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速配日记(中英对照) (4)

2006-02-14 00:00

    Previously in our speed dater's diary…

    After a false start Harry finally finds his feet and changes his approach after observing the techniques of the other guys. We now find out if there were any matches. Female with braided hair, image ? Ingram Publishing/Alamy

    Matchmaking

    Between conversations I had to cram some notes into the comments box on the checklist.  There was only room for two or three words, which was probably deliberate to encourage people to write down either ‘no way’ or ‘oh yeah’.

    But did I find anyone who I wanted to tick ‘yes’?  Well actually I did. One girl impressed me by telling me she‘d travelled independently to Australia and Egypt to go scuba-diving and was planning to attend every music festival possible over the summer. Another was an accomplished water-skier. Another wanted to quit her teaching job and become a writer.  Another was a museum curator with lots of fascinating facts to share. And one was extremely physically attractive, and at the end of the day I am only a simple man.

    Dating techniques

    The ‘dating’ continued in the bar immediately after the structured part of the evening, and was fascinating as I got to witness the different approaches of the other guys. A variety of techniques were exhibited, ranging from pure arrogance and criticising the competition to asexual humility and getting too drunk to talk about their job as an accountant. I suspect I blended all of these together and stayed as long as possible observing the different exchanges until I felt confident about who I would like to see again

    I decided to leave the yes/no/friend tick boxes until I‘d spoken to a few more people. Female applying make up, image Ingram Publishing/Alamy

    Spiders and scuba divers

    The next day I ticked the boxes. As a complete novice, I was keen to be given the benefit of the doubt so decided to be generous with my own ticks. If I felt someone had more to say than they had managed to squeeze into their half of the three minutes. I went back online, viewed the profiles to check I‘d remembered people correctly (I think there were three Amanda’s, which was very confusing as one was the scuba diver and one was the spider and I didn‘t want to get it wrong) and clicked the necessary boxes.

    Over the course of the next few days, as all the participants put their preferences onto the website, the matches and mismatches began to appear. There were a few surprises. The water-skier wanted to see me again, as did the spider and the drunk girl. The curator and author-to-be were not interested. I was a bit disappointed, but this was compensated for when the scuba diver finally got round to putting her ticks in and I got a match.

    Next month, our speed dater updates us on where he is now. Did he find love…?



     上集故事摘要经历了最初的一点小失误后,Harry逐渐进入状态,并且在观察了其他人的手法后开始改变自己的策略。现在我们来看看是否能够速配成功。

     速配开始

    在谈话的空隙里,我要往候选人名单上的评论栏里填点东西。格子很小,只够写两三个字,大概是鼓励我们就写“没希望”或是“还不错”这样简单的评语。

    但有我想打勾的吗?实际上是有的。一个女孩告诉我她曾经只身前往澳大利亚和埃及潜水,而且打算参加今年夏天所有可能参加的音乐节,她给我留下了很深的印象。有一个女孩是一名优秀的滑水者。另一个女孩准备辞去现在的教师工作,当一名作家。还有一个是博物馆馆长,知道很多有趣的事情。当然还有一个身材惹火的美人。说到底,我只是一个平凡人。

    约会技巧

    晚上有组织的活动结束后,“约会”仍在继续,而且非常有趣,因为我领略了其他男性的不同策略。大家的策略各不相同,有人摆出纯粹傲慢的架势、批评竞赛,有人表现得很谦卑,还有人喝得太多,以至于都说不清楚自己是做会计工作的。我怀疑我综合了所有这些策略。我在那里呆了很久,观察各种不同的交谈,直到我确定下来希望与哪几位继续交往。

    蜘蛛女和潜水姑娘

    第二天,我做出了选择。我完全是个新手,于是我决定普遍撒网,重点培养。如果我觉得和谁在规定的九十秒内还有没说完的话,我就打个勾。我又上网看了一下资料,确认名字和人对得上号,没有弄错(我记得有三个叫Amanda的,一个是潜水姑娘,一个是蜘蛛女,我可不想弄混了),然后我打了一些勾。

    接下来的几天,所有的参加者都在网上做出了选择,最后有一些配对成功,还有一些没有成。最终的结果有些出乎我的意料,滑水者、蜘蛛女和那个喝醉酒的姑娘希望能够再次见到我,而博物馆馆长和未来作家则对我不感兴趣。我稍微有点失望,不过那位潜水姑娘最终把票投给了我,这样我也算是配成一对,还挺高兴的。

    下个月,我们的速配者将给我们带来最新的消息。他找到了真爱了吗?

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