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Thursday, 22 November 2007 03:00

Blind Date with a Vendor

Written by  Anthony J. Drew

I have been on a blind date only once. I do not remember who made the referral, but I clearly remember the date and why it was the last one I ever accepted. The woman and I had almost nothing in common. Sitting in front of this total stranger, trying not to gulp my drink, struggling for conversation, with neighboring patrons finding it all humorous was beyond awkward. It felt like a punishment. Every question I asked was met with, “I dunno.” Every offering of information about myself received a, “That’s nice.” Nothing from the considerable depths of my charm could have rescued that date. What could I possibly have expected? What’s the likelihood that plucking someone at random out of the general population will yield a good match? How could I have prevented the “Date That Should Never Have Been?” Inquiring ahead of time about the woman in question and