Blind date: In for a ride

Photos and video by David Brooks 
Matchmaking by Jessica Pelligra 

San Diego is famous for being one of the few places in the world where board-sport enthusiasts can hit the waves and slopes in the same day. But for those inexperienced in the snow, there’s Adventure Ski & Snowboard School in Encinitas. That’s where blind daters Terry and Amber are heading after just meeting in the Epic Limo that picked them up. Before they arrive in North County, though, let's review their pre-date interviews.

PACIFIC: Where are you from and where do you live now?
AMBER
: I was born and raised in Gallup, New Mexico. I now live in San Diego.
TERRY: I grew up in Del Mar, and I currently live in Del Mar.

What do you do for a living?
AMBER
: I am co-owner of a gym called Convoy Strength. I'm also a powerlifting coach.
TERRY: I’m in Internet marketing and own a large health and wellness community online (gymjunkies.com).

Why are you going on a blind date for PACIFIC Magazine?
AMBER
: A friend convinced me to, because I never go out.
TERRY: I believe you should always try new things and keep an open mind. Who knows what will happen.

What do you do for fun?
AMBER
: I like to lift and play video games and laugh at myself.
TERRY: I’m very active. I enjoying weightlifting, running, boxing, surfing and hanging out with my friends on the weekends.

What are you best at?
AMBER
: Telling jokes.
TERRY: I’d like to think I’m a good marketer and generally pretty good at sports.

What do you suck at?
AMBER
: Telling jokes. It's hit or miss.
TERRY: (Laughs) Plenty of things.

What are you looking for in a date, physically and/or otherwise?
AMBER
: Free food. A girl's gotta eat. Oh, and someone who understands my sarcasm.
TERRY: Physically, I tend to like athletic girls. Mentally, they have to be stimulating, have goals, good morals and ambition.

Describe your special brand of sex appeal in five words or less.
AMBER
: Sex. Appeals. Have. Certain. Brands?
TERRY: Driven, sensitive, loyal. 

What do you like least about yourself?
AMBER
: I'm too competitive.
TERRY: I heard I’m a sh**ty communicator. (Laughs) I’m working on that.

Rate yourself on a scale from one to 10 for looks.
AMBER
: On a good day ... a 10 from 10 feet away.
TERRY: (Laughs) I don’t even feel comfortable saying this. I think other people should rate you.

Rate yourself on a scale from one to 10 for personality.
AMBER
: 6.9.
TERRY: (Laughs) Same as above.

What’s your biggest fear?
AMBER
: Someone not laughing at my jokes.
TERRY: Not living up to my potential in life.

What traits might your date exhibit that would be complete deal-breakers?
AMBER
: When they don't respect women.
TERRY: Being lazy, not mentally stimulating or rude to other people.

How many people have you slept with?
AMBER
: All of them ... just kidding. None of them. ’Cause I'm always woke. Get it? ‘Cause woke is the opposite of sleep?
TERRY: No comment.

Fill in the blanks: I want my blind date to be “blank” and “blank.”
AMBER
: I want my blind date to be blind and deaf. That way they don't have to see me or hear me talk.
TERRY: Sweet and stimulating.

Will the night end with a kiss, something more or something less?
AMBER
: I don't kiss and tell.
TERRY: If there is a connection, maybe. I guess I’ll have to wait and see.

What’s the most important thing in the world?
AMBER
: Money and bitches — my dogs and money to feed my dogs.
TERRY: Your family, your beliefs and your friends.

The carpeted slope at Adventure Ski & Snowboard School is like an oversized conveyor belt that’s helped countless locals learn to carve. After strapping on their boots and going over some quick safety tips with an expert instructor, Amber and Terry are ready to ride.

PLAYING HOUSE

Drinking and dining at North County’s new foodie haven

Terry’s been snowboarding a few times before, but for Amber this is all brand new. He is sweet and attentive and waits for his date to get comfortable before progressing to the next phase of their lesson.

While a typical trip down a mountain takes around five minutes, the daters cruise on the magic carpet nonstop for more than half an hour. By the end of their lesson, both Amber and Terry are satisfied with their skills and have worked up an appetite. Terry and Amber spend a few minutes freshening up before they return to the limo for a quick ride to the next stop — dinner at Open House Food + Drink in Encinitas.

Instead of sitting across from one another, the daters cozy up next to each other at a secluded table. After they've had a chance to order appetizers and drinks, we split them up for mid-date debriefings.

PACIFIC: How’s it going so far?
AMBER
: It’s going good.
TERRY: It’s going pretty good.

What were your first impressions of your date?
AMBER
: I liked his bun — his man bun.
TERRY: She’s a little quiet, but nice and easy to get along with. I’m having a pretty good time.

Is this the type of person you’d normally date?
AMBER
: No, actually. I don’t really date much. So, I don’t really have a type.
TERRY: I don’t know, maybe? I guess I would have to get to know her better.

What do you think of the way your date is dressed?
AMBER
: Good.
TERRY: Well, we thought we were going to be in the snow, but it doesn’t matter because I’m kind of casual. I don’t really care.

How are you enjoying Open House?
AMBER
: The drinks are good — really good. And I like how there’s two different menus, I love the Asian style stuff, but I also want contemporary. So, it’s really good. I like it.
TERRY: It’s pretty good. I like it. Food was good. Drinks were good. We ordered some fancy whiskey drink.

How was your experience at Adventure Ski & Snowboard School?
AMBER
: It was fun. It took me awhile to get the hang of it. It was my first time on a snowboard.

TERRY: It was a lot of fun. Actually, the carpet is much different from the snow and you have to be a little more graceful than you are in the snow, because it’s not as forgiving. I would go back, for sure.

