Dinner With Cupid

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ANNE KIRBY

46 / PROJECT MANAGER, DESIGN

WHO WOULD PLAY HER IN A MOVIE

My daughter says Tina Fey

WHEN SHE IS HAPPIEST

Reading and painting

MICHAEL D. ANDELMAN

44 / TAX, FINANCIAL ADVISER

LAST BOOK HE READ

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND, HE COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT

My bicycle, bow and arrows, and love

7 P.M. MYERS+CHANG, BOSTON

> ROLLING RALLY

ANNE I had to send a very large PDF document, which needed to be broken into four e-mails, which gave me no narcissistic prep time.

MICHAEL I rode my bicycle in the 50-degree weather and stopped on the Longfellow Bridge to breathe deeply before the date.

ANNE A week before the date, I was euphoric. Two days before the date, I was nervous. The day of the date, I was despondent. An hour before the date, I was nauseated.

MICHAEL Even before I arrived, I was calm, cold, and collected, thanks to the beautiful weather.

> KICKING THE TIRES

ANNE He was on time. I was 15 minutes late? (I’m sure he knows exactly how late I was.)

MICHAEL I waited outside for five minutes before I went inside to order a hot tea. My date was unfashionably 14 minutes late. Yes, I noted the exact time.

ANNE The hostess told me to turn around, he [was] standing by the entrance window.

MICHAEL Whereas my date was tardy and slightly disheveled, she was easy to spot.

ANNE I told him that I hoped he hadn’t been waiting too long. He told me he was there at 7.

MICHAEL We did not order drinks, but we did talk about her two kids and where we rode our bicycles from. I learned about my date’s family and interests, like art and literature.

ANNE He was smart to be drinking tea, looked intelligent, and asked the hostess for another cup for me. He was a complete gentleman.

MICHAEL She is a very pleasant and nice woman.

ANNE He was so vague; he must have had a recent stalker relationship. This gets very confusing for me, because he changed his story sometimes. He owns a sailboat and does some sail racing. too. Then later he corrected me, saying he doesn’t own a sailboat, but works on his friend’s boat.

MICHAEL From the start, I was not interested in my date. She barely “showed up,” and I was not chemically attracted.

ANNE First [I was] comfortable, then extremely uncomfortable, then comfortable, then uncomfortable at the end.

> OVER THE BARS

MICHAEL We exchanged more simple pleasantries, and when there was a pause, I said, “Well, great, I must pee,” and I trotted [off].

ANNE I asked him if that’s how he wanted to end the evening, with those words. He surprised me by walking over and giving me a hug.

> SECOND DATE?

MICHAEL Any opportunity for someone else to find me a mate is a great opportunity for me.

ANNE No.

> POST-MORTEM

MICHAEL C-

ANNE A-

— Compiled by Vanessa Fernandes

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