She’s done it again. Ace co-op and matchmaker Katy Rushlau just knew Cassandra and Joe were going to get along. Why? Neither one is inclined to take a blind date too seriously. Here’s what happened.
CASSANDRA ROGERS > 29
Microscopy tech/ophthalmic sales
HER PETS A cat named Seamus
WHAT MAKES HER A GOOD CATCH? I have a pretty solid sense of humor.
JOE ST. HILAIRE-BONA > 30
Consumer insights analyst
HIS PETS I have two cats I adopted from the MSPCA.
WHAT MAKES HIM A GOOD CATCH? My rapier-sharp wit and a deep love of humor
7:30 P.M. GASLIGHT, BOSTON
JOE [Before the date] I went home and relaxed for a couple of minutes.
CASSANDRA I had to head to dinner right after work.
JOE I was pretty calm. I felt good; I was looking forward to it.
CASSANDRA I always figure, At least I’ll meet someone new, and I avoid stressing about anything else.
JOE We were both on time. I checked in with the host and she brought me to the table where Cassandra was sitting.
> CROWD WORK
CASSANDRA He was nicely dressed, and I got good vibes from him.
JOE The thing [about her appearance] that stood out was her hairstyle. I thought it looked nice.
CASSANDRA He shook my hand when we met. I’m old-fashioned in some ways and appreciate a handshake.
JOE We talked about what we do for work, things we like, hobbies.
CASSANDRA He’s a pretty avid Boston sports fan.
JOE She’s taking ukulele lessons — and enjoying it a lot — with the goal of learning guitar as well.
CASSANDRA We didn’t have much in common, which I liked, but we had both moved considerable distances from home to live in Boston.
JOE I think we have a similar sense of humor, which is important.
CASSANDRA I felt very comfortable throughout and conversation flowed at a nice clip.
JOE I felt generally comfortable with Cassandra.
CASSANDRA He is a nice guy with a great personality, and that is certainly attractive.
JOE [After dinner] we had another drink and continued to talk.
CASSANDRA We finished up at 11 p.m., so staying out would have been a bit foolish for a school night. If it had been a Friday or Saturday, I think we would have stayed out.
JOE We walked outside, hugged, and went on our way.
CASSANDRA We exchanged digits.
> SECOND DATE?
JOE I think so; we talked about doing a couple of things.
CASSANDRA I would be up for it, for sure. — Compiled by Katy Rushlau