Meg Mills, 26, fashion writer
Stranded on an island, she’d want: sunblock, Vogue
Her perfect Saturday: Dinner in the South End, a stroll, dessert and drinks, then a spot with live music and dancing
Alec Templeton, 29, architect
Stranded on an island, he’d want: a Frisbee, music
First thing people notice in his home: a big painting by his dad on the wall, then how organized it seemingly is
7 p.m. The Elephant Walk, Cambridge
Meg: I played the new Taylor Swift album on the car ride over. It’s such a girly CD.
Alec: I made sure I left work on time to avoid traffic. And I had a stick of gum walking to the restaurant.
Meg: I had butterflies. I was more nervous than I thought I was going to be.
Alec: There was definitely some excitement, also some nerves. I’ve never met up with anyone I did not know anything about.
Meg: I was way early. My GPS lied to me. Alec came in a few minutes after 7.
Alec: I was right on time; she was a touch early and already had a drink in hand. I thought, “Well played.”
Meg: Finally, in my flurry of freakout texts to my best friend, I look up and see a well-dressed guy who approached me and said, “Meg?” Sigh of relief.
Alec: I thought she was attractive and enjoyed that she greeted me with a warm smile.
Meg: He was handsome. He’s tall and had a great tweed coat on.
Alec: She was not my usual type or someone I would be drawn to immediately. I was intrigued, however.
Meg: He has a really interesting look that I found attractive; he’s Swedish and Korean.
Alec: We started talking about our lines of work and where we were traveling from to get to the restaurant.
Meg: The conversation evolved from question-answer to friendly, fun dinner conversation.
Alec: Halloween is her absolute favorite holiday and we swapped stories on past costumes. I had some photos on my phone, which prompted some laughter.
Meg: There were no awkward moments. The conversation was easy-breezy.
Alec: Her energy and enthusiasm added to her attractiveness. She has a passion for life that lends a vivacious quality to her.
Calling it a night
Meg: We got the bill and headed toward the door. Alec made sure we got a picture in front of the giant elephant in the restaurant. It was pretty funny.
Alec: Being a Tuesday, I think we mutually motioned to call it an evening.
Meg: He walked me to my car and we hugged.
Alec: I think a hug is always appropriate whether there is mutual interest or not, especially on a first date. Driving off, she gave a tap of the horn and a wave, which was sweet.
Meg: I hope so. He asked me for my number, so maybe I’ll hear from him. Does the three-day rule still apply?
Alec: I had a fun time for sure, but feel we would be better off as friends. She is a really friendly and engaging person; however, the romantic interest did not develop for me.
Compiled by Sarah Mupo. Cupid needs men: Go on a blind date, and we’ll pick up the tab. Fill out an application at http://www.boston.com/cupid.