What’s the most attractive thing your date has done so far?
AMBER
: I think that we just click outside of what we are interested in, so we were talking about AI technology and stuff. So it was fun. He’s really nice.
TERRY: I think just kind of being herself. I don’t want to say mellow, but just kind of natural.

What’s the least attractive thing your date has done so far?
AMBER
: Nothing. 
TERRY: I don’t think she’s done anything unattractive.

Rate your date on a scale from 1 to 10 for looks.
AMBER
: I don’t know. That’s so weird. I don’t really care about looks. I would say he’s a 9.
TERRY: I don’t like rating people. I don’t know, an 8? 7, 8?

And for personality?
AMBER
: A 9.
TERRY: I think she’s starting to open up, so I’d say a 7 or 8 … Couple more drinks… God knows I need a couple drinks too.

What’s your date’s most attractive quality?
AMBER
: Physically, I like his hair.
TERRY: Her overall appearance. She’s in shape and clearly takes care of herself. She’s put together.

What’s your date’s least attractive quality?
AMBER
: He needs to make more jokes. He needs to be funny.
TERRY: I just don’t know her, so I don’t really have a comment.

Do you want to kiss your date right now?
AMBER
: Not yet.
TERRY: I don’t know. We’ll see how the date goes.

Does your date want to kiss you?
AMBER
: I don’t know.
TERRY: I have no idea.

How and when will the date end?
AMBER
: I have no idea. We’ll see, with a couple more drinks. TBD.
TERRY: How will it end? I can’t answer that either. Only time will tell … Couple drinks. 

Anything you’d like to add?
AMBER
: This experience is really fun, because I’ve never done anything like this before. I never go out, so it’s a great way to explore San Diego and everything that it offers, and also a great chance to meet new people.
TERRY: I think it was cool. At the end of the day, you’ve got to keep an open mind, just try different things, and you never know. You don’t have anything to lose. You might as well do it.

DOWN HILL FROM HERE

Once their entrees arrive, the daters are left alone to enjoy the rest of their evening. We follow up with them the next morning to find out what we missed. PACIFIC: How was your experience and dinner at Open House Food + Drink?
AMBER
: It was really nice, we had a lot of good food and a lot of good drinks.
TERRY: It was fun, it was a good time.

What did you eat and drink there?
AMBER: I ordered the wine and whiskey, and then I asked the lady to make me a really pretty drink. I don’t remember what it was called. I think it was something with lemongrass. And then I had tacos, mac ‘n’ cheese and we had poke with some stir fry.
TERRY: I had an Asian dish with noodles and a whiskey drink that they had on the menu.

Where did you go and what did you do for the rest of the evening after dinner?

AMBER: We went to go grab some frozen yogurt, and then we hung out at his place with his roommate for a little bit. We watched a little bit of TV and then I went home.
TERRY: We decided to go to Swirlz, a frozen yogurt place and hung out. And then that was it.

When did you get home?

AMBER: Like 9:30 or 10 o’clock. I don’t remember.
TERRY: Probably like 9, maybe?

Was there a kiss or romantic exchange?

AMBER: There was a hug and we exchanged numbers.
TERRY: There was a polite hug at the end, and that was about it.

How and when did the date end exactly?

AMBER: After we went to his place, around 9:30. I had to go home. I had work to do.
TERRY: Yeah, we exchanged numbers, and then she took off.

Fill in the blanks. I wish my date had a bigger “blank” and a smaller “blank.”

AMBER: A bigger man bun and smaller biceps.
TERRY: I don’t even know what to say to that.

What’s the funniest thing that happened during the date?

AMBER: There were a lot of funny times. I think when he biffed it pretty hard on the snowboard.
TERRY: Probably when she said she wanted to make sure I wasn’t a serial killer (laughs).  

What was the best part of the date and why?

AMBER: Hanging out afterwards, because we felt like we didn’t have to put on too much of a show. It was nice to hang out and meet his roommate and everything.
TERRY: Probably dinner, or boarding was fun. Both were equally fun.

What was the worst part of the date and why?

AMBER: We thought we lost the driver (laughs), but we found him.
TERRY: We almost went to Oceanside, but thank God I knew where the place was, so I reverted us back to Encinitas. 

Will there be a second date? Why or why not?

AMBER: I don’t know. I guess we’ll find out.
TERRY: I don’t know, maybe? I guess that would probably require a follow up. So, to be continued. 

What’s one thing your date really should know before going on another date?

AMBER: Don’t take so long getting ready. (Editor’s note: Rumor has it that Terry took a while getting to the limo to meet his date.)
TERRY: I don’t know. I think she probably got a pretty good idea about me, I hope.

What could have made this date better?

AMBER: I don’t know. It was really nice.
TERRY: I feel like it went pretty smooth. Maybe a longer time getting to know someone?   

Anything else you’d like to add?
AMBER: I think it was really great to explore San Diego. I didn’t even know they had an indoor snowboarding type of thing. It was good because I never get to go out, and the food was really delicious. I’m glad to be part of this experience.
TERRY: Like I said in the beginning, you should keep an open mind. I would recommend it to my friends. You have nothing to lose. It was a good time. I had fun.

Aftermatch: Though it seemed like the daters were heading into Netflix-and-chill territory, any warmth between them must have cooled between before the polite hug. So, while the date ended with a disappointment, we’re still holding out hope for some mattress-dancing on Mammoth Mountain.

Editor’s note: In certain cases, daters’ answers were edited for length and clarity.

Thank you and promotional consideration to:

Adventure Ski & Snowboard School
1105 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas
760.942.2188, adventureski.com

Open House Food + Drink
345 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas
760.452.2555, openhouseasiankitchen.com

Epic Limo
858.270.LIMO (5466), epiclimo.com

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