Tuesday, October 12, 2004

50 First Dates

Quest For Love
by Molly Shaffer

A lonely American rabbi’s son is taking the concept of speed dating up a gear by going on 50 blind dates in 50 US states – all in just 50 days.
Dan Jacobs, from Santa Monica, is setting off on the ultimate romantic road trip next week to find a woman who’ll “give a nice sensitive short guy like me a chance”.

The 22-year-old’s voyage of discovery, which is being part-funded to the tune of $21,000 by friends and investors, will be filmed for a television documentary called A Sensitive Guy on the Road: 50 Dates In 50 States.

The roaming Romeo hopes his 50th and final date will see him reunited with his most successful first date.

Jacobs’ amorous adventure began a few months ago when a radio station in Idaho publicised his project.

His face was soon plastered on newspaper front pages nationwide and more than 400 responses from potential partners flooded in from across the US.

Jacobs has since narrowed down the applicants to a shortlist that includes Miss Teen Maine and a 39 year-old mother who rides a Harley Davidson.

Sensitive Jacobs, who pens poetry in his spare time, hopes to meet his perfect partner on his travels.

He told TJ: “I’m doing this as a social critique as well as for love. I realise that reality isn’t a fairytale but I would like to meet a culturally Jewish girl, as I feel very connected to my faith. Some people have criticised me and called me an egotist for attracting such attention, but I try not to worry about what people say.”

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