Marlishia Aho, 27, communications specialist
When she’s happiest: Laughing with her friends about nonsense
Her perfect Saturday: Haymarket to load up on produce, picnic lunch, dinner and drinks, and then dancing at Middlesex
Anyenda Inyagwa, 24, corporate recovery associate
His perfect mate: A writer with Alicia Keys’s looks
What people notice in his home: It’s a sanctuary for the things he enjoys most: reading, stepping, and sports.
8 p.m. Cantina La Mexicana, Somerville
Straight Out of School
Marlishia: I had class beforehand, so my prep was listening about the formation of government in liberal democracies, but I did put on ChapStick before I entered the restaurant.
Anyenda: Truth be told, I was rushing because I worked late, so I did not have much time to do anything to prepare.
Marlishia: I did feel a few jitters because I had never been on a true blind date.
Anyenda: I just reassured myself that everything would be fine. I am a fairly social person, so meeting a new person would not be that difficult.
Marlishia: My first impression of Anyenda was that he was nice-looking, had a great smile, but seemed a little young.
Anyenda: I thought she was cute. She had pretty eyes.
Marlishia: Our conversation ranged from our backgrounds to a little bit about politics (since the election was the previous day) and our jobs.
Anyenda: She mentioned she had worked on some recent political campaigns, though she wouldn’t go into too much detail. But I understand why – politics can be a dangerous thing to talk about.
Marlishia: Anyenda has a degree in childhood development, which is really cool, and as a volunteer teacher, he teaches step dance to kids in Somerville.
Anyenda: If she was nervous, I did not notice it much. She seemed as if she had a similar mind-set to mine. She seemed to think the experience would be interesting.
Marlishia: We both enjoy sports, specifically basketball, and sometimes scream at the TV when the game is good or bad. We both have a sweet tooth.
Anyenda: I think the deal breaker for her was when she asked my age. I am younger than her by a couple of years. As the night went on, it just seemed like she would be someone who would be a cool friend but not much more.
Marlishia: I don’t think Anyenda said anything that was necessarily a deal breaker – his love of Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings didn’t scare me off. Maybe my addiction to HGTV was a deal breaker for him.
Anyenda: I thanked her for her company and she did the same. As I was waiting for the bill, it seemed like a natural point to end the date.
Marlishia: At the end of the date, he walked me to my car and we hugged as we said goodbye. I don’t think a goodnight kiss was in our future.
A Second Date?
Anyenda: I do not think so. I wouldn’t mind hanging out again. But at that moment, I just didn’t think the chemistry was there.
Marlishia: I don’t see another date in our future, since neither of us attempted to get each other’s contact info.
– Compiled by Sarah Mupo
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