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Dinner with Cupid

In the name of love

She’s a U2 fan. Him, not so much. Will they find what they’re looking for?

Katie Collins and Jordan Padnuk. Katie Collins and Jordan Padnuk.
November 1, 2009

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Katie Collins, 27, Social worker

Stranded on a desert island, she would want: sunscreen and an endless supply of margaritas

Her exes say: She’s stubborn but loves to goof around.

Jordan Padnuk, 24, Retired dog sitter

Stranded on a desert island, he would want: a fishing pole and a volleyball to talk to

His perfect Saturday night: dancing with Gwyneth Paltrow in a penthouse suite

8 P.M. Redline, Harvard Square One

Katie: My first impression was that Jordan was good-looking. He had a surfer look, with shaggy blond hair, and seemed calm and laid-back.

Jordan: She hugged me -- the big hug was appreciated. Katie: He is in good shape.

Jordan: Her first question to me was one I am new to being asked:

Katie: Jordan told me about how he recently moved, is working as a cook, and also balances two other part-time jobs. I told him about my job in social work.

Jordan: I was slightly concerned that the conversation would be about work the rest of the evening.

Beautiful Day

Katie: I ordered steak tips; he ordered salmon with rice. Jordan is really into yoga and biking, I enjoy running and hiking, and we both ski. Also, we both enjoy bragging about our nieces and nephews.

Jordan: I liked what she had to say when she spoke and felt it was easy to be myself when speaking to her.

Katie: I enjoyed our conversation the whole evening.

Jordan: She detailed some specific responsibilities of a social worker in the pediatrics department of a hospital. It gave me a lot of respect for her. There was a slight hiccup when she mentioned liking the music of U2.

Katie: We shared a bite with each other. (We put it on each other

Where the Streets Have No Name

Katie: The restaurant was starting to turn into more of a dance club and a DJ started playing. I was ready to get going once we had to yell to be heard.

Jordan: I suggested that we just wander around Harvard Square. It felt nice to be with another person who doesn

With or Without You

Katie: After we walked for a little, Jordan asked for my number. I gave him the digits.

Jordan: A hug felt more right than a kiss. Although when I got home, I watched the movie Groundhog Day and thought about all the things I could have done to make the date better.

Katie: I was attracted to Jordan at first, but I never really became romantically interested. I wouldn

Post-Mortem Jordan says: A

Katie says: A-

A Second Date?

Jordan: Ya. I think we got along well.

Katie: It would be more of a friend thing.

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