The date: Dinner at Building on Bond
Justin: "She’s taller than me and I was like, Is she gonna care about that? Her body language made it seem like she’s reserved. She looked like a Manhattan professional—I wondered what she looked like in casual clothes."
Melinda: "The poor guy was sopping wet from the rain, but he’s got a good smile, and I really liked that he is a guy who rocks a leather jacket. Good first impression, very natural. I did notice that he was shorter than me. Tall-girl problems."
Justin: "It was hard to get on that flirty level, but when she’d laugh, those moments were nice. Our legs touched a couple times, and we kept pulling them back and saying, 'Sorry.'"
Melinda: "I don’t think there was romantic chemistry, but there was a connection. Justin’s super laid-back. He was really present and engaged."
Justin: "My first impression didn't match up with who she was. She was telling me about going to concerts and spontaneous trips she took. I was asking her lots of questions and she was looking at me like, I don't even know you!"
Melinda: "We were there for two and a half hours, and I feel like we talked about everything: grad school, our careers, our love-hate relationship with New York, our travels.… When the waiter came to take our order, we realized we hadn't even looked at the menu yet."
Justin: “Her body language towards the end was getting looser. She smiled when she left, which was good, and I told her I wanted her to show me around the East Village.”
Melinda: "We walked together in the rain to the A. We hugged, he got my number, then we hugged again."
In three words
Justin: Melinda is "tidy, reserved and enticing."
Melinda: Justin is "worldly, confident and a surfer."
Justin: "I’d like to see if we can build some chemistry in a different setting. She’s cute, you know? And into jazz and cool dive bars."
Melinda: "I’d see him again in a group—I like to go see Jumbo Brown play at Skinny Dennis in Williamsburg on Sundays, so I might invite him to that."
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