Blind Date: Support Worker and Coordinator James & Business Process Improvement Specialist Ryan


Ryan, 34, says:

The date went really well and I very much enjoyed it. The conversation flowed really, really well. Obviously there was some nerves at the beginning which is to be expected but they quickly disappeared.

Camera IconRyan said he and James had very different upbringings but similar views on many things. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian

I had to laugh because we were both expecting to end up being matched with someone we knew or have spoken to on Grindr but we had never met, or spoken to each other before. We ended up checking to see who our mutual friends were and none of them were close with each other so that was amazing! It was a breath of fresh air.

James and I were quite aligned in a lot of ways. Something we spoke about and agreed upon was our love of spontaneous travel, like packing up on a Friday after work, going down to Margaret River and staying in a cabin without any planning. We spoke about travel a lot actually. Where we would go if we had the chance or if we could go anywhere for a week, where that would be etc.

We spoke about our childhoods and how they were essentially the opposite. I grew up in a small country town and have stayed in the same state my entire life and James was constantly moving as a child because of his parents’ work, and had lived in multiple countries and states within Australia. It was really interesting to hear his story and see how he adapted to change so frequently.

We spoke about our childhoods and how they were essentially the opposite.

I really enjoyed listening to James talk about his passion for what he does, it was amazing. He’s very driven and ambitious. I found that pretty inspiring. That is something I do look for, someone who is willing to challenge themselves.

We spoke about our living situations and he showed me his dog which was adorable. I don’t personally own any animals but have them by default with housemates who do. I told him if I ever did own an animal, it would be a dog for sure.

Once our dinner was over we decided to go for a walk to find a place to have coffee where we continued chatting some more, then made our way back to our cars. We exchanged socials before leaving. I messaged him later that evening to say thanks again for a great night and we’ve been chatting ever since. Hopefully we will catch up again this weekend!

9.5/10

James, 33, says:

Prior to the date I was thinking “Oh my god, who has she set me up with?” and I was filled with nerves wondering who it would be. I was actually pretty close to pulling out from the date as I was pretty sick from Monday to Wednesday. Thankfully, by Thursday I was feeling so much better and thought I might not ever get this opportunity again so I am committing!

Once I met Ryan and we sat down, we basically got all the nerves out of the way by communicating exactly how we were feeling. We both had no idea if we were going to know each other or not. I think we were aligned with our thinking that this experience was going to be fun and who knows what will happen or what will come of it.

James almost pulled out of the date but was ultimately glad he made the effort.
Camera IconJames almost pulled out of the date but was ultimately glad he made the effort. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian

I think we were both pretty nervous about the photographer arriving as well so we were keeping an eye out. We had our photos done then we were able to take a breath and fully relax.

We started chatting away and getting to know each other. It was quite a natural conversation between us. There was no awkward pauses or anything like that. It just flowed so well the whole night.

It was all very easy, I don’t really know how to explain it other than it was really nice. Ryan is very genuine and a breath of fresh air.

We chatted about everything to be honest. His family, living down south and then myself, living overseas. We spoke about sports and what we used to play then all of our injuries that came from that. Ryan is pretty into his health and fitness so we talked a lot about that as well.

Conversation just kept flowing and to be honest, we could have probably stayed a lot longer chatting but I had to head back and pick up my dog that my mum was babysitting.

We went for a walk after dinner to get some coffee and dessert. Time honestly flew by. We’ve since been chatting over social media and we are looking to catch up again this coming weekend.

8.5/10

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