Love Connection: Annie and Andrew
Can this sporty girl and marching band boy play the field together?
Date: Friday, Nov. 18\nTime: 7 p.m.\nLocation: Boylan Heights
Annie:\nMajor: sociology and religious studies
Sexual orientation: straight
U.Va. involvement: Alpha Phi vice president of marketing, University Sexual Misconduct Board
Hometown: Seaford, Va.
Ideal date (person): White, tall, hair color is not an issue, athletic(!), good sense of humor is crucial, in touch with emotions but not overly emotional - vom
Ideal date (activity): Anything outdoors, dinner at Backyard, going to U.Va. sporting event[s]
If you could date any celebrity, who would it be?: I'm obsessed with Jay-Z - his swag is unprecedented. Bradley Cooper and Ben Affleck are hot too.
Deal breakers: Doesn't like sports, smoker, no sense of humor ... no thanks!
Describe a typical weekend: I like to go out with my friends and I do drink. Smoking isn't for me. Whenever there's a home football game you'll find me there - I love tailgating!
Hobbies: Running, frequenting people.com and sportsillustrated.com, being outside and outdoor activities - hiking, etc., going to sports games, cheering on the Boston Red Sox, shopping, funky jewelry, J. Crew.
Have you ever streaked the Lawn? It's on the bucket list.
What makes you a good catch? I can make you laugh. I can organize your desk and teach you how to dougie. I am a tomboy and a girly girl all in one.
Andrew:\nMajor: biomedical engineering
Sexual orientation: straight
U.Va. involvement: Drumline, Beta Theta Pi. I spend my Sunday [through] Thursday working on various BME projects, and consequently don't sleep.
Hometown: Orlando, Fla.
Ideal date (person): extroverted, thin-figured, nice smile, brunette, spontaneous, energetic
Ideal date (activity): A picnic on the balcony of the Colonnade Club with a nice bottle of wine. Then out to parties if dinner went well...
If you could date any celebrity, who would it be? Scarlett Johansson
Deal breakers: Not being sincere/trying to be someone they are not, can't hold an intelligent conversation.
Describe a typical weekend: Party Friday and Saturday night (my catharsis from biomedical engineering during the week), football game with the Drumline, homework all of Sunday.
Hobbies: DJing, drumset, skiing, scuba diving, dance floors, meeting new people
Have you ever streaked the Lawn? Obviously...
What makes you a good catch? I'm smart, extroverted, and I have a lot of fun when I'm not studying.
Andrew: I filled out the Love Connection survey because my friends convinced me to do it. I had one friend who went on a Love Connection date, and she was like, "You need to do this." I'm not the typical guy for a blind date, because I like having everything planned out.
Annie: I actually didn't fill the Love Connection survey out; my roommates did it as a "birthday present" for me and didn't tell me until the end of my birthday week. They knew that I would go through with it. I mean, yeah, why not? That's my attitude, I was like, it's something fun, and you can say you did it.
Andrew: Once I got to the Rotunda, I sat on the steps for a minute. We were both exactly on time, and then she texted me and asked where I was. We walked over to each other and she said hi. I was held up for a second, it was really embarrassing. I felt like a second grader. I didn't think I'd be so nervous during the initial reaction. It was like, "Wow, this is really a blind date." I had no idea who this girl was, which was thrilling.
Annie: I actually was by myself at the Rotunda, saw a person sitting up there, and texted the number [Love Connection] gave me. We introduced ourselves. He looked normal, not crazy. He looked really familiar, [but I have] no idea how I know him. I still don't know if he looks like someone I know. He's in the E-school, so I highly doubt I've run into him. I didn't notice that he was nervous when we introduced ourselves; he did a really good job of hiding it.
Andrew: I wasn't expecting her to be as cute as she was. She had a nice smile, but she's not my type. We ended up going to Boylan. I was going to offer up Lemongrass or Basil. I really wanted to take her to the Colonnade balcony and bring a bottle of wine, just because I thought it would be fun and I like doing quirky things like that, but it was 36 degrees outside so that wasn't happening with me being a Florida boy.
Annie: I just suggested Boylan for dinner, and he agreed. Part of my reasoning for going to Boylan was that if this totally tanks, there will be TVs there. But it didn't tank; he was easy to talk to. We sat at the bar and just kind of talked about general get-to-know-you topics, like school, where we're from; it was a normal flow of conversation.
Andrew: We talked the whole time. We've both been through rush and talked to rushees where [it is as if] you have to talk to inanimate objects. It wasn't a rush conversation, but it was lighthearted the whole time. I'm kind of a serious guy; I like to find out what makes somebody who they are. I wasn't about to do that because I could tell relatively early on that the spark wasn't there, which was perfectly fine. I could tell she wasn't incredibly interested in me because when we were at Boylan, her eyes were wandering a little bit.
Annie: It was really a friend vibe. We had some things in common, both being in Greek organizations, and definitely both really loving U.Va. But we were like polar opposites in pretty much every other way, like he's in the E-school, he's on the drumline, I'm not. He's from Florida, I'm not. The conversation was definitely balanced, not awkward. I'm not really uncomfortable around new people, and he was really nice. There weren't any "uhhh" moments.
Andrew: It was a blind date vibe. It wasn't awkward because neither of us are awkward people, but it wasn't like, "Hey, we're going to be great friends after this," or like, "This girl is my dream girl." The conversation was balanced; we spoke easily. There wasn't anything deep; I wasn't about to jump into politics or anything. I could tell there wasn't a spark, but I would've [started a deeper conversation] if I had seen something more.
Annie: After dinner, he actually walked me all the way back to my sorority house which was really nice because it's a freaking long walk. We hugged, said it was nice meeting you, and then I ran inside because it was freezing. He was really nice, the conversation was really easy, and he has a lot of qualities that my guy friends do have.
Andrew: She had to go to a date function that night, so I walked her to back to Alpha Phi. There wasn't anything bad about the date, so I'd give it a 7. I'm not going to make anything out of it, I figured out early on that she wasn't going to be the one. She's a great girl, she's a dream girl for a lot of guys - nice, cute, could talk sports - [but] I'm not a sports guy.
Annie: I'd rate the night a 7 because I had a great time and conversation was really easy, but it felt more like two friends hanging out [rather than] an actual date. It was fun; I recommend a blind date experience to anyone. Why the hell not?
Andrew and Annie ran into each other at a party the next night. They briefly said hi, and Andrew suspects that Annie was "judging [him] hardcore because [he] was having a crazy dancing night."