All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
WHEN HE IS HAPPIEST
When learning new things
24 / DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND, SHE COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT
Another person, a pen, and a notebook
WHO PLAYS HER IN A MOVIE
7 P.M. THE MAHARAJA, CAMBRIDGE
> BE PUNCTUAL
CAROLYN I [was heading to the date] straight from work, so I took a moment to freshen up at the office.
ALEX I was kind of tired after a long day, so I had a coffee.
CAROLYN I arrived on time and Alex was already there.
ALEX They seated me in the far corner by the windows, so when she came in the hostess walked her over.
CAROLYN The hostess walked me to our table, where Alex was already seated. I took this as a good sign; it’s very gentlemanly to be early.
> PAY ATTENTION
ALEX I thought she was very pretty, and she was wearing a cute paisley shirt. She didn’t seem nervous at all.
CAROLYN I thought Alex was cute and had traits I find attractive — dark features, nice smile. His body language told me he was a bit nervous, but he was friendly and cheerful from the start.
ALEX We talked about all sorts of things, from serious topics like our careers and future plans to lighthearted pop culture fare — for instance, how Adam Levine is totally undeserving of the Sexiest Man Alive title (#teamgosling).
CAROLYN Alex was very easy to talk to. I never once got bored or checked my watch. I also learned that Alex is half-Indian and could help me navigate the menu. I really liked having him help me order; it’s refreshing when a guy is confident and comfortable introducing me to new things.
ALEX A few of the specific things we had in common included that we both love spicy food, we prefer vodka to other liquors, we’re avid NPR listeners, and we both enjoy Keira Knightley romantic dramas like Atonement.
> MAKE HER AN OFFER
CAROLYN As we finished eating, Alex asked if I wanted to grab drinks or dessert at a nearby bar. I was glad he asked. When we got there, Alex found us a table and pulled out the chair for me. In that moment, it seemed so normal to be hanging out with him. That’s when I knew I was hoping for a second date.
ALEX We actually spent more time there than at the dinner.
CAROLYN There was a bit of a spark at the end of the date when he kissed me. I give props to guys who just go for it, especially when the date’s clearly going well.
> SECOND DATE?
ALEX Definitely. I had a great time.
CAROLYN He’s already reached out to me.
— Compiled by Vanessa Fernandes
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