Photos by Brevin Blach | Matchmaker: Jessica Pelligra
As the sunset paints the sky, London and Andrew prepare to have their minds (and the rest of their bodies) blown a few feet above terra firma. The two met on a blind date that began half an hour ago and are now cruising in an Epic Limo headed to iFly, the new indoor skydiving facility in Mission Valley . Before they arrive, let's review the pre-date interviews.
PacificSD: Where are you from and where do you live now?
LONDON: Originally from Orange County and currently living in Cardiff.
ANDREW: I am from Chicago, lived downtown for over 12 years and I currently live in Little Italy.
What do you do for a living?
LONDON: I'm the Digital Director at Be Social PR, a lifestyle, fashion and beauty communications agency located in Solana Beach. I'm inspired every day by our team and the creative work we get to do.
ANDREW: I am a professional trader, author and currently am the CEO of AlphaShark.com, an options-education trading firm.
What do you do for fun?
LONDON: Hang at the beach, blog, do yoga and Pilates, bike around, grab or make food, drinks with good company, plan weekend getaways, stage Instagrams... anything that involves hanging with friends and unwinding.
ANDREW: Workout, read, write, going out with friends, but most importantly, spending time with my puppy.
What are you best at?
LONDON: Going with the flow, for the most part.
ANDREW: I would consider myself a Top Five educator of
teaching traders about equity options.
What do you suck at?
LONDON: Texting back. And math.
ANDREW: I suck at golf.
What are you looking for in a date, physically and/or otherwise?
LONDON: A fun sense of humor, laidback attitude and a nice face.
ANDREW: I am looking for someone who is smart but also intelligent, driven and passionate. Most importantly, we must be able to communicate well.
Describe your special brand of sex appeal in five words or less.
LONDON: Sex eyes.
ANDREW: Blonde, petite, tan, good teeth, in great shape. [Editor's note: is Andrew describing himself or his ideal woman?]
What do you like least about yourself?
LONDON: I can easily forget to unplug and maintain perspective after a long day.
ANDREW: I have too much energy. I am always looking for the next best thing and never happy with what I currently have.
Rate yourself on a scale from one to ten for looks.
LONDON: Eight. Maybe nine on a good day?
ANDREW: For my age, twelve. In general, eight-point-five.
Rate yourself on a scale from one to ten for personality.
ANDREW: I'm the wrong guy for most girls, but the right guy for the right girl. I'm very likable, but often confrontational.
What's your biggest fear?
LONDON: Three would be losing the people I love, getting kidnapped and losing my phone without it being backed up. ANDREW: Never having a family and children.
What traits could your date exhibit that would be deal- breakers?
LONDON: Pessimistic, unmotivated, arrogant, immature and inconsiderate.
ANDREW: Any girl who smokes, swears like a sailor or can't keep up with me drinking.
Fill in the blanks: I want my blind date to be "blank" and "blank."
LONDON: Fun and spontaneous.
ANDREW: I want my date to be hot as hell and even more fun.
Will the night end with a kiss, something more or something less?
LONDON: I could be into a kiss, if we were feelin' it.
ANDREW: Depends on how much I like her, but I give it an eighty-seven-percent chance of at least a kiss.
What's the most important thing in the world?
LONDON: Kindness and happiness.
ANDREW: Finding my better half, my partner and my equal.
iFLY San Diego
2385 Camino Del Rio North, Mission Valley
When they arrive at iFly, London and Andrew head inside, change into jumpsuits and watch a pre-flight training video while other indoor skydivers practice freefall inside a vertical wind tunnel. With some prodding, London agrees to fly first.
Assisted by an instructor who controls her flight as she gains her balance, she manages to fly alone within moments of stepping into the chamber. After about 15 minutes, it's Andrew's turn. He, too, accomplishes unfettered flight (sans instructor Brandon's supporting hands) with apparent ease.
WALKING ON AIR
And looking for common ground
Once back in civilian clothes, London and Andrew head to Waypoint Public in North Park, where they talk and laugh over beers and food for about an hour. Next, they jump back into the limo for the quick ride to Park & Rec in University Heights . When they arrive 15 minutes later, they're wearing different clothes.
After heading inside and ordering a round of drinks, the couple is split for mid-date debriefings.
PacificSD: How's it going so far?
LONDON: Really well.
ANDREW: I would say well.
What were your first impressions?
LONDON: He is pretty cute; not my type, usually, but pretty cute. He seemed ready to have fun with it and make it a good time.
ANDREW: I thought it was a very unique and interesting name, and she laughs a lot, so I like that.
Is this the type of person you'd normally date?
LONDON: Not normally. He's a little "City Boy" for me.
ANDREW: Probably not. A little too young, a little too green.
What do you think of the way your date is dressed?
LONDON: He's dressed really well. Again, kinda "City Boy" with the belt and watch, but dressed well. We had an outfit change.
ANDREW: Like a six-point-five out of ten? It's appropriate, but it's not my style.
How was the iFLY experience?
LONDON: I expected to get motion sick and I didn't. It was a lot of fun and went by faster than I thought it would - super fun.
ANDREW: I thought it was awesome and really fun. I'd definitely go back.
What did you think of Waypoint Public?
LONDON: The vibe was really comfortable and laidback, but still fun and bustling. Everything we ate was really good. I want to go back.
ANDREW: It was a great time. We did shots and had some great mixed drinks as well.
What did you have to eat and drink there?
