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Editor’s note: Responses have been edited lightly for length and clarity.
This time, we paired Matthew and Rod.
First, let’s get to know Matthew:
- He’s 24 and works in finance.
- He enjoys wine, travel, art, food, TV and movies, museums, comedy, nonprofits and music.
- His ideal Charlotte day starts with matcha at home, followed by hanging at a wine bar with friends, and it ends with a jazz show.
- He describes himself as “witty, direct and caring, all while being fun-loving and approachable.”
- He’s 26 and works in interior design.
- He enjoys jogging, brewery/bar hopping with friends, going to the gym and reading.
His ideal Charlotte day is spent with friends either by the pool or at a brewery — “but the day would have to start with me making breakfast,” he says.
He describes himself as “an introverted extrovert who likes to have fun.”
These two creative, outgoing individuals seemed like a potential match. So, we tested their chemistry over splatter painting at Splatter Charlotte and drinks at Wooden Robot.
I called Matthew and Rod a few days afterwards to hear how the date went. Here’s what they had to say.
How do you typically meet your dates?
Matthew: Nine times out of 10 it’s online. Sometimes friends set me up.
- Now that I’m in a nine to five in the professional world, [online] is really the only time I ever meet people.
Rod: Either through datings apps like Hinge or on Instagram.
On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your conversation?
Matthew: An eight or nine. It was slow at first, but it picked up.
- After Splatter, we went to Wooden Robot and it was easier to chat there.
Rod: A six or seven.
- I don’t think our interests were exactly aligned, but it was easy to talk to him.
How would you describe your chemistry?
Matthew: Romantically, he just wasn’t my type. But from a friend perspective, the chemistry was good.
- The date felt like I was hanging out with someone I already knew.
Rod: I don’t think there was much chemistry between us.
- It seemed like a mutual feeling.
What are your thoughts on the date overall?
Matthew: Splatter was a great activity, but it felt a little intimate for a first date.
- Wooden Robot felt like a much more typical setting.
Rod: The activity was cool. It gives you something to do and breaks down walls.
- We were able to actually talk more at Wooden Robot, though.
What’s next? How did you leave it?
Matthew: We left things pretty neutral.
- I sent a text saying to get home safely and that it was nice to meet him.
- We had some mutual friends, so I could see us hanging out with them in the future.
- Overall, it was a more positive experience than I thought it was gonna be.
Rod: We exchanged a couple texts, basically saying it was nice getting to meet each other.
- I don’t think we’ll go on another date, but I’d pursue a friendship.
Before we hang up, I have to know — who’s keeping the canvas?
Matthew: Rod is. He’s an interior designer, so I figured he’d appreciate it more.
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