Singles Out: Tim Walker

Tim Walker, 28
Campaign specialist, Cleveland Museum of Art 
The perfect date: My perfect date is just one that involves great conversation, getting to know one another. I think it can happen a lot of ways, a lot of different places. But I think a perfect date is one when you never look at your watch.

Something most people don’t know about me: As a child I performed at the White House twice for president Clinton and Hillary Clinton. It was in a performance group, [Cabaret Troupe], that performed two years for Easter at the White House. I’ve met the last few presidents.

My cell phone: BlackBerry Storm

Biggest turn-on: Confidence

Biggest turnoff: Dishonesty

I own too many: Shoes

My favorite … place in Cleveland: My parents’ house in Hunting Valley. It’s peaceful. It seems like an escape from the city. I’m there about once a week. I try to make time for family — it’s important. … sports team: Cleveland Indians … book: The Great Gatsby. I always like the melancholy theme that runs through it. And that the party has to end at some point. … vacation destination: Barcelona, Spain. I was there in 2006 and once before. I love it. I love the energy of the city. It’s so beautiful and alive. Great culture, the people are great, the weather’s great, the architecture, the Gaudi. … dessert: Creme brulee. The cliché, creme brulee. Actually, I’m going to change my mind. Best dessert ever, if we’re going anywhere in the world, would be a chocolate soufflé by Jean George in New York. … blog: I read a lot of blogs., D Listed and Toleroad. I read all of those daily. Toleroad is a gay blog, stuff from the gay perspective.

Facebook: yes or no? Yes, it’s an easy way for me to keep in touch with all the people spattered across the globe that I know. It makes it so much easier to tap in, to find out what’s going on in their lives, to share what’s going on in mine.

My usual hangout: Luxe. You can usually find me at Luxe to start a night and then Tremont and Ohio City.

In high school I was … all over the place. I was involved in everything. I kept very busy. I did track; I was in the choir; I was in a number of clubs, student government.

My passion: The drive to make the world a better place

My best feature: I have to say my sense of humor. Other people might argue with that.

My bad habit: Not being able to say no

My first kiss: It was in sixth grade playing spin the bottle in a friend’s basement. Nothing terribly exciting or romantic but certainly awkward.

My guilty pleasure: The Real Housewives franchise on Bravo

How my ex would describe me: Unforgettable

Blonds or brunets: Either, but I’m typically drawn to dark hair.

Going out or staying in: Depends on my mood. I love to go out, but I also love to spend a quiet night at home with good takeout, a bottle of wine and a stack of movies and Netflix. But by nature, I’m a very social person.

Early, late or right on time: Right on time. I’m pretty easy going [if a date is late], but there is a window of appropriate lateness.

Dogs or cats: Dogs. My family has dogs. I’m certainly not a cat person; I’m allergic.

My longest relationship: Four years. It ended in 2004.

Beer, wine or martinis: Martinis. I like a Grey Goose dirty topped with bleu cheese, stuffed olives. That’s my drink.

Roses or chocolates: Neither. Something less cliché that speaks to the individual.

My No. 1 dating rule: I don’t like rules. I keep myself open.

My deal-breaker: Someone who is inconsiderate and selfish

I hate when a date orders … Nothing. If they like it, go for it.

Worst pickup line: I find it not particularly interesting when someone just says, “You look hot.” I need more than that. Granted, it might be true, but I need something more to get it started.

If I could marry anyone: Well, I would have to move to a country that allows gays to marry since we have not established marriage equality in this country yet. And then hopefully, somebody who would make me happy. Someone intelligent, intense.

On a first date I never … Never say never. Every day is different. I just kind of go with the flow.

Best place to meet someone: I don’t know that there’s one particularly good place to meet people. I think it’s dependent on the people. I think if you have a connection with someone wherever you are, you should be able to strike up a conversation.

Most unusual place I’ve met someone: The dentist office. We were both waiting to see the dentist and struck up a conversation, and next thing you know we had a date planned.

My take on Cleveland’s single scene: I think it is what you make of it. I think the biggest challenge is the size of our city. The number of singles isn’t comparable to larger areas. But I think in bigger cities, too, you face a lot of the same challenges.
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