By David Perloff / Photos by Brevin Blach
'Tis some weeks 'til Christmas, and all over town, jingle bells are ringing. It's time to get down. Looking for love at the end of the year, two daters succumb to the holiday cheer. So the story begins, it's happening live. Let's preview the couple before they arrive.
PacificSD: Where are you from and where do you live now?
CAYLIN: San Luis Obispo, or more specifically Pismo Beach, California - which is not NorCal, for anyone that's wondering - but I've lived in San Diego since 2008.
BRAD: I grew up in Orange County, in a city called Garden Grove. Yes, like the Sublime song. I moved down to San Diego and fell in love and currently live in North Pacific Beach.
What do you do for a living?
CAYLIN: I'm an ER Nurse, but I'm also currently working on my Master's in Nursing and my MBA.
BRAD: I am the owner and COO of my company, Luded, Inc. We host, promote and market nightlife and philanthropy events all across San Diego County. Also, I am a part-time barista at the Living Room in La Jolla.
What do you do for fun?
CAYLIN: Travel and find new delicious food or beers to try. I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to my beer, but I proudly blame that on San Diego.
BRAD: I'm a big reader. Having a good book does the trick for me, but if I'm feeling adventurous, then it's off to the mountains for some snowboarding.
What are you looking for in a date, physically and/or otherwise?
CAYLIN: Someone who has a passion for what they do in their lives and can speak to that. Physically, I'm a sucker for eyes and, sorry, but they've got to be taller than me. I'm pretty sure that rules out at least eighty-five percent of the men in the U.S. alone. That's depressing.
BRAD: Physically? I'm not too picky, just someone who's comfortable enough to wear sweats and a t-shirt in front of me and still find herself attractive. An independent, confident woman is what I find most attractive.
Describe your special brand of sex appeal in five words or less.
CAYLIN: I've got an old soul.
BRAD: Only fight the good fight.
What do you like least about yourself?
CAYLIN: I have a tendency to be pretty blunt and outspoken.
BRAD: I have really long toes.
Rate yourself on a scale from one to 10 for looks.
CAYLIN: I'd prefer to use the pediatric faces scale. Google it.
How about for personality.
CAYLIN: Seven? That's my favorite number. Hope that doesn't make me too basic.
What's your biggest fear?
CAYLIN: Inadequacy. And probably getting dementia , because it's such an intense loss of control. Plus, I would never want the people I love to think I have forgotten them.
BRAD: I hate deep water. If you're a deep-sea fisherlady, you might need to find another man to join you.
What traits could your date exhibit that would be complete deal-breakers?
CAYLIN: Inability to hold an intelligent conversation, arrogance and a sense of entitlement. Also, being rude to wait-staff or just anyone else in general, especially if they feel like it's in an effort to protect or defend me. I can defend myself, so please don't leave your manners at home.
BRAD: Any and all sorts of prejudice.
What's the most important thing in the world?
CAYLIN: Raw vulnerability and the human connection.
BRAD: Family. They're my rock.
Epic Limo's out front; the daters are here. They step inside Florent, a new place this year. They smile and talk as they check out the venue, then grab a table and look over the menu. Top Chef Rich Sweeney's fare is the tops. After they order, the couple has shots. When dinner is served, Brad has the chicken, while a nice piece of bass was hers for the pickin'.
Put it in PARQ
Back on the move, the couple's ready to groove
After the meal, it's time to move on, so Caylin stands up, and Brad comes along. Next up is Parq, the city's new spot for having a blast and a night out that's hot. It's a block away, it sure isn't far, but the limo's been paid for - it's not just some car. So the daters ride and arrive like kings, but before they go in, we ask them some things.
PacificSD: How's it going so far?
CAYLIN: Wonderfully. We got to the restaurant, and it had a beautiful atmosphere. We got seated and we immediately got an incredible glass of beer. I'm happy to find that he also enjoys craft beer like I do.
BRAD: It's going good, I like it. Awkward first vibes, as always. That's just how it goes. You never know who you're meeting on a blind date, but she was very, very personable, which was great. She kinda came on strong, and then, as the night progressed, I kinda came out of my shell.
What were your first impressions?
CAYLIN: He seemed like a very attractive guy. He was dressed very well; I liked his style.
BRAD: Tall, cute, and then after about two minutes of conversation - very, very headstrong. I like it.
Is this the type of person you'd normally date?
CAYLIN: Not particularly, but I'm very open to trying new things at all times.
BRAD: Honestly, probably not. Just because... I don't really know.
How was Florent?
CAYLIN: I liked it. We were able to sit and talk, and that was wonderful.
BRAD: We sat down, the music was good, the vibe was great, and we were handled very well.
What did you have to eat and drink?
CAYLIN: I had the sea bass; it was awesome. I really liked how it was plated. I had a Ballast Point Pale Ale as well as a glass of chardonnay and a shot of tequila, and all of them were incredible.
BRAD: I ordered the Jidori chicken, and that was excellent. She had the sea bass, which I had a piece of, which was good. I had a few shots of whiskey and about three Ballast Point beers - the Pale Ale twice and the Sculpin once.
What's the most attractive thing your date has done so far?
