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Dinner With Cupid

Basic Biology

But will these two daters have any chemistry?

August 21, 2011

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Wendy Mayer, 26

Nonprofit events coordinator

Her interests: She’s a medicine nerd, biology major, and is becoming a certified EMT.

Her perfect day: Meet friends for ice-skating, candlepin bowling, or other mischief

Drew Nager, 25

Biology grad student

What makes him a catch: He’s from the South and grew up taking manners classes.

His interests: He’s a scientist but has weak spots for architecture, art history, and law.

7 p.m. Bergamot, Somerville

HUMAN NATURE

WENDY I did a short run before getting cleaned up for dinner.

DREW I picked up family at the airport.  After settling them in, I went home to iron a shirt and was off for the date.

WENDY I was late, but Drew was waiting for me like a gentleman when I stepped out of the cab. He was tall, which was great, because I was wearing 3-inch heels. Confident and smart-looking guy.

DREW She was appropriately dressed, nothing that would make me hesitant. I introduced myself, proclaimed I was starving, and opened the door for her. 

SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY

WENDY Drew told me about his work doing biology research, growing up in Texas, and his time as an undergrad at Vanderbilt. I also grew up in the South, but a very different experience coming from Savannah.

DREW She works for a nonprofit, raising funds for medical needs in impoverished areas.  We talked about how nonprofit work is rewarding, especially if it’s for a good cause. 

WENDY We both had Southern upbringings, enjoy cooking, and have background/interest in the sciences. We are curious and genuine people interested in learning more about those we meet.

DREW We talked a lot about food and restaurants. For eight months, she was a hostess at Clio (my favorite restaurant). 

WENDY Harry Potter came up, as the new movie had just opened. Drew teased me for having gone to see it on opening day–but I stand by my adoration for Mr. Potter.

DREW We talked about politics. She was quite knowledgeable. We also talked about college, majors, and some philosophy. I found out she was a volleyball player in high school and college. 

WENDY Drew was a great conversationalist. He was engaged and interested throughout dinner.

DREW I was comfortable throughout.  She was a nice person and easy to talk to.

WEAK CONCLUSIONS

WENDY While Drew and I had a great conversation, it didn’t have the “umph’’ you want to see on a great date. For me, it’s usually there or it isn’t.

DREW She had noble aspirations, was considering med school–all positives – but I don’t think either of us saw a potential partner.

WENDY It felt like a mutual decision.

DREW After dessert, we reached a lull in the conversation. I suggested we call it a night.

WENDY We walked outside, thanked each other. The goodbye hug said it all.

DREW We went our respective ways. She took a bus, I walked.

Post-Mortem

DREW A

WENDY B

Second Date?

DREW No, I didn’t ask for her number.

WENDY Probably not. While we had fun, the two biology geeks just didn’t have any chemistry.

CUPID PLAYS BALL: Apply now for a very special Dinner With Cupid. We’re sending two daters to the Saturday, September 17, 7:10 p.m. Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays game at Fenway Park. Fill out an application by September 1 at http://www.boston.com/cupid. Applicants will also be eligible for future dates.