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Dinner with Cupid

Blind date: ‘I felt somewhat self conscious about how much taller I was than him’

Will their most memorable moments of this date be more about the food than the company?

Derek Mantey and Shannon Brady.

DEREK MANTEY: 30 / sales manager

His perfect Saturday? Golf, softball, coaching lacrosse

What makes him a catch? Social, caring, and driven

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SHANNON BRADY: 27 / application analyst

Her hobbies? Running, golf, yard games

She is happiest: Going dancing with friends or staying in with Netflix 

7:30 P.M. 75 ON LIBERTY WHARF, BOSTON

THE LONG DRIVE

Shannon My friend signed me up and told me after she submitted the application.

Derek Co-workers signed me up on the way back from our sales meeting.

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Shannon I had a generous pour of wine, trying not let my nerves get the best of me.

Derek I asked my female co-workers about 10 times what I should wear.

Shannon When I got to the restaurant, it was empty except for one guy. Process of elimination, I assumed he was my date. He was definitely cute and well dressed. I felt somewhat self conscious about how much taller I was than him, which made me regret wearing heels.

Derek She looked nice and had a well put-together outfit.

ON THE FAIRWAY

Shannon We talked family, busted March Madness brackets, how his hometown beat my hometown in high school hockey championship, Southie St. Patrick’s Day, and travel.

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Derek She was outgoing and into sports, like me (go Pats!). She’s also very family-oriented.

Shannon He seemed at ease, but at times [paid a little more attention to] the college women’s finals than me.

Derek She’s a very smart and funny girl. [I] got more comfortable as the night went on.

Shannon I ordered red wine and the ravioli with mushrooms and spinach. Delicious! The restaurant had beautiful water views and a nice atmosphere.

Derek Porterhouse pork chop. The food was above average and the service was too good — probably because we were his only table. I think we both felt romantic chemistry — between ourselves and our meals.

FORE!

Shannon The conversations were all small talk. I feel like we lacked sparks and chemistry.

Derek Our compatibility was great, just not in a romantic way. We grabbed another drink at the bar next door. It was my idea. I was hoping we’d get into a more energetic, social environment, but it was a slow, dead Monday night.

Shannon We finished our drinks and ordered Ubers home. He asked if I would like to exchange phone numbers and we did.

Derek She called me so I’d have her number. I thought it was my Uber driver, so I answered, but it was her.

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SECOND DATE?

Derek No, it wasn’t a romantic fit.

Shannon No, it was definitely missing the wow factor.

POST-MORTEM

Derek / B-

Shannon / B

Go on a blind date. We’ll pick up the tab. Fill out an application at bostonglobe.com/cupid. Follow us on Twitter @dinnerwithcupid.