LONDON: Lost Abbey Avant Garde Ale to drink; and then we shared the pretzel bites with IPA beer cheese to start - soooo good; a burger, I forget which one, I made him choose; and the grilled cheese and tomato basil soup. Super filling, but worth it.
ANDREW: We split a burger and the grilled cheese. We also got the pretzel bites, which were real good. I usually never eat like that, but, when in Rome.
What's the most attractive thing your date has done so far?
LONDON: Piggyback-carry me to the limo after Waypoint Public.
ANDREW: She laughs a lot, and I talk a lot, so that's a pretty good combination. I think our chemistry, personality-wise, is way better than my physical attraction to her.
How about the least attractive thing?
LONDON: He kinda hustled the limo to where we were; we got lost a bit. A little edgy and impatient with getting to where we are.
ANDREW: I don't think she's done anything that's unattractive.
What would your parents say if you brought your date home?
LONDON: They would be into him, I think. He's not who I usually go for, so my mom would be a little surprised, but they would like him.
ANDREW: They'd probably ask her twenty-one questions and be like, "Too young, too green."
Rate your date on a scale from one to ten for looks.
ANDREW: Six and three quarters.
How about for personality?
Do you want to kiss your date now?
ANDREW: Already did. It was in the limo; it was pretty nice. It's been a very good date.
Does your date want to kiss you?
LONDON: Yeah, I think so.
3794 30th St., North Park
When the sky's the limit, memories can be cloudy
Inside Park & Rec, when their cocktails, shots and tater tots arrive, London and Andrew are finally left alone to enjoy the rest of their evening away from the camera crew. The next morning, we call to see what we missed.
How was Park & Rec?
LONDON: Darker and louder [than Waypoint Public], in a good way. We didn't explore the outdoor area much, but it looked really cool.
ANDREW: I don't remember it very much, but I think it was fun.
What did you have to eat and drink there?
LONDON: A few, mostly tequila, cocktails. I was really full by that point, but tried to nibble. They brought out some gourmet tater tots, which were really good.
ANDREW: More drinks. They had some great specialty drinks.
Where did you go and what did you do for the rest of the evening after Park & Rec?
LONDON: Picked up champagne and hung out in the lobby at Andrew's place.
ANDREW: After the date was over, we stopped at a liquor store and bought a bottle of champagne and drove around. It was great getting to know her a little better.
Describe the experience in the limo.
LONDON: I had a nice solo ride down from North County to relax and get a little buzz going. It was fun. And the driver, Juan, was really nice all night.
ANDREW: That was the best part, because we got some alone time.
When did you get home?
Was there a kiss or romantic exchange?
LONDON: Yeah, there was a kiss.
ANDREW: There was a romantic exchange, obviously.
How and when did the date end?
LONDON: It was getting late for a school night, so I headed out around 1:30.
ANDREW: Since we only had the limo until midnight, we finished the champagne at my place. And then, as a gentleman, I called her an Uber that took her up north.
Fill in the blanks. I wish my date had a bigger "blank" and a smaller "blank."
LONDON: Bigger muscles - just kidding - and a smaller number of flashy Instagram photos. The Rolex collection is quite impressive, though.
ANDREW: I wish my date had a bigger... nothing I can think of and a smaller ass.
What's the funniest thing that happened during the date?
LONDON: Probably getting suited up and into the really attractive goggles and helmets for skydiving, then trying to talk with earplugs in.
ANDREW: I don't remember anything too funny. The date basically consisted of me talking the whole time and London laughing.
What was the best part of the date?
LONDON: I don't know, I laughed a lot the whole night.
ANDREW: The limo ride after we left Park & Rec. I can't get into too many details, but that is one for the ages.
What was the worst part?
LONDON: Being too full to eat as many tater tots as I would have liked. That was a huge bummer.
ANDREW: I think I was expecting her to be a little hotter, but our personalities meshed and we got along very well.
Will there be a second date?
LONDON: Maybe if I bumped into him downtown. The Leo- plus-Leo combo isn't exactly ideal. Plus, I think he's moving soon.
ANDREW: It's possible. We live very far apart.
What's one thing your date really should know before going on another date?
LONDON: It might be better not to mention your spray tan and ex right off the bat.
ANDREW: To not try to keep up with my drinking, because I am tough competition.
What could have made this date better?
LONDON: If we had a little more in common. But, overall, he was a gentleman and really sweet. He made it fun, and we
had a good time.
ANDREW: I was attracted to her, but if I had to say anything, maybe a little hotter and a little older. She was a little "green."
What did you learn about yourself last night?
LONDON: I need a lot more practice before becoming a professional skydiver.
ANDREW: I have known this for a while: when I can talk, it's game over. Doesn't matter if it's an interview, date or business meeting.
Park & Rec
4612 Park Blvd., University Heights
AFTERMATCH: Last night's blind date had its ups and downs. London and Andrew had a romantic connection, a limo-based affair Andrew characterized as "one for the ages," which was an obvious up. But Andrew gave London a "six and three quarters" for looks and said she was "too young, too green," which is kind of a downer... unless you're Kermit the Frog.
London said, "He's a little 'City Boy' for me," then revealed wanting to kiss him (having already done so), despite perhaps preferring a more covert spray- on hue. While the concept of these two as a couple probably wouldn't fly, their story may still have a happy ending: Andrew has rediscovered a fondness, dare we say love, for himself.
"I have known this for a while," he said. "When I can talk, it's game over."
"Blonde, petite, tan, good teeth, in great shape." For any single guy or gal out on the town, three or four outta five ain't bad... unless you're talking about skydiving.