First years, first dates and some Mellow pizza
First-year twins make new friends on their blind date
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Hobbies: Running, camping
Have you ever streaked the Lawn? No
What makes you a good catch? I finished seventh in that national championships for rowing.
Describe yourself in one sentence: I am a nice, caring guy who focuses on academics but also likes to have a good time on weekends.
Major: Public Policy
U.Va. Involvement: Navy ROTC, climbing team, sailing club
Hobbies: Climbing, sailing, shooting
Have you ever streaked the Lawn? No
What makes you a good catch: I’m tall, so I have that going for me.
Describe yourself in one sentence: Pretty chill and pretty tall.
U.Va. Involvement: I’m just trying to live through the week
Hobbies: Reading, singing, HBOgo
Have you ever streaked the Lawn? No(t yet)
Describe yourself in one sentence: For someone who can’t stand herself, I sure do love myself.
Major: Very undecided
Hometown: Wellesley, Massachusetts
U.Va. Involvement: Shakespeare on the Lawn, hopefully one or more club sports (horseback riding, archery, ballroom dancing are all possibilities), Photography Club and anything else that I can manage to do while still tackling 17 credits
Hobbies: Reading, writing, photography, working out, gardening, Shark Week, staying up-to-date in the country music world, making new friends
Have you ever streaked the Lawn? No, but I studied Homer, so I’ve already kissed his ass.
Describe yourself in one sentence: Only War and Peace would be long enough to contain my awesomeness.
Will, Jackson, Annie, and Phoebe met at the Rotunda and went to Mellow Mushroom on the Corner.
Will: I did Love Connection because I just wanted to meet someone new. I’ve met my floormates, but I haven’t met anyone else and I thought it would be a good way to meet people.
Annie: There are like 30 people from my school here, so I was trying to meet people I didn’t already know.
Phoebe: I’m out of state, so I wanted to meet someone that wasn’t on Dabney third floor left. Even if I didn’t like the person, it would be a good chance to meet someone new.
Annie: Going on a blind date was totally out of my comfort zone. I was like why are we doing this?
Phoebe: To be honest, I haven’t been on a date before so I had no idea how it works – regular or blind.
Jackson: We had fears that they would be weird or they would think we were weird.
Annie: When we got to the Rotunda they were sitting on a bench just the two of them, but we weren’t sure if [they were] our dates so we sat on another bench.
Will: We saw them but didn’t know they were our dates. After a little while, we realized who they were and approached them.
Annie: They shook our hands, which was nice. I didn’t realize they were twins at that point. I just thought they looked kind of similar.
Phoebe: I thought they were cute. Jackson was way taller.
Will: I thought they seemed pretty normal for a blind date.
Jackson: They were definitely my type.
Annie: After we met, we just kind of stood around and looked at each other for a while trying to figure out where to go for dinner.
Jackson: No one wanted to decide where to go and the only places I know on the Corner are Basil and Mellow Mushroom.
Will: We eventually decided we wanted pizza and walked over to Mellow.
Phoebe: During dinner we talked about everything. The conversation was easy – it never felt forced.
Will: We talked about what we did in high school – our activities and interests.
Jackson: We had the standard first-year conversation – where you’re from, what’s your major.
Will: The conversation flowed really well. Everyone had lots of things to say, which also might have been because it was a double date. It was [mostly a] non-stop conversation.
Will: It took about 20 minutes into the date before they realized we were twins. I think it sounded really weird because we were from the same state and had gone [on] all the same vacations.
Phoebe: I have no idea if any flirting was going on. I wouldn’t even know how to tell.
Jackson: There was definitely some flirting going on with both girls.
Will: Maybe there was flirting and I was completely oblivious to it.
Phoebe: After dinner, we headed over to Arch’s.
Annie: Afterwards they walked us home, but Will had to charge his phone before he went off to Rugby so we walked Jack home to Gooch and then took a bus back.
Phoebe: We didn’t get home until [around] midnight. The date was really long – four and a half hours.
Will: I would rate the date an 8 because it was fun and I think everyone had a good time. The best part was the gooey brownie. Do they not even cook it?
Phoebe: I would give it a 10 for fun-ness, but I don’t know how to qualify it for date-ness because I’ve never been on a date before.
Annie: It was really fun; it just flowed really well.
Jackson: I would give it a solid 8. They were cool and it was fun.
Phoebe: I friended both of the guys on Facebook and then ran into them at Runk later.
Annie: I could see us hanging out again. We exchanged numbers during the date.