Blind Date: Emma and Jake compared their fitness regimes over dinner
Emma, 37, says:
Jake was there first. He was already at the table, so he walked over and was introduced by the waitstaff.
I’m a nightmare. Bless his heart. I felt so bad because I have so many dietary requirements. I just went to the menu and I was like, “I hope you don’t mind but I want to take control and we’re going to order this, this, and this and this”.
He has a really nice personality, easy to talk to and very easygoing. The conversation flowed easily and we had a really good chat. It was just general small-talk chat, like you do when you are on a first date.
He works FIFO, so he’s away a lot. He’s divorced, he’s got kids, so we don’t really kind of have a lot in common in that sense.
He was very keen to show me pictures of his boat. That’s something he’s obviously very passionate about and something that he’s obviously worked hard for, so good on him. He likes to go out spearfishing and diving. It’s not something I’ve done before. And I’m not really a water baby. He did show me a video of him going spearfishing.
I went straight from a training session and then had to get up at 6am the next morning. I’m an avid weightlifter. I love a wine – I am Irish – but I make up for it.
It’s my first date in a couple of years. I have done my dash and I really appreciate my own company and my life and I’m quite happy within myself, so I’m not in a rush to date.
I was the one to call the end of the date. I had a good time but a girl needs her beauty sleep. He asked for my number but I agreed to let him give me his number. I don’t really like giving out my details until I really know somebody.
Jake, 35, says:
I was there first – I sat there and had a beer. I’d already had a nerve-settler at home. I was watching everyone walk in and I could tell when Emma walked in because she was basically the only young person by themselves walking into El Publico.
She’s a very talkative person, so there was just no awkwardness. Well, at the start, obviously, both of us were going “how did we get dragged into this?” But we started chatting and it didn’t stop until we left. It was tit for tat the whole time, just bouncing off each other, which was great.
She picked pretty much all the food on the menu. I was more than happy to eat everything she picked. The guacamole was so good.
I’ll never let a dull conversation happen; I’m pretty good at trying to avoid them. But I didn’t have to put in as much effort. She has a lot of interests I have, stuff she hasn’t done before but wanted to do and try. She’s a very career-driven woman. We’ve both got pretty good jobs and we’ve worked hard to get there.
She’s a mad fitness person. I am into keeping fit but more kite surfing, surfing, spearfishing. I do go to the gym, but I’m more of a ‘throw a bit of tin around for 10 minutes and get swole’.
I had a really good night. I thought she was great. The conversation was great. I find her reasonably attractive.
It’s very hard just meeting and then going away for four weeks. I work FIFO and I’m about to go offshore again. It can be hard to keep up that constant presence, especially when I get the kids week on, week off.
I gave her my number and said feel free to call and message me and and we’ll catch up next time. She said “yeah, absolutely”.