Blind Date: A neighborly attraction

Before leaving campus for winter break, two GW sophomores met up at Bangkok Joe’s in Georgetown for some neighborly introductions. Over Thai food and bubble tea, Ben Hirschman and Meenoch Kim tried to find more in common than just their residential hall.

Date Bios

Name: Meenoch Kim
Year: Sophomore
Age: 20
Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.

Name: Ben Hirschman
Year: Sophomore
Age: 20
Hometown: Worcester, Mass.

What is your ideal first date?

Meenoch: My ideal first date would be going to a good concert, listening to good music and having fun.

Ben: My ideal first date would be nothing too fancy – probably just dinner and a movie.

What do you look for in a person?

Meenoch: I’m looking for a nice guy with a great sense of humor and really good taste in music.

Ben: I don’t really care about specific details like height. I’m just looking for a nice looking girl – that sounds really superficial, I’m sorry. I’m looking for a girl who’s funny, easygoing and not too into the party scene.

What are your own interests?

Meenoch: I like shopping, listening to music and dancing.

Ben: I’m interested in music; I play guitar. I’m also interested in politics.

Ben Hirschman

Hirschman: I’d never been on a blind date before. I thought the date went pretty well. We kind of already knew each other because we actually live right across the hall from each other. The dinner was good. She was really nice and fun to talk to. We talked mostly about life at GW.

We had dinner at Bangkok Joe’s. I had panang, which was really good. Then we went to Snap and got bubble tea, which was kind of fun – I’d never tried it before. Then we just went home. It was a little awkward at the beginning, but after that there wasn’t really any awkwardness.

Considering the circumstances of already kind of knowing her, I’d give the date a B+ or an A-. I thought she was very nice and easy to talk to, but it was kind of hard to connect. We didn’t really have that much in common, so I don’t necessarily see this going anywhere romantically, but she was very friendly.

Meenoch Kim

Kim: I’d never been on a blind date before, but my first impression of Ben was that he seemed like a nice guy. It turns out he lives across the hall from me, so I got to know my neighbor.

Dinner was at Bangkok Joe’s. It was fun. I had pad Thai. When I first met him it was awkward, but it got better. We talked about random stuff.

I’d give the date a B+ or A-. We were able to carry a conversation, I had a good time talking to him and he seemed like a cool guy to hang out with. I probably wouldn’t go on another date with him.

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