Hire Learning

By David Perloff / Photos by Brevin Blach

When Mike began working at PacificSD two weeks ago, "Blind date with hot chick" wasn't listed among his employment benefits. It's more like a perk.

Jourdan manages a business that advertises with PacificSD. The company's multimedia campaign includes print ads, Social Media and e-mail marketing, not blind dates with sales guys. Perhaps an evening with Mike could be considered a "gift with purchase"? Time will tell.

These two blind daters met half an hour ago in the Epic Limo that picked them up from their respective homes in Pacific Beach. Before they arrive at Avenue, the cool new bar on Garnet, let's review the pre-date interviews.

PacificSD: What do you do for a living?

JOURDAN

: I am the general manager at Float Sanctuary, a sensory deprivation tank center in Bankers Hill.

MIKE

: I sell advertising for the greatest media company on the planet.

What do you do for fun?

JOURDAN

: Food and drinks with good company; I could do that morning, noon and night.

MIKE

: Beach volleyball, hiking and surfing - and drag racing in my 1988 Mercedes sedan.

What are you best at?

JOURDAN

: Adapting to my environment and getting along with people.

MIKE

: Making people laugh.

What do you suck at?

JOURDAN

: Thinking before I speak - no filter.

MIKE

: Staying out of the clouds.

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

JOURDAN

: Tall, handsome, genuine and funny.

MIKE

: Personality, someone I can joke with and have fun.

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

JOURDAN

: Funny, weird, easy on the eyes.

MIKE

: Not as dumb as rocks.

What do you like least about yourself?

JOURDAN

: How much I stress about natural disasters.

MIKE

: My teeth.

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

JOURDAN

: Nine-point-nine-nine.

MIKE

: A couple dozen.

How about for personality?

JOURDAN

: Ten.

MIKE

: Twelve.

What's your biggest fear?

JOURDAN

: Being covered in bugs.

MIKE

: Not succeeding.

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

JOURDAN

: Smokes cigarettes or wants to be an actor or model.

MIKE

: Bubble-gum popping, constant phone-checking and the inability to hold a conversation.

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

JOURDAN

: Fun and hung.

MIKE

: Fun and easygoing.

Will the night end with a kiss, something more or something less?

JOURDAN

: A kiss. If they are a bad kisser, there won't be a second date.

MIKE

: A kiss would be nice.

What's the most important thing in the world?

JOURDAN

: Water.

MIKE

: Contentment.

It's Friday night, and Avenue will be jammin' in a couple hours. For now, the vibe is chill, creating a more intimate atmosphere for the couple to get acquainted.

Jourdan and Mike arrive and order drinks from the main bar. They appear to be getting along well, laughing up a storm and showing signs of physical attraction/affection as they move around the bar to pose for pics. After a second round of cocktails by the heat lamps on the front patio, a great vantage point for watching the mounting action along Garnet Avenue, they jump back in the limo for a ride up the coast.

Next stop: dinner at Del Mar's new Cucina Enoteca, a beautiful two-level restaurant and wine store, and the sister restaurant of the Bankers Hill smash hit Cucina Urbana. As the daters arrive and take a seat in the first-floor dining room, the place is abuzz to say the least. The tables are full, the bar is bustling, and post-dinner patrons are shopping for wine to-go.

THANK YOU!
Epic Limo
858.270.LIMO (5466), epiclimo.com

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Slice of Heaven

The perfect amount of spice - on the date and Cucina Enoteca's pizza

Jourdan and Mike talk over food and drinks for about an hour. After the meal, they select candles for each other from Cucina Enoteca's wine store gift shop, and then return to the limo for the ride to Shelter in Encinitas. Before heading inside to experience the new place that's been heating up the North County nightlife scene, they're split for mid-date debriefings.

PacificSD: How's it going so far?

JOURDAN

: It's going really well. We're both having a good time; we both have really big, out-there personalities, so we get along really well.

MIKE

: It's good. We're having fun and laughing a lot. She smells really good.

What were your first impressions?

JOURDAN

: He's really entertaining and a really good person. I wanted taller, and he's not, but that's fine, because you shouldn't be superficial.

MIKE

: "Holy sh!t, this chick's hot."

Is this the type of person you'd normally date?

JOURDAN

: No, but maybe that's a good thing, because I date assholes.

MIKE

: Sure, if they liked me.

Is your date fun to talk with? What have you been talking about?

JOURDAN

: Very fun and interesting to talk to. We talk a lot about business because we're both very work-oriented, and what we like to do for fun because we have similar interests.

MIKE

: She's actually as funny as I am, which is really surprising. We've been talking about who we are, past, history, family. We have similar backgrounds and signs. She's a Sagittarius, and I'm a Taurus, which is apparently the Devil mix... which is totally fine with me.

What do you think of the way your date is dressed?

