from JANE Magazine, November 2002
Moderated by Annemarie Conte
Jason lost Laura across a crowded room. We found her for him.
Laura: A little over a month ago, I went to see this Icelandic band, Mum, play a score to an old Russian movie, Battleship Potemkin. Before it started, this guy came up to me.
Jason: I noticed Laura. She looked like she was pretty interested in the show, but she didn't look like someone who would be unfriendly. It was one of the few nights I actually said hi to the person I thought was cute.
Laura: Then the movie was starting, so I was like, "I'm going to sit down and watch the show."
Jason: A week later, I was having trouble getting her out of my mind.
Jason: I put a "missed connections" ad on the Web site Craig's List because I hoped that perhaps she had lost me in the crowd, too.
Laura: I hadn't been thinking about him.
Jason: I was very surprised when Jane magazine e-mailed me to say they'd seen my ad, and their "Bjork-esque" intern, Laura, was the girl I was looking for.
BUT SHE'D RATHER BE IN SEATTLE
Laura: There were rose petals everywhere at the lounge he picked for us to meet at - on the stairs, the tabletops. I'm used to cheap bars with cheap drinks. I'm not usually so classy.
Jason: I ordered a Steve McQueen, followed up by a Topaz Teardrop. They're cocktails.
Laura: I had a French Whore, served in a champagne glass.
Jason: She had two of those.
Laura: He paid, which made me feel guilty. I offered, but he insisted.
Jason: She's got very capturing eyes and a shaggy haircut. Intriguing. She was wearing a black sleeveless top and pants.
Laura: I can't remember what he was wearing.
Jason: We actually talked a lot about the rash of video game addiction that has been striking people lately.
Laura: I've never had an obsession with them, except Twisted Metal.
Jason: I am a slightly recovering game addict. In any event, we walked to a burlesque show I'd heard about.
Laura: He had come up with some suggestions, and he paid to get in. I'm new to the city, so I'm glad he'd thought of something to do.
Jason: A man was doing a comedy act, which was quite good.
Laura: They had a hula-hooper who was stripping, but not totally. She could do, like, 20 at once. I used to hula-hoop when I was little, but I can only do one at a time and not while taking off my clothing.
Jason: The dancers were exceptionally funny.
NOT THE HOLLYWOOD ENDING WE'D HOPED FOR
Laura: I accidentally yawned in front of him. I hadn't slept much the night before.
Jason: It seemed like Laura was getting pretty tired, and I suggested that if she was tired, we could definitely call it a night.
Laura: He walked me back to my apartment. And he mentioned that he didn't want me to think he was crazy for posting that thing.
Jason: I'm an exceptionally shy person, but I just realized that I'm letting a lot of great possibilities pass me by. She's amazingly easy to talk to. Captivating. I could've stayed there and forgotten completely what was going on. Which is rare with most people I meet. I'd like to see her again under more relaxing circumstances if that's what she'd like.
Laura: It was very comfortable. He's very sweet, but I'm not really that interested.
Jason: It ended with a handshake.
Laura: We just waved goodbye.
Jason Anderson, 28
Professor/architect/video game designer
From: San Francisco
Lives: New York
"I usually date people who approach me."
Laura Craft, 22
Jane art department intern
Lives: New York
"People post things about me online all the time [laughs]."
RATINGS, ON A SCALE FROM 1 to 10
Jason on Laura/Laura on Jason
*"Any higher would be negative."