what they are. We both snowboard, which is cool, because lots of people ski. We're both out-of-state, which was cool, we're not NoVa. He's from the North.
Matt: We seemed very similar. It sounds like she likes to go out. We haven't actually gone out together. We had that. She's intelligent. She's from Spain. I take Spanish, that's a little thing we shared.
Maria: We decided we were going to order Happy Birthday dessert. So I went to the bathroom, and he told the waitress it was my birthday and I was his girlfriend. They brought us fried ice cream.
Matt: We finished up dinner, and then she had to meet up with friends. So we couldn't hang out afterwards. I walked her to Arch's. It was really just a dinner.
Maria: I was meeting some friends at Arch's, so he just walked me over. We just hugged.
Matt: I was contemplating going in for the kiss on the cheek, foreign-exotic thing, but I dropped the ball.
Maria: We texted a couple times, but we haven't met up. I actually saw him jogging the other day. But I wasn't going to yell for him.
Matt: I'm not sure if we'll really talk or text in the future. She texted me asking about places to live next year. So, I don't know. It might blossom into something good.
Maria: If we casually run into each other, it would be cool to hang out, because we know we get along. But I don't know if I'd ask if he wanted to go on another date.
Matt: I know her name, so I could Facebook friend her. I probably should do that. I think we're on the friend level now.
Maria: I'd give it a 7. He's not a guy I would usually go for, but we had a nice conversation and I wasn't bored.
Matt: Out of 10, since it was only dinner I would give it a 6, but I feel like it had potential to be a 9.