CAYLIN: He's very down-to-Earth. I really appreciate the fact that he comes from means, yet he knows good work ethic.
BRAD: That she is actually self-confident, she's very self-driven and she doesn't need me, which is great.
What's the least attractive thing your date has done so far?
CAYLIN: He works in the nightlife industry, which is a lot of exposure to a lot of very superficial things.
BRAD: Probably the fact that she apologizes for her sarcasm. I'm like, 'Dude, you're f**king killing it. Why are you apologizing for that shit?'
What would your parents say if you brought your date home?
CAYLIN: Probably that he is a very well brought-up gentleman.
BRAD: That she is a f**king catch, probably.
Rate your date on a scale from one to 10 for looks.
How about for personality?
CAYLIN: Nine or ten.
Do you want to kiss your date now?
CAYLIN: No, but that's because that's not what I tend to do when I first meet somebody.
Does your date want to kiss you?
CAYLIN: I don't think so.
BRAD: I don't know, we'll see how it goes.
FLORENT RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
672 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp
Darkness has a magical power... 'specially this close to the midnight hour
Once inside Parq, the couple is able to see the action from their private table. The place is bumping, the crowd's going wild. The lights are flashing, the music is dialed. As the server confirms things are all right, the camera crew heads out into the night. Then what happens? Was there a kiss? We call the next day to see what we missed.
PacificSD: How was Parq?
CAYLIN: I absolutely loved Parq. The vibe is awesome, the lighting is amazing, there are beautiful women dancing all around you and above you, and the music is on-point. What more could you want?
BRAD: The vibe was great. The production of everything was amazing. It had a ballroom feel with a new edge attached to it. The LED lighting was great and not overwhelming, the décor flowed with the theme of the place, and overall it was a great venue with good music.
How was your table?
CAYLIN: We had the best table in Parq, right above the dance floor and in front of the DJ. Immediately, our awesome hostess came to us to see what, if anything, we desired on top of our already extravagant bottle service set-up. She was awesome and made sure we never ran out of something to drink, that's for sure.
BRAD: Our booth was front-and-center, with a perfect view of the DJ and dance floor. It felt like everything was centered around us, and I had an absolute blast. The staff was engaging and willing to have fun with us while keeping us comfortable with everything we needed. The booth was a perfect place to have fun and keep a sense of seclusion as well.
Where did you go and what did you do for the rest of the evening after Parq?
CAYLIN: I went home. I had to work the next morning at seven a.m.
BRAD: I went over to Bassmnt and celebrated Cristian Garibay's birthday with my Luded, Inc. crew. What an end to a great night.
When did you get home?
CAYLIN: Well, I don't actually know, because my phone had died, but must have been around or after one a.m.
BRAD: I didn't get home 'til well past my bedtime.
Was there a kiss or romantic exchange?
CAYLIN: With a giant robot we saw walking through the club, yes. I kind of attacked him, if it even was a 'him.'
BRAD: A gentleman does not kiss and tell.
How did the date end?
CAYLIN: Brad had to catch up with some friends and coworkers for an event-slash-birthday. He works in that scene, so I imagine it feels like he's always working. He very nicely walked me to the limo and made sure I was getting home safely.
BRAD: The date ended with Caylin getting back in the SUV, with our good buddy, Chuck [the chauffeur], taking her home.
What was the best part of the date?
CAYLIN: Hanging out with Brad. I think we are both super low-maintenance and like to have fun. So, no matter what was going on, we were able to talk, laugh and keep it light-hearted without caring what was happening or what other people might think.
BRAD: Dinner. Hands down. The conversation flowed too easily, almost as much as our drinks did.
Will there be a second date?
CAYLIN: No, but I'm not really the type to go out on dates. That's all too formal for me, and I actually like to hang out with people more casually. If he wanted to go grab a good beer sometime, I'd be down. As we found out in the limo, we actually share mutual friends, so I imagine I'll probably see him again.
BRAD: We will have to wait and see. Depends on our availability.
Who was the sexiest person you saw last night?
CAYLIN: That robot, for sure.
BRAD: There was this big gigantic robot at Parq.
What's one thing your date should know before going on another date?
CAYLIN: Keep telling women you secretly love country. They'll eat that up coming from an attractive guy like you.
BRAD: That my work moves the usual 'Date Night' to a Tuesday or Thursday instead of a weekend deal.
What did you learn about yourself last night?
CAYLIN: I really hate posing for photographs. I get all awkward and end up purposely making funny faces like Miley Cyrus. Guess I won't be nurse-turned-model any time soon.
BRAD: That being humbled is a trait that I accept with open arms.
Mistletoe, mistletoe, dubya tee eff? We hoped for some sizzle, but then she just left. She gave him an "eight" and a "nine or 10," but he split for Bassmnt to party with friends. He's into nightlife, she works as a nurse. It ended dull; but it coulda been worse. So Twenty- Fourteen may end with a bang, but that'll be New Year's - last night was no thang. Thanks for nada Santa, you didn't bring luck. All we asked for was a good X-mas f... fire truck, for the kids.
PARQ RESTAURANT & NIGHTCLUB
615 Broadway, Downtown