BLIND DATE: Administrator Jessica and bartender Nate struggle to find common ground

Jessica, 38, says:

I didn’t really know what to expect. I was a little bit nervous, but I think anyone going into this kind of situation would be. I just thought to myself: “I’ve got nothing to lose — expect the unexpected”. I arrived for the date a little late, went to the staff and mentioned I was here for the Blind Date and they led me to Nate.

Camera IconJessica said she and Nate were polar opposites. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian

My first impression of Nate was that he seemed nice. As I said, I had no idea what to expect so I was pleasantly surprised. I thought he looked pretty young.

I think we are very different people. Like, we are polar opposites. An example of that would be that I’m really into food and Nate said that he just eats to survive. I can’t relate to that at all — I love food. I’ll give credit where credit is due though, he did try an oyster during our date.

Nate is into travelling, which is cool but his version of travel and mine are very different. I guess as a single guy, he likes to go out, stay in backpackers etc. and that is just something I have zero interest in. Maybe when I was younger but not now.

I can’t really say that we bonded over a lot, or nothing specific comes to mind. I would say we spent most of our time talking about travel because we both enjoy it.

I do struggle to put myself out there so this was a big thing for me. I’m not very much of an online dating person. I prefer to meet people organically. I find it particularly hard to make a connection through typing.

When I applied for Blind Date it was a bit of tongue in cheek, to be honest. I saw it pop up and I just thought, why not? I’ve been on a blind date before where a friend set me up and it didn’t go very well. This was years ago though and we were also just very different people. You just never know I guess until you put yourself out there.

At the end of the date, Nate pretty much just said we are polar opposites and left. I’m a very honest person and quite direct and I think that might have been a bit full on for him, I’m not sure. I think we do life very differently and see things very differently.


Nate, 37, says:

I was first to arrive for the date. Jessica arrived shortly after and sat down. We did the usual intro when you first meet someone. She seemed really nervous.

Nate was trying to be a gentleman.
Camera IconNate was trying to be a gentleman. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian

Jessica asked if I would like to order a drink, I said yes and that I was happy to order anything; if she had a preference, I’ll have whatever she is having. You know, just trying to be easygoing and a gentleman. She ended up asking for advice from the waitress regarding the wines. Jessica was quite forward and direct with the staff and as someone who works in hospitality myself, I didn’t really enjoy that.

It was then time to order some food and I had mentioned I didn’t really like oysters and that they’re just not for me. She didn’t accept that and then interrogated me as to why I didn’t like them. It honestly felt like a constant interrogation. Every time I would answer a question, it felt like she just wouldn’t accept the answer. I’m a pretty laid-back kind of person but was being told that I just like to be in control and that I wasn’t very adventurous.

I found that a bit odd. I’ve done a lot of adventurous things in my life. I’ve taught English overseas, swum with stingrays, modelled in Japan, I was even a flight attendant despite the fact I don’t like to fly.

We got the food and were attempting to have a conversation but it honestly felt like she over-analysed every response to a question I gave. It was exhausting and not relaxing at all. I’ve never felt so on edge on a date. Jessica mentioned she applied for Married at First Sight but was worried she would be cast as the villain. I thought to myself, “they would 100 per cent cast you as that”.

Once we finished the food I was just really honest. I said I don’t like confrontation and felt like there was so much tension between us and that I would like to finish up the date. Jessica said she was just a very honest person and that is fine, there is nothing wrong with that, but as far as a date, this hasn’t gone as expected. Sometimes opposites do not attract.


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