Blind Date: Service representative Nigel & Teacher assistant Sally

Nigel, 42, says:

I arrived 15 minutes early. I wasn’t sure how traffic was going to be so I thought I’d give myself some time. When I arrived I was shaking like a leaf, I was so nervous. When Sally rocked up, I felt at ease. Everything felt pretty natural and we were able to have a good laugh.

Sally seemed very cool. She’s clear on what she wants out of life, she seems caring, compassionate and loving. We had a good night with lots of laughs. Funnily enough, both our daughters share the same first name.

Camera IconNigel is looking for someone to grow old with. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian

We covered some general first date topics like what sports we are into. We are both AFL fans but support different teams so we chatted about that. We spoke about raising kids, Sally has two and I have one and my move from the country to Perth. There were no awkward moments during the date and no long bouts of silence. I think we both had a nice conversation.

When we left, we exchanged numbers and she said to let her know when I got home so I did. She was open and honest straight away and said she didn’t feel a connection which I appreciate a lot and is totally fair enough. I’m actively dating and I’m ready for a loving relationship with someone I can grow old with, sounds corny but it’s the truth, so I appreciate honesty.

It’s always a gamble when you go out on a date and meet someone for the first time and even more so when you know nothing about the other person beforehand. It was a really good experience for me though. I’ve never done anything like this before and I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and try something completely different – which I did so I’m happy about that. It’s unfortunate we weren’t a match but that is life. Food was good, company was good.


Sally, 39 says:

I was scrolling Facebook one afternoon when a Blind Date article popped up and I thought to myself, I should give this a go and to be honest, I completely forgot about it. Once the date was confirmed I went into this experience with an open mind not knowing what to expect.

Sally was nervous going into her date, not knowing what to expect.
Camera IconSally was nervous going into her date, not knowing what to expect. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian

I was very nervous going in. With dating apps, you’ve generally been talking for a while and have seen what they look like so you know there is an attraction there so it was nerve-wracking going in totally blind, knowing nothing, not even a name but at the same time I was excited. When I saw we were meeting at Lotus, I thought even better – I’ve been wanting to go there for a while.

Nigel and I didn’t have too much in common. We both work very different jobs. He is solitary most of the time, whereas mine is very social. We‘ve had a very different upbringing, different life experiences so I did struggle to find some common ground there. We were able to have a very nice and enjoyable surface level conversation though. We talked about football for a while, I’m an Eagles supporter and he goes for the Dockers. We chatted about our kids, dating and life in general.

I think as people we were quite different. Nigel is probably a little more introverted than I am and I’m more extroverted but I think Nigel is trying to change that and put himself out there a bit more which I thought was really cool.

We had an enjoyable night and a nice conversation. Once we finished up, Nigel covered what was left of the bill. We exchanged numbers as we left the restaurant and sent each other a message when we got home. I let him know I had a really nice time but I just didn’t feel a connection between us. I have nothing but nice things to say about Nigel – we had a really nice night but it was lacking spark.


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