Who’ll find love on our virtual date? This week it’s Karis, 33 and Danny, 36, but will romance be on the cards?
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- Karis, 33, and Danny, 36, who live in the UK, share outcome of their virtual date
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Karis, 33, (pictured) has been single for 18 months and has no children
I had a few short-term partners in my early 20s, followed by a seven-year relationship. We were married for three years, but separated 18 months ago as we didn’t want the same things. I’ve been working out what I want from life and, this year, I want to do things outside my comfort zone — a Zoom blind date certainly falls into that category.
Single for 18 months, no children.
Would Like To Meet
A man who is intelligent with varied interests and humour. Not someone who is bad with money, has no drive, or is only interested in sport.
I was excited and terrified in equal measure. While I’m good at public speaking, my brain goes to mush in the presence of an attractive man. I decided to wear a floral dress with puffy sleeves, which I’d bought just before the pandemic.
Danny was quiet but, oddly, a loud dresser. I was surprised to see him in a floral-print shirt. He seemed to struggle to get going with the date. He didn’t seem comfortable and mostly looked off-screen.
Easy To Talk To?
No, we just couldn’t get past small talk. I tried to draw him out with questions about film and travel, but his responses were generalised and didn’t leave much for me to respond to. It was uncomfortable.
I wasn’t sure if it was me at first but, actually, it didn’t matter what subject I raised, Danny didn’t want to go any deeper.
Liked? The food I ate was lovely.
See Him Again? No thank you.
I did find out that he studied music and plays piano, but I didn’t get a sense of his passion. We’re both foodies, yet didn’t get beyond discussing our meal for the evening. I asked about his favourite cuisine, and he said he liked most things. I was surprised that he wasn’t more chatty, given he works in radio.
Danny asked me how I thought it went. I was honest, saying I didn’t have a lot to go on so wasn’t sure.
Did Sparks Fly?
No. We chatted for 58 minutes but, after 15, I knew that was enough for me. It was a very long hour. Maybe we weren’t in the right headspace.
Would you like to meet in person ?
No, thank you. My gut tells me it would have been the same in real life. We swapped Twitter handles.
What do you think he thought of you?
Probably that I wasn’t a good conversationalist. At one point I Googled: ‘Things to talk about on a first date.’ Then, at Danny’s suggestion, we did a pub quiz.
Would your family like him?
It’s hard to say because he didn’t go into any detail about himself.
Danny, 36, (pictured) has been single for five years and has no children
Single for five years, no children.
Radio presenter and DJ.
Would Like To Meet
A woman with a great personality. I would like to find someone who has a good heart, a nice smile and who likes good food.
In my late 20s, I was in a three-year relationship in which we saw each other only at weekends. She wanted to move in, but I’m very independent and prefer my space and freedom. While we’re still friendly, I’m more open to taking that next step with someone new. That’s why I’ve been going on speed and virtual dates.
No, I’m on the radio for my job so I’m used to interviewing bands and singers. I tried to be myself and not go into interview mode. I picked out one of my snazzy shirts to wear — I’ve got a colourful collection.
I thought Karis looked lovely with a nice smile. Physically it’s hard to tell what she looks like, but I did compliment her on her dress. There was a bit of silence to begin with — we were each waiting for the other to get the ball rolling.
Easy To Talk To?
It was unusual and varied. I don’t think Karis is into music, so that line of chat didn’t go far. We’re both foodies, which I took as a good sign, but there were moments when it was a bit weird, with pauses in the flow of our chat.
While I did try to get a rhythm going, I found I was running out of things to ask Karis, so I suggested doing a quiz. She looked surprised, but did moderately well.
DANNY’S VERDICT: 7/10
Liked? Connecting with Karis in lockdown.
See Her Again? If she’d like to
I also told her one of my jokes, I know if you can make a woman laugh it’s a good thing. It went: ‘My friend writes about sewing machines. He’s a Singer songwriter — or so it seams.’ She got it straight away!
When the conversation dried up, Karis Googled other topics. I wasn’t offended and saw the funny side.
Did Sparks Fly?
If I’m honest, no. I don’t think Karis is on my wavelength.
Would you like to meet in person?
Actually yes, because you can’t get a feel for someone over Zoom.
What do you think she thought of you?
I’m not the most typical of guys, I am unique and quirky. In my line of work you do need to have a personality and mine does shine through. But I think she could tell that just from the shirt I wore.
Would your family like her?
Yes, Karis is like the girl next door. She works hard, is down to earth and doesn’t have a bad bone in her body.
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