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Thursday, November 9, 2000

Singles invited
for ‘Blind Date’

Bullet Blind Date party: 9:30 p.m. tomorrow, Hard Rock Cafe
Bullet Blind Date: 1:30 am Mondays-Thursdays, 2 a.m. Friday, KITV/ABC

By Tim Ryan

There have been couples getting cozy in a hot tub just hours after meeting; a man who serenaded his date with incessant belching; a couple dressed as ostriches who raced each other down a lawn; and a "stuntman" who rode a mechanical bull with less than the greatest of ease.

Blind dates are fun, right? Well, they may be a lot more fun to watch than live through.

And that's where the television show "Blind Date," now in its second season, comes in.

Program officials are calling all Honolulu singles for a party tomorrow to try out for an appearance on the show.

Festivities will begin with prize giveaways and a chance to win videos, a "Blind Date" prize pack or a Panasonic DVD player. "Blind Date" officials also will be holding a drawing for a trip for two to Orlando, Fla., to attend the "Blind Date Ultimate Rock Party at Hard Rock Live."

Thirtysomething host Roger Lodge says he's learned several lessons about men and women who have appeared on the show.

"Men are way too aggressive, looking for that instant gratification and talk far too much about themselves," he said in a telephone interview. "Men are awful listeners. You see them with a woman but so many are flirting with the waitress or checking out other women rather than concentrate on the one they're with."

But Lodge has been surprised at how assertive some women are, especially in talking about sex or joking about body parts.

"One thing for sure is that women still want to be treated like ladies and respected," said Lodge.

"Blind Date" debuted last yearand has set up 549 dates.

But don't ask Lodge about his own blind date experiences.

"Never had one and never will," he said. "The guests on our show have far more courage than I do."

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