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A Tall Tale of Boy Meets Girl

John and Catherine exchange pleasantries despite an overwhelming difference in height

Name: John

Year: Second

School: College

Major: Economics and Mathematics

Sexual orientation: Straight

U.Va. involvement: 7 Society, Z Society, IMP Society, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta, Delta Delta Delta (President)

Hometown: Lynchburg, Va.

Ideal date (person): An attractive girl

Ideal date (activity): Doing something with an attractive girl

If you could date any celebrity, who would it be? Betty White. Or Olivia Wilde. Either one.

Deal breakers: She needs to speak English.

Describe a typical weekend: Usually spend a night or two going out — but not drinking; I’m not 21 — and spend the rest of the time complaining about people from New Jersey, and watching/re-watching Flavor of Love season two.

Have you ever streaked the Lawn? Twice. And if things go well on this date, it may be three times.

It’s okay to brag — what makes you a good catch? I know people who are campus cuties, so if things don’t work out with me I’ve got cooler friends you could meet.

Describe yourself in one sentence: I used to be fat.

Name: Catherine

Year: Second

School: Engineering

Major: Civil Engineering

Sexual orientation: Straight

U.Va. involvement: Very involved

Hometown: Fairfax, Va.

Ideal date (person): Outgoing, confident, tall, muscular/athletic, slightly nerdy, experienced

Ideal date (activity): Ice skating

If you could date any celebrity, who would it be? Justin Timberlake

Deal breakers: Overweight, carries a messenger bag, short, bad acne, boring, smelly

Describe a typical weekend: I usually go out one to two nights, and then spend the rest [of the weekend] doing homework or exploring Charlottesville with my roommates.

Hobbies: Running, going to the gym, volunteering, cooking, knitting and meeting new people

If your dating life were a primetime or reality show, what would it be? Flavor of Love

Have you ever streaked the Lawn? Yes!

It’s okay to brag — what makes you a good catch? I’m a lot of fun, down for almost anything, an excellent hugger and can give a mean handshake.

Describe yourself in one sentence: I’m a small ball of continuous energy and an interesting — if sometimes awkward — conversationalist.

John and Catherine met at the Rotunda on Monday at 7:30 p.m. and went to Basil.

Catherine: My roommate and I were feeling ridiculous. I never really thought I would submit the survey, [but] I did.

John: I didn’t fill out the survey. I would love to find out who did. I would assume it’s someone in my fraternity.

Catherine: I had no expectations other than to go somewhere new on the Corner.

John: I was completely unaware I had even applied, but I figured what the heck.

Catherine: I got to the Rotunda first. I was the only person there. He was really tall.

John: She was the only person standing there, so I figured that was probably her. I walked up to her and asked her if she was Catherine. She told me I was tall, and I said, “Yup,” so things were off to a pretty great start. My first impression was that she was short.

Catherine: I’d say he was my type.

John: The approximate foot-and-a-half height difference probably wouldn’t lend itself well to [her] being my type.

Catherine: He’d been to every restaurant [past] the Rotunda [on the Corner], and I hadn’t been to that many, so he picked [Basil]. It was a good choice.

John: We talked a lot about travelling to various places after all the standard introductions, like hometown and major — the typical stuff. We didn’t recast “Star Wars” using the U.S. Presidents.

Catherine: We talked about how he doesn’t like New Jersey — I love New Jersey — how we’re going to get our friends back for making us go on this. Just the standard stuff. And that his elementary school girlfriend carried the torch in the Olympics.

John: [In terms of what we had in common], we both had smaller families. We’re both from Virginia. We both [go] to U.Va.

Catherine: Well, we both are kind of party people. We talked about beach week. We both knew people in the restaurant — just our friends. He was super interesting. We had enough in common to keep the conversation going.

John: I did not think there was any flirting going on. There was a friend vibe. [A friend vibe] definitely more so than a romantic vibe. We talked about what we were going to say during this interview, too.

Catherine: He told me funny stories about his redneck family. He had lots of funny jokes. Lots of joking about what we were going to say in the interview. The only girl he knew with my name was his ex-girlfriend’s mortal enemy so he was scared I would be her. I wasn’t.

John: I had a lot of work to do that night, so I had to go to the library immediately following dinner, but I walked her most of the way home. I paid — my mother taught me manners.

Catherine: Neither of us expected anything from it. It was just meeting someone new, getting a good meal. He paid; he’s a southern gentleman.

John: As a date, it probably wasn’t too great — maybe a 7. But it was a good dinner.

Catherine: I doubt we’ll go out again, but we’ll definitely wave if we see each other! For what it was, I’d probably rate it an 8. It was a good night.

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