JOURDAN

: Very nice, I appreciate the way he's dressed. He doesn't look like a scrub, well put together, not too fancy, didn't make me feel over- or underdressed.

MIKE

: Provocative as sh!t. Geezus, she was making a statement tonight.

 How was Avenue?

JOURDAN

: Avenue is cool. I like that the vibe is different than most bars in P.B. - seems like something you'd see maybe in North Park, but with the P.B. crowd.

MIKE

: Avenue is a great addition to the Pacific Beach bar scene. We got there early, so it wasn't packed yet, which was nice for the beginning of a date. It made it easy to get to know each other.

How was dinner at Cucina Enoteca?

JOURDAN

: Very nice, urban-style Italian restaurant. I really enjoyed the vibe and environment. Ate some lovely Margherita pizza and the tapenade appetizer - all delicious.

MIKE

: Nice atmosphere, it felt like the perfect mix of casual and upscale. We had artichoke tapenade that was really delicious. And Margherita pizza, which Jourdan admitted in the limo she would have eaten more of, but she was embarrassed to stuff her face.

What's the most attractive thing your date has done so far?

JOURDAN

: Very gentlemanly, pulls out my chairs, orders for us, just takes the man role in the dynamic. I hate having to take control since I take control every day in my business life.

MIKE

: Swept back her hair and smiled at me.

What's the least attractive thing?

JOURDAN

: Talking about past relationships, because I don't do that.

MIKE

: Snorted when she laughed, but that was still kinda hot.

What would your parents say if you brought your date home?

JOURDAN

: They'd probably get along with him. My dad's a big talker, he's an attorney, so they'd probably get along really well.

MIKE

: My dad would pat me on the back and say, "You're doing God's work." My mom would say, "Do those things come with insurance?"

Rate your date on a scale from one to 10 for looks.

JOURDAN

: Eight or nine.

MIKE

: She's a nine, easily.

How about for personality?

JOURDAN

: Ten.

MIKE

: Seven or eight.

Do you want to kiss your date now?

JOURDAN

: I'm always down for a good kiss.

MIKE

: Sure.

Does your date want to kiss you?

JOURDAN

: I'd say so.

MIKE

: Maybe.

THANK YOU!
Avenue
1060 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach
858.263.4514, facebook.com/avenuepb

Cucina Enoteca
2730 Via De La Valle, Del Mar
858.704.4500, cucinaenoteca.com

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Ceiling The Deal

A kiss at a bar with a retractable roof

After the mid-date break, Jourdan and Mike head inside Shelter and sit in a VIP booth by the DJ. They're both being hands-on (so to speak) when the magazine crew snaps final photos, and then finally leaves them alone to enjoy the rest of their evening away from the camera. The next morning, we call to see what we missed.

PacificSD: How was Shelter?

JOURDAN

: Really cool; it was definitely poppin' while we were there. I really like the woodwork they did in there - definitely felt like a cool, modern shelter.

MIKE

: Very cool spot. We had a great vantage point on the action from the VIP booth.

What happened after the magazine crew left you alone?

JOURDAN

: Hit up one more bar in P.B.

MIKE

: We headed back to P.B. and had a drink at Tavern. Love that place.

When did you get home?

JOURDAN

: I believe a little before one a.m.

MIKE

: One a.m.-ish.

Was there a kiss or romantic exchange?

JOURDAN

: We were both having a lot of fun, so of course there was a kiss.

MIKE

: There was a kiss.

What was the best part of the date?

JOURDAN

: Having fun and experiencing some cool new places. My date was definitely a gentleman, so I really appreciated that.

MIKE

: Laughing, we did a lot of laughing.

What should your date know before going on another date?

JOURDAN

: Don't bring up past relationships on a first date.

MIKE

: She is much more than just her looks.

What two things would you change about your date to make the person a better fit for you?

JOURDAN

: Much taller. Six-foot is good; six-foot-two or taller, and I'm one happy camper.

MIKE

: I'm Old School, so more clothes are better. I like to leave some things to the imagination.

Will there be a second date?

JOURDAN

: We agreed to be friends.

MIKE

: Maybe. She said she wanted to be friends, but the way she kissed and... well, let's just say the way she kissed me might suggest friends with benefits.

AFTERMATCH: Last night's blind date was something of a personality test for Mike, one he passed with flying colors (by PacificSD's standards, anyway). He pulled out Jourdan's chair, made her laugh and, in her words, acted "very gentlemanly." Whether he lived up to her stringent requirements, to be "fun and hung," is hard to say.

Before the date, Jourdan said that if a guy is a bad kisser, "there won't be a second date." After the date, the relationship somehow landed in the "friends" (or "friends with benefits") zone. Whether it was the kiss or something else that made things turn south, one thing is clear: Mike didn't close the deal on a second date.

Anyone looking for a job? Mike's desk just became vacant...

THANK YOU!
Shelter
540 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas
shelterencinitas.com

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