Peirce Date: “It Doesn’t Get More Romantic”

A Peirce Date it is a lovely thing where the yentas at The Thrill set two people up on a blind date at Peirce, and then we find out how it went. Hilarity ensues. Wanna go on a Peirce Date? Wanna nominate a friend? Let us know!

Matchmaker find me a find, indeed.

Last Thursday around 5:00 p.m., James Karlin ’15 and Kaitlin Graff ’12 met for the first time in Thomas Hall.

Full report after the jump!

Contestant #1: James Karlin

  1. Year: 2015

    Karlin with a close friend.

  2. Major: Classics
  3. Hometown: Los Angeles
  4. Describe yourself in terms of food: Those funny little pickled vegetables that come in tiny dishes from Japanese eateries.
  5. Ideal Date: In my friend Benji’s room. He’s nice.
  6. Best Pickup Line: I’m gonna make a judgment call and say most people don’t use pickup lines. I don’t even like talking that much.
  7. Best Lie: My dad is in the Cove…let me in.
  8. Best thing about Kenyon: The docks
  9. Worst thing about Kenyon: Baby corn
  10. In 20 years you are: Sorting things by size, type and kind.

Contestant #2: Kaitlin Graff

  1. Year: 2012   
  2. Major: Psychology
  3. Hometown: Lexington, KY
  4. Describe yourself in terms of food:  Strawberry, banana and blueberry smoothie.
  5. Ideal Date:  Peirce date, ovi.
  6. Best Pickup Line:  “Your biceps are huge. Kiss me!”
  7. Best Lie: I convinced someone I was Anne Hathaway’s sister.
  8. Best thing about Kenyon: The Gap Trail
  9. Worst thing about Kenyon: Ice on Middle Path
  10. In 20 years you are: Employed

About the date…

Graff arrived before Karlin. She seemed a bit nervous but always kept a big smile on her face. I was able to chat with Graff before the date. She tried very hard to get me to reveal who her date would be, but the only information I would reveal was that her date was a straight male Kenyon student. You may remember Karlin from Thrill Sessions with Littless. He was the dude. Graff was looking classy in a black top, jeans and ballet flats, while Karlin kept it real in a flannel.

Graff:  The date was good. We talked about traveling, movies and …. Kenyon.  We talked about experiences abroad (Ed.: Graff spent a semester in Denmark). [Karlin] told me about his trip to Israel and how he got to see the Israel soldiers and their fighting techniques. It was really interesting.

Karlin: It was okay. We talked mostly about her abroad stuff. I think she went to … Norway? No, Denmark. She said she went to like nine different countries while she was up there. Besides that we talked about the basic stuff: classes, what we do outside of class.  She said she was into Titanic. (Ed.” The 3D version was recently released in theaters.)  I’ve actually never seen it. Apparently, I have to check it out.

How about the atmosphere…

Graff: It was fine.  [Karlin] was easy to talk to. But yeah, it was just nice to meet someone new and talk to them.

Karlin: It was nice. [Graff] asked most of the questions. I expected that; I’m not a very talkative person.

How does Peirce stand up to other date locales in Gambier?

Graff: Having it be so public made it … interesting. It was different. You know, it’s Peirce. It was kinda fun to see people I know.

Karlin: Well you know, it doesn’t get more romantic than housing lottery information on the Newscope. If anything, Peirce was just a positive.

What about a second date?

Graff: Sure! Why not!

Karlin: Why not. It was pretty nice.

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