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LOVE IS BLIND
My friend met her long-term boyfriend through yours truly – so, feeling she had a bit of romantic debt to pay
back, she was quick to volunteer her services in engineering a blind date. I was a bit dubious about the concept
– who but Jewish grandmothers in the movies actually thought they were a good idea? When I asked my
friends if they knew anyone who had been set up on a successful blind date, our receptionist – who has mole-
like vision – joked, “I met my boyfriend when my glasses were off – does that count?”, while another quipped
she was “pretty blind” when she met her partner. Groan. But my friend assured me the guy in question was
nice, smart and socially adept, so I relented and let her give him my number. He responded dutifully, texting me
to suggest the new Northbridge Brewing Company, and even offered to pick me up. While I’d never dream of
hitching a ride with a stranger I met online, having my friend vet the creeps for me was reassuring. But was love
really, er, blind? I was about to find out. The guy picked me up bang on time and was polite and gentlemanly,
with a nice manner that had the convo flowing smoothly. And the fact he cited Nabokov as his favourite author?
Let’s just say it had been a long time since I had met a guy who could list a book other than Harry Potter. Still,
there was something fundamental missing: chemistry. He followed up by asking me on another date but when
I told him I didn’t feel a romantic spark, he admitted he felt the same. Still, as far as first dates go it could
certainly have been worse.
GEORGIE, PHYSIOTHERAPIST, 24,
AND JACK, PSYCHOLOGY STUDENT, 24
Together since August 2013
Georgie My friend arranged for Jack and I to meet at
a party. She told us about each other but didn’t show
photos. It was a little awkward at first, but I liked how
genuine he was and the way he listened... He texted
me the next day, asking me out. I wasn’t 100 per cent
sure but my friend convinced me. We had a sit-down
dinner – it was more formal than I was used to but
we had a lot of laughs. Over a year on, we’re really
happy and are going away together to Vietnam over
Christmas. Having that friend in common gives you
the understanding that they’re a good person and not
a creep, even if you don’t know anything about them.
My mum met her boyfriend on a blind date too!
Your friend has done
the screening for you so you
won’t get sprung by a creeper.
You might feel pressure to please
your friend, even if you know
you’re not into the date.
While I’d never dream
of hitching a ride with
a stranger I met online,
having my friend vet
the creeps for me was
reassuring. But was
love really, er, blind?
For the LGBTI community:
are there enough dating
opportunities in Perth?
Would you say the
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