Volume 95, Issue 75

Thursday, February 14, 2002

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Part I: Enter the BDM

Part II: Spoons and addicts

Part III: Meet Tonya Harding

Part IV: Shootin' some stick

Part V: Kat loves strippers

Part VI: Cupid misses the mark

The Blind Date Mobile Statistics

Part V: Kat loves strippers

After a night of being hounded by the press, Eric and Katherine seized their chance for a Houdini-esque escape by leaving the Bacchus Lounge alone while the Gazette staff paid the bills.

Thanks to slippery shadows of the Bacchus alleyway, it was a while before The Gazette caught up to the seemingly happy couple.

By 11 p.m., Williams Coffee Pub was packed wall-to-wall and, not seeing any seats, Katherine seemed to have the perfect idea. "Let's go to a strip bar," she suggested. She was a wild one or at least a highly sarcastic one. Either way, she had landed herself a whopping 15 Gazette points

But, being the affable gentleman he strives to be, Eric quickly found a table for his date and avoided those tempting lap dances, sometimes risky on a first date.

Once on their own, the conversation (finally) began to get a little personal. Even though Eric admits he doesn't like to talk about relationships on the first date, he had no problems trying to prove his romantic side to Katherine.

"We were trading stories of past romantic dates. Some of the things he has done have been really sweet," Katherine said with a smile.

They had no problems making each other laugh either. "We were telling each other the funny questions we've been asked by The Gazette. And then we were guessing which questions we think we'll be asked next," Eric explained.

No matter how sweet he is, Eric still had trouble keeping his cool in front of a girl like Katherine.

"You wouldn't happen to have any throat lozenges, would you?" Eric asked The Gazette reporters with needy eyes when Katherine left for the little girl's room. It seemed poor Romeo was losing his voice.

"I think it might be just being out in the cold earlier, but he's lost his voice! It's alright though, he's just talking really quietly," Katherine said.

She was more than understanding. "You got to have a story like that on a blind date," she said. "It can't go perfectly."

(After sucking on some cherry-flavoured Halls purchased across the street, Eric was as good as new).

Will he make a move before the date is over? "I don't know. I mean, I don't want to force the issue," Eric said. Good guy.

As the smiling couple prepared for their final trip in the backseat of the BDM, the wind seemed to whisper the one question on everybody's minds will they kiss?

One thing was for certain the sexually-deprived Gazette staff was hoping for some tongue.

Gazette Love Scorecard:

Eric 34, Katherine 52

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