Senior environmental adviser Anne-Louise and engineer Grant met up for our first virtual Blind Date over sunset drinks, but will there be more on the horizon?
Anne-Louise, 34, says:
I’ve been single since November. And to be honest, I’ve felt single for 21/2 years. I’ve dated two people in that time.
It’s a little bit weird because blind dates are awkward generally, you kind of expect that. But at least when you meet them and chat, you can kind of look around and people-watch and it’s a bit of a distraction, but when it’s on Skype, it’s a blown-up version of my face. And I’m eating, so you just get me shovelling food into my face.
This is how dating is now — single and unable to mingle.
Initially, we had issues with my internet. I had it all planned to have everything set up. I was going to put my food in a nice bowl and eat with cutlery, and then I didn’t want to stuff around mid-date. So I was like “this will be real bogan, a lot more relaxed, I guess”.
It started off hot and smokey — there was literally a fire near my house.
He was quite cute and very lovely. He seemed genuine and open. We got along well. We had quite different backgrounds and upbringing, but he was a very good conversationalist, and we just talked books, a little bit of travel and a little bit of family.
I think there was only two minutes dedicated to coronavirus. That was a nice distraction.
I liked him definitely as a person. So that made it easy that way, but whether there was a spark, I wouldn’t be able to tell unless it was in person.
For me, I need that face-to-face actual in-person thing to be able to determine that.
I really need someone who is present and in the moment — who makes you actually feel wanted. Someone open-minded and non-judgmental and has a real enthusiasm for life. I just don’t want a mundane relationship where we’re stuck in routine. I’m definitely a sense of humour person.
Their weird has to match my weird. I would probably end up being too much.
I’d see him again, but only as friends.
He’s a smoker. It’s a deal-breaker.
Grant, 32, says:
I’ve been single for probably five months now. The last relationship was for three years and it didn’t end on the best terms. It took a little while for me to get my legs back, but they’re well and truly back.
I’ve been on the dating sites a little bit but I’m not a keyboard warrior. The conversation always dies off. I’m busy, I’ve got Zak (my son) full-time, and I work full-time.
It was very different, something that I haven’t done before. It was fun and it was weird.
I thought she’s nice, very well travelled, she seems pretty close with her family.
We talked about work and we talked about food and also about children. She doesn’t have children and that doesn’t faze her by the sounds of things.
She mentioned it didn’t bother her at all dating someone with a child.
She’s just slightly intimidating, but it’s probably not too hard for me to feel intimidated by women. She’s pretty out there. She’s very independent and she’s outgoing, outspoken, seems sensitive but she’s keen on a laugh.
What I’m looking for is just honesty, willingness to try new things. I pretty much do Sunday funday like a ritual.
Everything like fruit picking, taking the bikes out, I got a jet ski recently, a bit of four-wheel driving, a picnic. I don’t like sitting at home and doing nothing.
We talked about camping. She said she’s keen for a day picnic or something when she’s free from work.
We were chatting for quite some time too, so it was quite nice. And we added each other on Facebook to keep in contact.
It’s a bit weird because it’s not face-to-face.
100 per cent I would like to catch up for a drink and something to eat. It would be great to catch up — she a pretty different person to who I usually knock about with.
And different is what I’m looking for at the moment.