Claire, 40, says:
I arrived for the date a few minutes early and noticed a man standing out the front who was about my age and had very nervous look on his face. I thought “oh gosh, I bet this is my date. How on earth are we going to converse when he looks so terrified?”
Thankfully, that wasn’t my date and I was so relieved when Richard was led to the table and sat down. I was a little nervous myself but I felt instantly calmer by his presence. We started chatting right away and just hit it off.
Richard was a really lovely and calming guy. We bonded over all sorts of stuff and had plenty in common, including a love for Seinfeld. We are both creative people. He’s a drummer and I’m a writer, so we connected over creativity.
We spoke about what inspired us to do Blind Date. For me, I have just turned 40 and I’m saying yes to more opportunities. Richard is relatively new to Perth and decided to take an opportunity to meet someone new.
I had to laugh because the waitstaff obviously knew the circumstances of our date and were insistent on making it a really lovely night for us. The food was amazing — we ordered the Chef’s Selection and had so much left over.
After dinner, we went for a walk down Beaufort Street, where Richard kindly escorted me to the Seinfeld mural — I had no idea it was even there. We took some photos there, exchanged numbers, then called it a night.
He texted me about half an hour after I got home saying thanks for the great night. And, of course, I was already on the phone to my best friends, who were dying to know how the date went.
We left it open to catching up for a coffee, so hopefully that happens.
Richard, 49, says:
I was feeling pretty nervous before the date. I just wanted to get there, sit down, meet my date and relax. I was faffing around a bit with trying to work out what to wear but arrived for the date on time.
It was actually pretty cool meeting Claire this way. Like, sort of better than online dating in terms of you not knowing who you’re meeting — you know nothing about them. I felt like I could just talk. It was kind of weird, like, there was nothing to lose. You just sit down, ask questions, learn about each other and be in the moment.
Claire was very friendly, open, had a great smile and amazing blue eyes. I have a lot of respect for her — she’s written a novel and submitted it to a publisher, which I thought was pretty exciting. I found out that we are both Seinfeld fans and I told her about the Seinfeld graffiti wall close by to where we were dining. It was pretty funny as an “Easterner” to introduce something new to a local. We ended up going for a walk there after dinner and chatted about our love for Dolly Parton.
We’ve both tried dating apps and both hate them.
I used to play in bands back in the day, so that was an easy way to meet people out but now that I’m out of the scene, it’s been harder. I mean, I still go out to see bands and stuff but it feels like you can’t just walk up to people and start a conversation anymore.
I thought we got along well. I’m not sure if there was a romantic connection but we swapped numbers and spoke about catching up for a coffee, so that will be nice. We seemed to have a lot in common, so we’ll see what happens.