Dec 22, 2021 - Dating

Blind Date: John and Emily bond over duckpin bowling at Queen Park Social

Queen Park Social.

Queen Park Social. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

criswell and criswell logo
Our Blind Date series is proudly presented by Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery. Husband and wife team, Drs. Bryan and Kara Criswell, know how important it is to find someone who brings out your best features. Here's to finding the Criswell to your Criswell.

We're back with another installment of the ever-popular Blind Date series!

  • Let's meet this month's participants.

Editor's note: Responses have been edited lightly for length and clarity.

First, there’s John.

He’s 30 and works in insurance. He describes himself as an “open-minded” person who loves hiking, playing games, trying new restaurants and meeting new people.

  • He’s looking for someone who’s “kind, compassionate, open-minded, and intelligent.” John’s new to Charlotte and says even just meeting a friend would be a plus, as he’s looking to expand his network.

Then there’s Emily.

She’s 23 and is a Ph.D. student. She loves trying new restaurants with friends and exploring Charlotte.

  • “I may be short, but I make up for it in sarcasm and bad puns,” Emily says in describing herself.
  • She’s looking for someone who’s funny and intelligent. Ideally, she says, they’d be able to talk about more trivial topics (read: The Bachelor) just as easily as they could hold a more intellectual conversation.

When we chatted about what they’re looking for, both John and Emily placed an emphasis on intelligence and an adventurous spirit.

  • I figured Queen Park Social would allow them to have a deeper conversation, while also infusing a little friendly competition into the evening.

Let’s see how it went, shall we?

How do you typically meet your dates?

John: Well, the pandemic has changed a lot of things. Normally either through friends or at an event, maybe a meetup of some kind.

  • But since the pandemic, it’s been harder to get out and do stuff. A lot of regular events that I enjoy have been canceled.

Emily: I’ve used the dating apps on and off. I’m not a huge dating person as is, so it’s been tough during the pandemic to feel comfortable meeting people.

What was your date like? What did you do?

John: It was good! She was really nice.

  • We went to Queen Park Social and got some food and a couple of beers.
  • We did some duckpin bowling. I’d never heard of that before, so that was cool. I liked that place.

Emily: It was a lot of fun! We met at Queen Park Social.

  • We got some food and drinks and just chatted for a little while.
  • We did some duckpin bowling, which I was really bad at. 

On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your conversation?

John: I’d say probably like a six or a seven.

  • She was really nice, very talkative.
  • As far as interests, I’d say we had stuff in common.

Emily: Maybe like an eight. It flowed well.

  • There weren’t any awkward pauses or anything and I think we definitely had a lot in common.

On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your chemistry?

John: I’d say maybe a six or a seven again. I can’t think of many people I’ve met who I haven’t liked as a person, but as far as a spark … it’s a first date, so who knows?

  • It can be hard to tell.

Emily: I’d say maybe a six. It’s always tough for me to feel a connection with someone on the first date.

  • I think there’s something there, though.

On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the date overall?

John: I’d say a seven. It was good.

  • I feel like on a first date there can be pressure sometimes, but she didn’t seem uncomfortable or anything like that.
  • It was an easy conversation.

Emily: I’d say like a seven.

  • I definitely had a good time. It was one of the best first dates I’ve been on.
  • I think a lot of the hold-up was just me being me, in terms of just having trouble opening up to people at first.
  • I had fun though!

So how did you leave it?

John: We exchanged numbers. I texted her afterward and said that I had a good time and we should do something again.

  • I’m not sure if I see a romantic connection coming out of it. With a first date, it’s hard to tell.
  • It’s a lot easier if people are open to friendship first because then there’s less pressure on it. You never know where something might go from there.

Emily: We exchanged numbers and he texted me afterward.

  • I think we’ll try to meet up again.
  • We haven’t planned anything yet, but I’d definitely be open to it.

Update: The two ended up going out again, but Emily declined a third date.

I’ll continue matching in 2022, so if you’d like to be considered for an upcoming date, fill out this quick survey.

  • To see past installments of the series, click here.

Axios Charlotte thanks our partners for supporting our content. Sponsorship has no influence on editorial content.


Get more local stories in your inbox with Axios Charlotte.


Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more

More Charlotte stories


Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Charlotte.


Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more