Love Connection: Poon Returns! And Jackie.

Brownie points, literally, for Poon on his second brilliant time as a date

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Poon

Year: Fourth
U.Va. involvement: Astronomy Club, Baking Club, U.Va. Community Garden, Pre-Med Physics TA
Hometown: Ang Thong, Thailand :D Land of Smilessssss
Ideal date (person): Semi-athletic girl with a sense of humor, talkative, dog lover, loves baking! Or enjoy eating baked goods
If you could date any celebrity, who would it be? Jennifer Lawrence
Deal breakers? Smoker! Because that’s unhealthy.
If your dating life were a prime-time or reality show, what would it be? Mad Money! With Jim Cramer
What makes you a good catch? I can cook and bake anything that you want, lady! I can protect you (Two-years experience as platoon leader in Royal Thai Army Reserve Force Academy, plus weight training), and I treat people nicely because I am nice guy! Looking for a romantic boy? :D
Describe yourself in one sentence. I am a cheesy house full of romances, happiness and humor.

Jackie
Year: Second
Major: Statistics and Pre-Law
U.Va. involvement: Co-Chair of Library Council (yes it’s a real thing), College Council, ZTA
Hometown: Clifton, Va.
Ideal date (person): As long as he buys me a steak dinner at O’Hill, anything* goes. *anything = tall, dark, handsome and frat star all over. And he must like Spongebob. And maybe YouTube cat videos.
Ideal date (activity): Talking to all the squirrels in all the trees. Also just regular casual activities, but only if things go well with the squirrels.
Hobbies: Syncing all of my different Apple products, hanging out with my BFFs in Newcomb
What makes you a good catch? I only wore Crocs until the seventh grade, and people in my calculus class think I’m funny.
What’s your favorite pick-up line? I know I’m not a grocery item but I can tell that you’re checking me out.
Describe yourself in one sentence: Having fun isn’t hard, when you have a library card.

Poon and Jackie met at the Rotunda at 6 p.m. on Saturday and went to Revolutionary Soup.

Jackie: My friend filled out [the survey] for me. We were just hanging out at our apartment and we thought it was funny.

Poon: It’s fun to do Love Connection, meet new people, make friends. I didn’t tell anyone that I have a date.

Jackie: I burst out laughing and I told my roommate [that I was selected] and she laughed so hard that she cried.

Poon: It’s my second time Love Connection] so I wasn’t excited at all. In fact, I just expected to make a new friend. [I did] not really expect any romance.

Jackie: I have never been on a blind date before. I didn’t really have any expectations; this could be anywhere from really terrible and awkward to really awesome and best friends for life. I could meet my future husband.

Poon brought Jackie a brownie with heart-shaped sprinkles in a small box.

Poon: I was there right on time, 6 p.m. sharp, since I had to wait for my brownie to cool down a bit.

Jackie: I saw that he had this box in my hand and it looked like what corsages come in and so I had this moment of extreme fear that he got me a corsage and I was going to wear a corsage on a first date. He was dressed to the nines.

Poon: Well, she’s cute. She’s an awesome kid! She’s very smart, did really well in ECON 2010 with Prof. Elzinga, [she’s] very engaged with our U.Va. community.

Jackie: I wouldn’t say he was exactly my type. He was a little shorter than me. He did talk about what was in the plastic container for a little while. Eventually he started telling me about his baking scheme to start his Sweet Frog spinoff brownie business. He asked if I, as an objective third party, would let him know if his brownie tasted good. For a minute I wondered “did he just sign up for this to find an objective third party?”

Poon: She really loved my brownie and she even saved some for her roommate!

Jackie: I guess I liked eating and he liked baking. [The brownie] was really rich. It was very moist. It was fudgy; it tasted like fudge. It was good though, it wasn’t bad. The heart-shaped sprinkles really meant a lot — gave him some brownie points.

Poon: I did not go on this date just to flirt with someone. I feel like it’s interview practice for her. There was not really a pause from conversation at all … except when we ate … I really like the way she’s kind of a simple person; she’s not picky.

Jackie: I wasn’t trying to flirt but I’m kind of a friendly person. He was interested in my love of statistics and I think that qualified me as a brownie tester because I’m a simple random sample. He offered to help me in Calc II, maybe that was a little flirty.

Poon: I really like this kid to be honest. So as a friend or more than friend. All cool.

Poon paid for the date.

Jackie: After the date I think we’re just friends. I thought he was kind of angling to get my number so I was like “do you want my email address.” I gave him my computing ID.

Poon: We said goodbye outside Rev. Soup.

Jackie: I took home half the brownie and I told him that I’d let my roommates try it and let him know how they liked it. We shook hands and went our separate ways. Nice firm handshake.

Poon: [I would rate the date a] 9/10 — minus 1 since she got to the Rotunda before me! Plus infinity since she liked my brownie and wanted to be my customer!

Jackie: I would rate the date a friendly 7.5.

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