Kirsten is a 22-year-old who works in corporate development at a software company and lives near Casa Loma. She says her best qualities are “I can and will talk to literally anyone,” as well as “thinking up fun things to do” and being open-minded; her worst qualities are being “super-clumsy” and “rarely knowing where my house keys are.” Kirsten likes karaoke, “wandering aimlessly around Toronto,” and “trying to find the perfect box wine.” She adds, “My two dream men are John Legend and Kevin Spacey… My tastes are diverse.”
Brody is a 24-year-old who works in administration services and lives in Cabbagetown. He describes himself as having an “amazing sense of humour,” and says he’s “loyal, and a great listener.” Brody is “shy in large groups, and not spontaneous enough.” He likes to “perform comedy, exercise, watch movies, and TV shows” and says, “My improv group just produced our first show; it went very well.” Brody adds, “I don’t have a certain type—just someone with a nice smile. I’m also a sucker for glasses.”
Kirsten on Brody
“I had a bit of time to anxiously creep on every single person who walked by, trying to figure out who my date was! Just as I was contemplating asking the photographer if she wanted to have dinner if my date didn’t show up, I saw Brody bolt across the street. At this point, I was just relieved to have my date show up, but luckily he was cute, too. I liked what he was wearing, especially the bright shoes! He looks good in plaid.
“We exchanged what was probably the most awkward handshake in the history of first dates, mostly because I have zero sense of grace or spatial awareness. Luckily, it was no indication of how the rest of the night would go.
“Brody seemed like a pretty serious guy, and I was a bit surprised when he told me he did comedy, but within minutes he had me almost in tears laughing, and it made sense. We discovered that Brody knew one of my close friends, which was a good icebreaker. The cocktails and tequila shots that we drank while we waited for our food were an even better icebreaker. I was surprised that I actually felt chemistry, because I usually don’t on a first date. This is probably creepy, but I always do the ‘Can I imagine kissing this guy?’ quiz in my head around the half-way point on a date, and I definitely could.
“We shared bad dating experiences, including the time a guy broke into my house, and the time Brody got tricked into going to church with a girl’s family under the guise of a first date. We [tried] to figure out what our celebrity dating name would be. We decided on ‘Bro-sten’ because ‘Kirdy’ sounds like a Muppet’s name.
“Throughout the night, between all the laughs, it was clear that Brody and I actually had quite a bit in common. We both came to Toronto from backwoods towns with less than 12,000 people to pursue performance careers—I did a stint at theatre school here, before switching directions—and we both grew up with a sibling [who is] four years older; we both agreed that American Beauty is the greatest movie of all time; we both have tiny bladders; and we are both capable of downing what seemed like a million drinks in one sitting and still walking slightly straight.
“I got the vibe that Brody was confident, but really down-to-earth and authentic. At no point did I feel like he was ‘performing’ for the date or holding anything back. It was very clear that he’s just as genuine and sweet as he is funny.
“After three or four hours of cocktails and laughs, we ended up getting the bill in a rush since Brody was performing that night. I actually had plans with friends that I ended up showing up late for, because I was having such a good time. Brody offered to pay without hesitation, which was very sweet and generous. [Editor’s note: the first $100 of a Hook-Up date’s bill is covered by the restaurant.] It was almost as sweet as when he asked to see a picture of my cat before I even told him I had one. I ended up asking Brody if he wanted to exchange numbers. We punched our digits into each other’s phones, and did a very impressive high-five before parting ways.”
KIRSTEN RATES THE DATE (OUT OF 10):
Brody’s style: 8
Brody’s tip handling: 10
Brody’s hair: 8
Brody on Kirsten
“I really underestimated how much travel time was required; I arrived in the area [on-time] but then walked in the wrong direction. I was worried my date would be offended by my tardiness. Kirsten was understanding, and didn’t seem to mind.
“The first thing I noticed about Kirsten was her long red hair and sparkling bright eyes. I was attracted to her. She seemed business-focussed because of the blazer she was wearing. Meeting each other was a little awkward, but that quickly faded.
“We discovered that her old roommate was in an improv class with me. That helped break the ice, and showed how small the world is. We sat down and the date flowed from there.
“We tried every fancy drink in the restaurant; I’m not sure how many. She shared some of her deer tartar with me. It was nice to try something new; I never would have tried it on my own. I found that her mindset was grounded, but still fun. She works four jobs but still knows how to enjoy herself. She was always positive and never complained about anything; I feel like she could have fun in any situation, and it seems like she can get along with anyone. She was always positive and never complained about anything.
“We have similar backgrounds. Her childhood town sounded similar to mine. She has an older sister, and I have an older brother. We both have marketing backgrounds. Her family is of Ukrainian heritage, and so is mine. She likes playing Settlers of Catan; it’s one of my favourite games. We even measured hands and I had the bigger ones. It was a personal victory. But I felt like I could have tried to be a bit more serious. My natural reflex is to makes jokes when I’m nervous. I hope I wasn’t too much of a clown.
“I had to perform at a comedy show and was running late. I paid the bill and grabbed my coat, [but] it would have been nice to have a slower goodbye. I would [like to] spend time with her again; I just have to figure out how texting works.”
BRODY RATES THE DATE (OUT OF 10):
Kirsten’s style: 8
Kirsten’s hug: 7
Kirsten’s tact: 9
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