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  • Writer's pictureIsabel

Date #34

Key Takeaways: Sh*t gets real


Name: Kelly (round 6)

Length of date: 3 hours

How the date was obtained: arranging for a 6th

Where: Kelly’s place

As I said at the end of last week’s post (Date #33), this date did not go according to plan…

Here’s the original plan: I’d drive to Hermosa Beach (where Kelly lives) and get there at 6:30(ish). Then, he and I would take a romantic stroll on the beach and watch the sunset. After sunset, we’d head to a small sushi spot for dinner. Sounds perfect, right?

Well, that’s not exactly what happened. Here’s how it all went down…

Kelly works in the medical field and as a result, has an unpredictable schedule. So, at 5:00(ish), he informed me that his case was going late and I should come closer to 8:00, which meant that our sweet sunset stroll was a no go. I drove to his place (in the dark) and then we promptly headed to the sushi restaurant. When we arrived, the host informed us they were full. We asked to join the waiting list and they just straight up said, don’t bother. So, we wandered around looking for a place to eat, but Friday nights are busy in Hermosa and places were booked. He suggested we still stick to sushi and go to Sugar Fish, which happens to be my sister’s favorite LA eatery. I was excited but turns out they were only doing take out. Was I hungry and frustrated at this point? Not particularly. Was Kelly? Little bit, not gonna lie. No worries though, we were told we could order online. Problem solved.

Turns out that Sugar Fish specializes in traditional sushi and raw sashimi. Fun fact: I specialize in sushi rolls that feature cooked ingredients like Dragon rolls and shrimp tempura. I know this makes me sound lame, and I’ve been called as much by the rest of my family. I got the feeling Kelly might also be putting me in that “doesn’t eat raw fish?” sushi date category. Sugar Fish did have a crab roll, so I rolled with the punches and ordered that. We killed time driving around Hermosa Beach and pointing out our favorite houses. Then, we picked up the food and headed back to Kelly’s place. There we had some alone time, which was pretty cozy.

Even though this date didn’t go according to plan, I still enjoyed my time with Kelly. I find myself wanting to be around him more and more and I hope he would say the same. (He should start a blog so I can read it, then I’d know more about what was going on in his brain; would I get five stars? Maybe…) I know that if we end up being in a relationship, it will involve making compromises, changing plans, and being flexible. So, if the sunset sushi adventure was a problem-solving trial run, I think we passed.

Okay, now some real talk.

I re-read this date (as one does when editing) and realized that it was kind of “meh.” Don’t get me wrong, as usual, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Kelly. But, you may have read this and thought: “sounds like she had a nice time, but ‘meh’” and I get it. I’m gazing into his hazel eyes, going go on these dates, and really enjoying them because I like Kelly, but you might not. So, in an effort to make this an entertaining read for you, I am going to answer some questions posed on my Instagram. If you already read these answers then you can roast me in the comments. And if you haven’t followed the Date a Week LA Instagram (@dateaweekla) then I can roast you in the comments. Sounds fair? Okay. 

Also, for those of you who did read some of these, I have added some new questions that I think are also entertaining. ENJOY. 

How did you get to be so dateable?

Love this question. Thank you [unknown person that’s not me] for asking it. Maybe I was born with it, maybe it’s Maybelline. Jk, I don’t use Maybelline. I use the overpriced makeup that the commissioned salespeople recommend at Nordstrom, no questions asked. 

Have your parents met Kelly yet?

Not yet! He’s only met my roommates. Also, not only have I not met his parents, I haven’t met any of his friends, I hope he has some… yikes!

What’s been your favorite date activity so far during Date a Week LA?

I loved going to an escape room! It was a great way to get to know my date.

Will you ever stop talking about “Nacho Libre”?


How has DAWLA been different than what you initially anticipated?

Well, I definitely didn’t expect to be dating during a pandemic. It was hard to find dates before COVID but after COVID hit it has been 100% harder. It’s also given me a space to reflect on myself and what I want in a partner. It got deeper for me than I ever anticipated.

What’s your nighttime skincare routine, girl?

(No one asked me this question, but I want to answer it so I can feel like an influencer) Omg girl, I’ll give you all the deets! First, I wash my face with the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser. Then I go in with the Kiehl’s Might night Recovery Concentrate! I would take that product to my grave! Then I go coo-coo crazy for Ole Henriksen’s Banana Bright Eye Crème! Orange you glad I didn’t say Kiehl’s again?! Omg, finally I end with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream (I SAID KIEHL’S AGAIN!!). I use my rose quartz roller to smooth out the wrinkles between my eyebrows because I am actually really concerned about those!! And that’s it queens! I get 8 hours of sleep and I wake up looking like an infant!  

What is the #1 thing you are looking for in a partner?

I am of course looking for someone kind, compassionate, and smart – all that good stuff. But I’ve also realized that it’s so important for that person to have a good sense of humor. I need someone I can laugh with that doesn’t take themselves too seriously. 

How much do you love love?

Great question… I love love a lot. 

What does Kelly think of the blog? Has he read it?

I think he was a little shocked when I first told him about the blog, but he says he likes it. He also tells me it’s a very bold and courageous thing to do. He does lobby me to get five stars on every date so he’s not going to be happy about this one. Oh, and he read a blog post to his family and apparently, they thought it was funny. 

Are there automatic red flags people should be more aware of while using dating apps?

For me, pics of guys with luxury cars, guns, and shirtless selfies are automatic red flags. A friend of mine says guys holding fish is a big “no.” But my family is quite into flyfishing, so that’s not a dealbreaker for me.

Lastly, can we share Date a Week LA posts on our Instagram stories or on Facebook? Or can we share them with our friends over email or print them out for our technologically-challenged relatives to read them?

Ummm, let me think about it!! Just kidding. I don’t have to think about this one! You can share this blog with everyone, friends, and enemies. In fact, I encourage it! 

Overall Experience:


The future for us… a sunset stroll? less raw fish?

Next Week: More Kelly!


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