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Dinner with Cupid

‘We’re both a bit contrarian’

Could a contradancing gal fall for a club-going guy?

David Phipps and Julia Doucett.

JULIA DOUCETT: 23 / physical therapy aide

First thing people notice in her home: Christmas lights

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Her perfect Saturday: Going out dancing at night

DAVID PHIPPS: 24 / software engineer

His interests: Playing with gadgets and living in a faux sci-fi environment

His perfect Saturday: Going out dancing for hours

7 P.M. POSTO, SOMERVILLE

CHOOSE A PARTNER

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Julia I chose a dress that made me feel confident and took off the chipped polish on my nails so I didn’t look like a slob.

David [I] took a shower and threw on a blazer/shoes I wouldn’t wear to a dive bar. I was nervous as hell. I misjudged the distance and showed up early.

Julia Unfortunately, he wasn’t my type. I hang out with fitness nuts, and I could tell he wasn’t one.

David She’s cute. I think I’ve seen her face before, but I can’t place where.

DO-SI-DO

Julia He seemed nervous at first because he was talking really fast. We decided to split a bottle of red wine.

David After the wine did its thing I became more comfortable, but I was still talking at about 100 words per minute.

Julia He worked with artificial intelligence, which I thought was really cool.

David She’s well traveled, hikes a ton, and aspires to be a physical therapist. We’re both a bit contrarian. If there’s something like Hamilton that everybody says is the best thing ever, we are against it out of principle. We’re also both atheists who love Christmas.

Julia I ordered the gnocchi, which came highly recommended by our server. I definitely ate everything on my plate.

David I ordered the tagliatelle and the blackberry plum crostata. I thought they were delicious and quite enjoyed them, but I’m not much of a food critic.

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MISSING A BEAT

Julia He told me he had gone dancing at nightclubs almost every weekend of his life. I think he equated dancing at clubs with the social dancing I do: contradance, Latin dance, and swing. I realized we didn’t have enough in common to work. I’m not a clubber and never will be.

David I asked her if she’s in the area much. She said she’s really busy this weekend, asked if I had a Facebook, and I kinda tripped over my words explaining how to find me there.

Julia We said we’d look for each other on Facebook, and then I left and realized at no point had I learned his last name, so he would be impossible to find.

David We both went for the hug.

SECOND DATE?

Julia We are too different, but I hope he finds someone who likes the night life.

David Probably not, since neither of us has the means to contact each other, but I’d be open to it.

POST-MORTEM

Julia A for company; C for romance

David B- My fault. I was pretty awkward throughout.

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