“My Best Blind Date”

Think this kind of fix-up won’t work? Then check out these true tales and become a believer that lightning can strike!

By Chelsea Kaplan

hough you may groan at the thought of being set up on a blind date, in some instances, this can be just what the love doctor ordered. Believe it or not, for these single people, a blind date revealed their Prince — or Princess — Charming. Think blind dates aren’t for you? Let these success stories assure you that it’s possible to find love when you let someone else play Cupid.

Grandmother knows best
“When I turned 30, my grandma, with whom I am very close, became
“I almost fainted. He was drop-dead gorgeous!”
paranoid that I’d never get married, like 30 is over the hill or something. Just to quiet her, I agreed to go out with the grandson of a friend of hers she claimed was ‘a very handsome lawyer.’ I, however, was certain he would be a total loser and couldn’t believe I agreed to the date. My friends and I joked about it for the weeks leading up to the date, and I had extremely low expectations. When he came to pick me up, I almost fainted; he was drop-dead gorgeous. During the date I also found out he was very intelligent, well-educated and loves Woody Allen movies as much as I do. We had a great dinner, even better conversation—and there was a definite spark. We kept seeing each other after that, and each date was better than the next. We just got engaged about a month ago, and of course my grandma takes all the credit!”
—Joy, 30, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

A slam-dunk date
“I recently had a blind date who, when we were planning the date, said she could get us tickets to a Lakers game if I wanted to go. I was totally stoked, because I’m a huge Lakers fan. As if just going to the game wasn’t cool enough, she was able to get courtside seats through her job at a big-time talent agency, and we sat right next to Jack Nicholson! It was incredible! Not only was the game a blast, but she was really cool, too. I had an awesome night, and there was no denying I wanted to go out with her again.”
—Erik, 32, Culver City, CA

A little piece of home
“I was once fixed up on a blind date about a month after I moved to New York City from my native New Orleans. I wasn’t really excited about it because I was pretty homesick and having a difficult time adjusting to the hustle and bustle of the city. I think I was in kind of a depressed state when I agreed to the date, so when Brian called
“We wound up sitting next to Jack Nicholson—it was a great date.”
me to plan it, I barely spoke to him and just told him to pick a place and then pick me up around 8 p.m. That night, he showed up at my door and said, ‘I hope this is OK—I am a huge fan of Cajun food, so I was thinking we’d go to this wonderful Cajun restaurant that has a Zydeco band and everything.’ OK? I almost started crying, I was so happy! Had he somehow picked up on my homesickness? We had a fantastic night, and it turned out we had all sorts of other things in common as well. We’ve been together for nearly a year since that date.”
—Amelia, 27, New York, NY

Sunday fun-day
“I was set up on a blind date by my brother, who wanted me to meet a girl he worked with. I asked her to brunch on Sunday, thinking that would be a nice option for a first date. She agreed, but seemed to hesitate a bit before agreeing to that plan. I didn’t think much of it, but noticed again when I picked her up that she didn’t seem too excited to be going for brunch. When I finally asked her what was up, she said, ‘I’m sorry, this probably sounds so stupid, but I really want to go watch the Eagles game!’ I was thrilled because I love football too, but I didn’t want her to think I was one of those guys who wanted to only watch football on Sundays. We bagged brunch and went to a sports bar and had a great date, and many more after that!”
—Todd, 32, Willow Grove, PA

Dating in the fast lane
“The night before my blind date with Craig, he phoned to tell me he had wrecked his car the day before and said he had to buy another one as soon as possible, because he needed one for work. We had planned to see a movie, but he asked me if I wouldn’t mind car shopping with him instead. It didn’t sound too exciting to me, but I agreed anyway because I didn’t have anything better to do. Well, it turned out that Craig likes really nice cars and has the money to afford them, so we went out test-driving some seriously nice vehicles—we’re talking Ferraris and Lamborghinis as well as Mercedes and Porsche convertibles! It was definitely a bit of a fantasy date, especially when we drove off the lot in a brand new Porsche! It was the most fun I had had in a long time.”
—Linda, 30, Larchmont, NY

Chelsea Kaplan is a senior editor at Her blog, “I’m Somebody’s Mother?” can be found at

For the other side of this story, read My worst blind date.

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