Ogo is from Waynesboro, Pa., and went to varsity in Wisconsin, however left earlier than incomes a level. “My dad died, and I used to be like, ‘Rattling, life actually ends, and if I die, I don’t wish to die in Wisconsin,’ ” he stated. “The varsity half will all the time be there, however the issues that I’m doing proper now received’t all the time be in entrance of me.”
Date Lab: His purple pants caught her eye
He’s younger — 24 — and has spent his time constructing an influencer advertising enterprise. He’s additionally studying Italian and began enjoying tennis. What Ogo hasn’t had is quite a lot of long-term relationships. The longest one was on and off for two-ish years when he was dwelling in Los Angeles, however he by no means discovered his folks there. So, he moved to the nation’s capital in late 2020 as a result of “all of my cousins that dwell within the U.S. dwell in D.C.”
He utilized for Date Lab after a dialog about relationship with a good friend who works on the paper. “I’ve by no means been on a blind date, which appears tougher with the web [because] you are able to do analysis on folks now. The not figuring out sounds sort of humorous.”
His date, Jana, hasn’t had many long-term relationships both. The 23-year-old was in faculty exterior Boston when the pandemic began and says that made relationship tougher. “The pandemic actually stunted that for me … after which popping out of that I simply haven’t dated a lot.”
After touchdown her second post-college job, she moved this spring to D.C. from New York Metropolis, the place she was doing public relations for a monetary providers firm. “I didn’t love that job and began wanting round and took this job that’s within the change advocacy sector, and so they finally stated ‘We want you to return to D.C.,’ so right here I’m!”
Jana utilized for Date Lab as a result of her roommates put her as much as it, however she additionally thought it might be a great way to kick off relationship in a brand new metropolis. She’s not in search of love however not not in search of love both. “I’m in a spot the place I’m not set on something however wherever the wind takes me,” she defined.
Jana took an Uber to El Chucho in Columbia Heights, and when she bought there, Ogo was sitting on the bar having a snack. “My very first impression was that he was sporting a really vibrant outfit and that he was consuming already,” Jana stated. “He was sporting a shawl on his head. He was sporting purple pants that occurred to be corduroy on a 100-degree day. It clearly was curated.”
Sure, Ogo was in purple pants and, sure, they had been sizzling. However they weren’t corduroy. “I had been gone for 2 weeks so I took all my good outfits with me, and I had just about worn all the pieces,” he stated, including that he had flown into D.C. late the evening earlier than the date and that they had been Homme Plissé Issey Miyake flowy pants. “The outfit I had wasn’t actually excellent, however I used to be relying on I used to be already going to be sweating … and I didn’t have any shorts.”
As for his first impression of Jana, Ogo was stunned to search out out in the course of the date that she was 23. “She sort of gave a bit little bit of an older vibe,” he stated. “I believed she was 26 or 27.”
They bought their Date Lab pictures taken, then headed to the rooftop the place they stated the dialog flowed. “We talked about his work [and] the cyclical nature of recognition for influencers,” Jana stated. In addition they talked about his travels, her dad who’s a chef and her love of meals, and the way they each discover kids humorous and have hung out tutoring and mentoring them. Plus, they found they had been like-minded about dwelling in D.C.: It’s all proper. Simply all proper.
This speaking occurred whereas he sipped two margaritas and she or he labored on a Paloma then moved on to a drink with vodka and hibiscus tea. In addition they ordered two rounds of tacos (al pastor for Ogo, hen and birria quesa for Jana) however didn’t share.
As soon as it began getting darkish, Ogo seen they had been each stifling yawns, so “I attempted to learn the room a bit bit,” he stated. They made their approach out and he requested for Jana’s telephone quantity. “Nobody asks for numbers anymore; I don’t know, everyone seems to be lame,” he stated. “I prefer to open the road of communication.”
Jana shared her quantity however admitted there was no spark. “I felt prefer it was a really platonic ‘We’re on this bizarre scenario collectively, we’ll profit from it’ [vibe],” she stated. Ogo thought Jana was cool, however no butterflies for him both — although he stated he could be open to hanging out as mates.
Ogo texted as soon as after the date when a film he was watching made him consider a joke Jana had made, however the two haven’t been in touch since.
Tanya Ballard Brown is government editor for Authorities Govt and a comic.
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