Most Eligible Singles: Melody Oakes
How she caught our eye: Not only is this social worker charming and kind-hearted, She stays young through creative activities such as writing digital music and making jewelry.
The perfect date: A perfect date doesn't depend on where you go or the activity for the chemistry and connection between us.
Something most people don't know about me: I actually have spent time writing digital music. It was electronic instrumental music. I love working with guitar loops and writing my own percussion parts. I started in 2003 and have a CD that I listen to in my car.
My passion: Helping other people be as open to life experiences as I have
Biggest turn-on: If a guy has mastered something, show me. If he's certain of his skills, I love to see that. I need a man that can teach me something.
Biggest turnoff: Fear of risk
I own too many: Pieces of jewelry because I make jewelry
... musician/band: Underground Intelligent Dance Music (IDM). I like a wide variety of music, but I especially love music that I can dance to.
... sports team: Youngstown State Penguins (football). My father is a professor at Youngstown State, and he's always wearing shirts with penguins on them.
... TV show: Fringe
... vacation destination: South Carolina coast
... dessert: Chocolate brownie
My usual hangout: At home aka "The Purple Palace." I applied a lot of the principles of feng shui throughout the house. I made it a space that I love being in. As far as outside the house, there is a record shop in Lakewood called the Bent Crayon, where I only go a couple times a year because it's that special to me.
In high school I was ... not as academic as I should have been.
And now I'm ... pretty darn happy with nearly every aspect of my life.
My best feature: My intuition
My bad habit: Giving in to my food cravings
My first kiss: It was under an umbrella in the rain. We were both so shocked after that we ran away from each other. I was young.
My guilty pleasure: Old Ricky Martin music
How my ex would describe me: He would say I'm wonderful. It was a very, very long distance relationship. He lived in Germany, and I live here.
Going out or staying in: I like to balance the two. I go out maybe two nights a week.
Early, late or right on time: Right on time
Dogs or cats: Both
Dancing ... yes or no?: Heck yes
Twitter ... yes or no?: No
My longest relationship: 18-plus years
Beer, wine or martinis: Vodka straight
Roses or chocolates: Roses
My No. 1 dating rule: Don't be afraid to take a risk. Trying to break out of my comfort zone with people. When you first meet anyone, there is a period where you try to size up a person. You can be safe or you can be honest and direct, and that's what I prefer.
My deal-breaker: A closed mind
I hate when a date ... is failed at first glance.
But I love when a date ... blossoms into more and more dimensions.
Worst pickup line: Someone said, "You should come to a party and bring some friends with boobs."
If I could date anyone: Spend an evening talking to Peter Gabriel
On a first date I never ... have preconceptions
Best place to meet someone: while living your daily life
Most unusual place I've met someone: I was on an overnight train from Sicily to Rome.
My take on Cleveland's single scene: My friend's say it's thriving. I hear many dating stories from my single friends.
12:00 AM EST
January 19, 2011