Blind Ambitions


As PacificSD closes the books on a seventh year of blind dates, here’s a look back at January through November’s adventures of the heart.

None of this year’s would-be romantic interludes have spawned marriages or children (yet, that we know of ), but another blind date couple is indeed getting married next April (the first was in September 2009). Stay tuned for details.


? = a kiss (or more) or second date (or a promise thereof )

? = hot mess

? = neutral

? January 2013: Dinner at RA Sushi in the Gaslamp; tequila tasting at The Blind Burro in East Village.

ERICA: I’m having fun. He’s really nice. He’s very outgoing and
personable, so we’re having a good time.
IVAN: Gorgeous legs, pretty smile. Definitely a little reserved, but
that’s probably the way she grew up. Very sweet.

PacificSD: Will there be a second date?
ERICA: I think so. We had a fun time.
IVAN: We will see.

? February 2013: Appetizers and drinks at Herringbone; perfume-making at Tijon; dinner at Cusp (all in La Jolla).

LESLIE: He’s the type of guy I would want to date, because he has everything I’m looking for.
ERIC: She’s smart, she’s independent, she’s kind of entrepreneurial like me, so that’s a good thing.

PacificSD: Does your date want to kiss you right now?
LESLIE: Absolutely.
ERIC: Yes. What if I said that I already had?

[Editor’s note: Watch for Eric on an upcoming episode of Bravo TV’s Millionaire Matchmaker.]

? March 2013: Dinner and drinks at Luce; Salvador Santana concert at The Griffin (both in Bay Park).

LIZ: He’s handsome, which is good. And friendly.
MURPHI: Very pretty girl. Wasn’t shy, really complemented my style... It was a good rapport from the start.

PacificSD: Was there a kiss or romantic exchange?
LIZ: Bear hug.
MURPHI: I couldn’t let Liz get away without giving her a sample. So, yes, we had a slight exchange of salivary fluids.

? April 2013: Science and cocktails at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park; dinner at Davanti Enoteca in Little Italy.

ALYSSA: I think I had more chemistry with the science exhibits.
JAMIE: She was tall. I was shorter than her, but she was also in heels. But she was very pretty and very nice, very sincere and everything.

PacificSD: Is this the type of person you’d normally date?
ALYSSA: No, he’s too young for me. I typically date older guys... four years, or more, older.
JAMIE: She seemed very nice and wasn’t on her phone the whole time like a lot of girls are, so that was cool.

? May 2013: Failing to cross the border into Mexico; dinner and mariachis at Cafe Coyote in Old Town.

LAURA: No kiss and not an ounce of romance.
NATHAN: I usually go for exotic girls... like, not white.

PacificSD: What was the worst part of the date?
LAURA: Acting like I was interested was really tiring.
NATHAN: Probably the mutual feeling that we weren’t all that into each other.


?JUNE 2013: Wakeboarding near Coronado; late lunch at C Level on Harbor Island.

CHELSEA: First off, I noticed the tattoos, which I like. The conversation flowed really nice.
RAYMOND: Definitely the right hair color, beautiful eyes. She seemed like she was down for fun.

PacificSD: Will there be a second date?
CHELSEA: I would like to see him again, but I’m old-fashioned. I would like to go on a proper date.
RAYMOND: I think so. We’ve been in contact since the date, and it seems like there is a mutual interest in hanging out again.

? July 2013: Alpha Warrior obstacle course at Qualcomm Stadium; dinner at Brooklyn Girl in Mission Hills.

JOSEFINE: I don’t know what’s up with the nose ring. But I guess Lenny Kravitz has one, too, right?
GIOVANNI: She’s pretty and she’s feisty. I don’t know if I’m the type she’d normally date, but that’s the great thing about your show.

PacificSD: Will there be a second date?
JOSEFINE: He’s a great guy. Maybe, maybe not. Gotta keep it a mystery.
GIOVANNI: I could totally see us hanging out again. In fact, we kinda have to, because she’s got my sunglasses.

? August 2013: Skydiving at Skydive San Diego in Jamul; dinner and drinks at Wonderland Ocean Pub in Ocean Beach.

LIZZY: He’s motivated, he’s educated, open-minded. He seems like he’s definitely forward-focused, moving forward and growing.
RYAN: She has extremely dreamy eyes, a sensational laugh and is just a vivacious, fun señorita.

PacificSD: Will there be a second date?
LIZZY: I think that we’ll definitely see each other again, as friends.
RYAN: We’re planning on seeing each other at Opening Day at the races with all of our friends.

? September 2013: Fashion photo shoot in the park; clouds prevent hot air ballooning; dinner at Sea & Smoke (all in Del Mar).

TALIA: He’s really nice and funny, and has a great sense of humor... I also think he’s a little bit overly confident.
OLIVER: She’s very pretty, without a doubt, and she’s got a great body, but I like these open, overzealous girls that are hilarious and super confident in themselves.

PacificSD: What’s the most attractive thing about your date?
TALIA: I think that he actually handles himself like a true gentleman.
OLIVER: The most attractive thing she’s done so far is definitely not-wear a bra.

? October 2013: Dueling pianos (and a serenade by Arun) at The Shout! House in the Gaslamp; San Diego Music Thing concert at U31 in North Park.

JOYCE: My type is very blonde-haired, blue-eyed, corn-fed, Midwestern, plays football kind of thing.
ARUN: I don’t usually date Asians.

PacificSD: What’s the funniest thing that happened?
JOYCE: I caught a glimpse of a text message from him that said, “Asian :(.” He groveled and said he wanted to take me out again... because I’d absolutely sign up for that.
ARUN: I felt like an A-hole, but she was super cool, and we had a good laugh about it.

? November 2013: Brewery tour to Hess Brewing in North Park, Karl Strauss Brewing Company near Pacific Beach and Culture Brewing Co. in Solana Beach; dinner at Lumberyard Tavern in Encinitas.

COLETTE: He was cuter than I thought he would be. He’s the type of guy I’d usually be with.
RYAN: Colette was awesome. She’s a good-looking girl.

PacificSD: Will there be a second date?
COLETTE: Signs point to yes.
RYAN: I don’t know. I’m hoping my proposition for drinks at Applebees in El Cajon will seal the deal.



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