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Blind date: Love at first site

Ten years and 120 blind dates later, the evening’s blind daters will take a trip back in time, visiting the sights and sites where it all began.

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Pearce Cleveland and Brionnie Briem stop for photos at the Cass Street angel wings. (Rick Nocon)

(Matchmaking by Jessica Pelligra)

Pearce Cleveland and Brionnie Briem climb into limo to next location of their blind date. (Rick Nocon)

’Twas the night before New Year’s Eve a decade ago when PACIFIC’s first blind date appeared in the magazine’s inaugural publication, the January 2007 issue (check out 120 covers to celebrate 10 years). Ten years and 120 blind dates later, this evening’s blind daters will take a trip back in time, visiting the sights and sites where it all began.

Bri and Pearce met about half an hour ago in the Epic Limo that’s about to drop them off at Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa, the backdrop for PACIFIC’s first cover shoot. Before they arrive for a sunset sail on Mission Bay, let’s review the pre-date interviews.

 

PACIFIC: Where are you from and where do you live now?

BRI: I’m a global local, or for lack of words, a “military brat.” Currently residing in sunny San Diego.

PEARCE: Born in Atlanta, raised in Missoula, Montana. Now I am a resident of North Park, after eight years in Vegas.

 

What do you do for a living?

BRI: Pour alcoholic beverages and listen to people’s life stories.

PEARCE: Marketing scientist and managing partner for Clique Hospitality — currently building three venues at the new Pendry Hotel in the Gaslamp.

 

What do you do for fun?

BRI: I enjoy doing anything outdoors and spending time with friends and family.

PEARCE: I work for fun; I love my job. I also enjoy taking my bulldog to the beach, DJ-ing, reading and getting outdoors whenever I can.

 

What are you best at?

BRI: Being sarcastic

PEARCE: Making people laugh.

Pearce Cleveland and Brionnie Briem on their sunset power boat ride around Mission Bay provided by The Catamaran Resort. (Rick Nocon)

What do you suck at?

BRI: Taking selfies

PEARCE: Making plans.

 

What are you looking for in a date, physically and/or otherwise?

BRI: Athleticism, humorous and down to earth.

PEARCE: Personality, smarts and sense of humor are the most important to me, although my friends will definitely tell you I have a “type” – blondes with names that start with “K.”

 

Describe your special brand of sex appeal in five words or less.

BRI: Athleticism, humorous and down to earth.

PEARCE: Southern gentleman meets goofy partier.

 

What do you like least about yourself?

BRI: My blunt honesty gets me into trouble

PEARCE: My receding hairline.  

Pearce Cleveland and Brionnie Briem arrive at Oceana Coastal Kitchen located inside The Catamaran Resort, their first stop of their blind date. (Rick Nocon)

Rate yourself on a scale from one to 10 for looks.

BRI: I think I’m biased on this one, so a 10.

PEARCE: I would say I am a solid 7 on a good hair day, 7.5 in a finely tailored suit, which is important.

Shrimp Ceviche at Oceana Coastal Kitchen located inside The Catamaran Resort. (Rick Nocon)

How about for personality?

BRI: My personality is even better than my looks.

PEARCE: Eleven.

 

What’s your biggest fear?

BRI: Failure.

PEARCE: Tarnishing my reputation, nightlights — the old orange ones from when I was a kid.

 

Banana Pudding at Oceana Coastal Kitchen located inside The Catamaran Resort. (Rick Nocon)

What traits could your date exhibit that would be deal-breakers?

BRI: If he spent time on his phone during our date. I hate when people aren’t present in the moment.

PEARCE: Rudeness towards waiters, super-picky eaters, weird eyebrows, inability to handle her liquor.

 

How many people have you slept with?

BRI: Define “slept.”

PEARCE: I know the number exactly, 51, and I could probably still write down all of their names from memory.

 

Fill in the blanks: I want my blind date to be “blank” and “blank.”

BRI: Funny and easy on the eyes

PEARCE: Smart and funny.

 

What’s the most important thing in the world?

BRI: My family and my dog.

PEARCE: Happiness. And naps.

Pearce Cleveland and Brionnie Briem on their sunset power boat ride around Mission Bay provided by The Catamaran Resort. (Rick Nocon)

As their limo drops them off at Catamaran Resort, Bri and Pearce walk through the hotel to the dock that served as the location for PACIFIC’s January 2007 cover shoot. Next, they board a small boat at Action Sport Rentals and cruise Mission Bay.

As the sun sets, and the frigid (mid-50s) winter wind blows across the water, the couple returns to terra firma and heads inside Oceana for a seafood-forward waterfront dining experience.

As ocean-inspired fish dishes emerge from the kitchen, Bri and Pearce appear to be each other’s catch of the day. They’re sitting close and laughing without a break as sushi, scallops and ceviche arrive at the table.

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