Blind Date: Officer manager Kate and manager Ethan shared boating tips and hidden holiday spots

Ethan, 27, says:

Tiny’s is a pretty cool little joint. I got seated and met Kate. She probably wasn’t my type but she was really nice to talk to and easy to get along with.

This is very out of my comfort zone, generally speaking I’m quite an introverted person on the surface. You don’t have any of that pre-existing stuff so obviously that consumed the majority of the beginning of our date. That was kind of good though because it helped with the initial uncomfortableness.

The place did a “let us feed you” so we did that out of convenience I suppose, instead of deciding what to order.

Her family has Boats so we had a fair bit of common interest. Technically I have a boat. Is it on the water? Well. But that’s my job, I fix Boats. The boat that I own is not seaworthy.

She’d just been on a pretty big Kimberley trip with her family and I previously worked on some island that they visited, Cockatoo Island. It’s an iron ore mine essentially, but there’s like eight people that own half the island and have kept it as their own resort. So I did some Aquatic repairs at the swimming pool and Kate and I had a very weird obscure common knowledge of that little area which I’m sure now people don’t know much about, which was kind of cool. That definitely wasn’t expected. Whenever I mention that I was there I don’t expect anyone to have any idea what I’m talking about. I did about five years of traveling around to different jobs for work doing most regional stuff. My God was it a terrible time but I’ve been to some very obscure cool places like the north coast of Australia.

Our dogs came up but we didn’t really talk about them for that long.

It was a good time. I’m certainly not disappointed I did it. But it wasn’t the best date in the world. I don’t think I had a spark with Kate. I honestly Forgot to get her phone number but I don’t think we would go on a date anyway but I feel pretty rude that I didn’t even offer it.

Verdict: 6.5 / 10

Kate, 26, says:

I’ve done a blind date before and I’ve done speed dating. I think my mum’s friend of a friend asked me to go because they needed young people. So I’ve done that sort of thing before. I much prefer that sort of thing to online dating. I think everyone’s pretty much over it. Just how distant it can be. So yeah, I guess personally, I’m just open to trying things, hence why I applied.

He’s a nice lad. We sat down and it was a decent first impression. He did tell me that his friends applied for him on his behalf and that they wanted to see him on TV and I was really worried it was his attempt to get his claim to fame like Locky Gilbert from The Bachelor or something. I was like “ooh is that the vibe I’m going to get Tonight?” But he was actually able to hold a really decent conversation.

We spoke about heaps. Obviously about the pets that we have. We have boating in common, they have a job in the industry. We actually talked a bit about religion and theology. He was quite emotionally Intelligent. I used to be quite religious in my early teens. He asked lots of questions. I’m a pretty open person about that anyway, so I was happy to chat about it. But yeah, he wasn’t afraid to ask questions which was nice. I think I’ve grown up a lot since then. I wouldn’t say any particular religion is my cup of tea.

Ethan has dark humor and decent banter. I appreciate the decent banner so that was great. It seems like he’s got some decent life experience behind him.

He’s a lovely person. But I don’t think I would go on a date with him romantically just because I didn’t pick up those vibes, potentially as a friend, but these days, who does that.

At the end of the night, neither of us exchanged numbers, but you know what, that’s totally OK. I didn’t want to put pressure on it and I don’t think he did either. I wanted to put myself out there a bit more and I definitely achieved that.

Verdict: 5/10

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