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“Well, that’s a first,” he responds (for the record, I stand by this choice — it’s a quality film about familial loyalty and I refused to be convinced otherwise).

By Date Six, I’m most of the way through my house wine and have almost no voice left.

He asks me if I’m into comedy, at which point we both quote John Mulaney’s famous sketch about getting lost in New York: go to more comedy shows and there are so many in the city and really it’s quite cheap if you know where to look.

I’m talking a lot, but truthfully I’m quite ready to be done with this and retreat back to my phone screen, where I can swipe away in silence without having to invent lame hobbies for myself. Exhausted, I start venting to my roommate the moment I walk through the door.

At this point I’ve really embraced the “I love to eat” persona, and Date Six and I are thrilled to discover that we both enjoy Puerto Rican food.

He says he can hear my Southern accent, which I find terribly offensive, but he assures me that he doesn’t think it’s a bad thing. He’s somewhat of a regular at singles events, and he’s apparently quite comfortable in this setting.

The group behind us has moved on to belting out "I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan, a classic, and I comment that it’s an excellent karaoke song choice.

He asks me what my favorite Disney movie is, and the best thing I can think of is .

He looks like he’s probably in his early 30s, and he’s definitely nice enough, but I'm not super into him right off the bat. He gives me advice on the process, telling me it won’t do me any good to overthink it, the best thing to do is just let the conversation flow.

The first people I meet are two women who showed up together.

They’re adorable and good-natured about the whole thing, which makes me feel better immediately. A few minutes after 7 p.m., Girl in Charge rings a bell, signaling the first date to begin.

What really throws me is that initial question about my hobbies and my surprisingly pathetic response. This is also the point I remember this is a karaoke bar, as a girl 20 feet away starts screeching “I Will Always Love You” at a fever pitch so loud I can’t hear Date Two tell me about his hobbies. Date Three is from Ukraine, but he’s lived in the States since he was 4 years old.

We chat for a few minutes about how he’s lived in the city for over a decade, so he knows it pretty well. We pause for a moment and look at each other as we let the song play out. I decide this is the perfect opportunity to tell him about my recent trip to Budapest, which I know isn’t really all that close to Ukraine, but of course, I’d love to visit Ukraine one day if I ever have the chance because it seems like a beautiful country and of course, I loved every moment of my time in Eastern Europe this summer. This is the moment I realize I’m going to be talking to myself for the entirety of the next five minutes.

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