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  • Writer's pictureIsabel

Date #4

Key Takeaways: If someone asks you if you think Wookiees are cute then just say, "yes." Don't say you don't know much about Wookiee's because that will lead to a lengthy explanation involving words like Carbonite, Kashyyyk, and Shyriiwook.


Name: Luke, which is not his real name but he told me he liked Star Wars

Length of Date: 1 hour + the time I waited

How the date was obtained: Hinge

Where: Cognoscenti Coffee in Culver City

I got to Cognoscenti 30 minutes early because I was in the area for a meeting. After perusing their menu, I ordered an oat milk vanilla latte. Before you go judging me about using Oat Milk like some millennial, Instagram model (@baddiewinkle), I've recently developed the dreaded, late-onset lactose intolerance. This is the cross that I have to bear.

Anyway, I ordered my perfectly normal latte and a bagel and then sat outside in their make-shift courtyard. Then, it was the time of our scheduled date… but, no Luke. I checked Hinge and there was a message from him: “sorry running a bit late rn” (“rn” meaning “right now” for those of you who dkwtam - don't know what that acronym means). I sipped and waited and journaled and waited. Then it was 10 minutes past our scheduled meeting time.

Luke showed up (17 minutes late, but who’s counting) and said, “So sorry I’m late. LA traffic, am I right?” I replied, “oh my gosh! no problem at all!” I'm not sure why I'm always so quick to say "no problem" when people are late, (or a myriad of other slights for that matter). I guess it's because I don't want to be a monster by saying, "Actually, sir, it is a problem that you're late. I am leaving now and bringing my oat milk vanilla latte with me! Take that, you rat!"

Anyway, I held my tongue and said nothing about his delayed appearance. He then needed to order so he went to the counter and purchased a black coffee. Bold. No sugar, no milk, no whipped cream. If he was trying to prove he was hard-core, it was working.

After he sat down, we had an interesting conversation. Luke was nice and smart but I quickly realized that we had different interests. He talked about his love for Sci-fi for an extended period of time and told me his favorite movies were Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star War: The Force Awakens and Avatar. I proceeded to list my favorites: Sing Street, Lady Bird, and Napoleon Dynamite. So… our tastes were different.

Through our conversation, I learned about the structure of the Millenium Falcon and the motion capturing of Game of Thrones. And he learned that in 3rd grade, my tortoise got picked up by a hawk. True story. How I miss my little Shelly to this day.

I digress, It felt like the date was reaching a natural end and so I explained that I needed to go and run errands. My bolognese wasn't going to make itself! He then asked for my number and I gave it to him. (Again, why do I agree to these things? Note to self: if you have an inkling that the next date is going to be a "may-the-force-be-with-you-a-thon" then don't give him your digits.) Then, we hugged and I walked back to my infamous Honda CRV.

Overall Experience:

The future for us... Luke and I will probably be Sky-Walking in different directions.

Next Week: I'll be giving a January update. Ever wonder what happened with Arnold, Wayne, John, and Luke? Well, I'll be filling you in. If you have any questions for me, please feel free to message me on Instagram, comment below, or fill out a contact form!

Also, next week... my date and I are getting drinks! Pretty crazy if you ask me.


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