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So you’ve eaten one too many “just lunches,” surfed yourself silly and tried speed-dating and still no luck. There’s always reality TV. Two Dallas attorneys voyaged all the way to Hollywood in their quests for that special someone. Lisa Gold, formerly an associate with Arter & Hadden in Dallas, was selected for ABC’s ground-breaking show “The Bachelor” in 2002. Brian Ching, a Dallas attorney, appeared on “The Bachelorette,” which aired beginning in February. But, alas, neither of them met their soul mates. Gold, who left Arter & Hadden last May to work for an Oklahoma City firm, was one of the 25 women vying for Alex Michel’s heart on the “The Bachelor” during its inaugural season. In an April 2002 interview with Texas Lawyer, she said she decided to apply to be on the show after hearing someone on a local radio station tout how great Michel was. Frustrated with not having met too many men who satisfied her dating criteria, she said she decided to give it a go. Although she was eliminated in the first round during the show’s infamous “rose ceremony” — if the bachelor gives you a rose, you get to stay for the next round — Gold, 31, said that was OK. “Our conversation was really uncomfortable,” the University of Tulsa Law School grad said of her moments with Michel. Love connection, it was not. Ching, 28, who no longer practices law but owns a mortgage company with his twin brother, Marc, says his stint on “The Bachelorette” amounted to nothing more than luck. “It was one of those things that kind of fell in my lap,” the South Texas College of Law grad says. He and his brother were having lunch at Chuy’s in Dallas where ABC scouts happened to be trolling for contestants. They approached the brothers and asked Brian to fill out an application for the show. (Brian says they chose him over his identical twin brother after noting that Marc had a wedding ring and Brian did not.) Brian, who made it to the second round before getting cut, admits that he wasn’t really looking for love when he agreed to do the show. “I did the show more for the experience itself — just to be able to travel and meet new people,” he says. “My attitude was, ‘If I hit it off with Trista [Rehn], that would be great.’ “ It was the first time Brian had tried the “nontraditional” dating route. Normally, he says he just meets women while he’s out with friends. Even when he practiced law — he did stints at DeHay & Elliston right after law school then moved to Godwin Gruber, then Crouch & Inabnett — he says he never got too worked up about finding a mate, and finding time to date never was really a factor. “I did work a lot and billed a lot of hours at all the firms I worked at. I’m a pretty active person and managed my time well,” he says, noting he was able to maintain a social life. “It’s going to happen when it happens,” he says. “I know the person is out there somewhere. … I keep busy and I know that one day, my soul mate will come.”

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