Date Lab Rat: Age ain’t nothin’ but a number

Even though every Date Lab includes pictures of the two daters in both the print and online versions, I’ve never commented on a couple’s appearance before. Far be it from me to judge physical attractiveness because, as they say, there’s no accounting for taste. But there’s no denying that even though both of this week’s daters are the same age (34), he looks at least 10 years younger than she does. And that to the fact that she’s already been divorced and he’s steadfastly single, and I figured she’d be running circles around him in no time.

Luckily, she didn’t disappoint. She fishes for his mean streak with a little bit of teasing about the restaurant’s girly drinks, but he refuses to take the bait, and she’s turned off by his lack of bite. Other than that, their conversation proceeds pleasantly, but she makes it clear that she’s looking for a man, not a boy: “He still lives with a roommate; he always has. I’m more used to dating guys who are like 40 and paying their mortgage. I’m looking for someone who has been in a more committed relationship.” Is it any surprise that she’s the one who drives him home?

Rating: 4. They both seem likable enough, and no one did anything embarrassing, so it’s a fun read despite the lack of a love connection.

Chances of Success: 2. As dater Jen notes, “But when it comes down to it, people are busy, and when there’s not a romantic love connection, it’s not likely that we’re gonna be like, ‘Let’s check out that art festival.'”

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