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    Dinner with Cupid

    Blind date: ‘Rule number one: Always check his shoes’

    Will his footwear prompt her to take a hike?

    Alexis Cole and Upendra Naidoo.

    ALEXIS COLE: 25 / research assistant

    ON A DESERT ISLAND, SHE’D BRING: Music, camera, her cat

    HER INTERESTS: Being outdoors, from hiking to lying on the Esplanade


    UPENDRA NAIDOO: 25 / computer engineer

    WHEN HE IS HAPPIEST: Outdoors exploring nature

    HIS INTERESTS: Yoga, scuba diving, hiking, snowboarding



    Alexis I work in a lab and my co-workers helped me prep. I put on makeup and my sauciest hoop earrings.

    Upendra I was coming from work so I needed to unwind. I chugged a beer as soon as I got to the restaurant.


    Alexis He was attractive. He looked very cleaned up. Rule number one: Always check his shoes. It was tough because the restaurant was dark but I managed to catch a glimpse and they looked stylish. I made a mental note to check at the end of the date.

    Upendra She looked very natural, she didn’t seem to have any makeup on and had the out-of-bed hair look. But [she] still looked pretty.


    Alexis He seemed smart, and has traveled a lot. The conversation felt very predictable. Maybe 80 percent was me asking a question and he would follow up with “how about you?” So I basically knew whatever question was coming up.

    Upendra It was the generic stuff that usually gets asked when meeting someone new.

    Alexis Food was good. I ordered a peppered pasta dish


    Upendra I ordered ravioli. The food was tasty and service was on point.

    Alexis We both like to hike. We also both work in a science-related field.

    Upendra We both went to school in Boston, and enjoy cycling. But other than that, we did not seem to have a lot in common.


    Alexis When I realized that I was barely laughing, I knew it wasn’t going to work out. He was a nice guy but I need someone with more humor. Normally if I’m attracted, I’ll be flirty but I wasn’t feelin’ it.

    Upendra She was polite but didn’t do anything to make me really like or resent her.

    Alexis He popped the question about getting another drink elsewhere. I couldn’t get myself to act like an adult and tell him that I didn’t want to, so I told him that I needed to feed my cat.

    Upendra I couldn’t tell if she really had a cat to feed.

    Alexis In reality I could have easily “fed my cat” and then gone out for drinks. Was he thinking this? Probably. He offered me a ride home but I told him I was all set. I was able to confirm that he was wearing nice shoes.

    Upendra It ended with an exchange of numbers and a “nice to meet you.”

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    Alexis He just texted me asking if I’d want to meet up again. Eh, probably not.

    Upendra Not sure. There weren’t fireworks but there weren’t any red flags either.


    Alexis / B-

    Upendra / B-

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