Communications coordinator, Cleveland Indians
The perfect date: Something involving live music. There has to be good food and laughter.
Something most people don’t know about me: I take belly dancing and drumming lessons. I just started, though, so you’re probably not going to see me in the background for Aerosmith anytime soon.
My cell phone: I’m more of a talker than a texter. You can learn a lot from the sound of someone’s voice.
Biggest turn-on: I like passionate people and, of course, a good sense of humor.
Biggest turnoff: Bad hygiene. Bad breath and chapped lips are definitely turnoffs.
I own too many: Containers of lip gloss and ChapStick. They’re so cheap and cute. I love everything from drugstore ChapStick to fancy MAC Lip Glass.
My favorite … place in Cleveland: I like anywhere on the shoreline. I love being at Edgewater Park watching the sunset. … sports team: The Indians, of course. … book: I really like Liliane by Ntozake Shange. I can relate to the main character, Liliane. She has a quiet confidence, she loves to dance, and she’s very open-minded and gifted. She has a very good spirit and she’s genuine. … vacation destination: I fell in love with Florida, and I really like Arizona. They’re both warm for one, and Arizona has some very scenic sunsets. In Arizona, there’s a spa or massage parlor on every corner. Florida beaches are great. The water there so is blue, and the sand is clear. I really like Clearwater though you can’t go wrong with Miami either. … dessert: Anything light, warm and full of flavor. I like the desserts at Fahrenheit and Cream and Sugar. That place has some of the best red velvet cake in the world! … blog: I read so many. I don’t know that I have one favorite. I like anything with sports.
Facebook: yes or no? Yes, but I’m far from an addict. I just got my own page like five months ago. It’s odd: I do PR for others all the time, but I’m not so good at doing it for myself. Maybe it’s shyness; I don’t want my photos spread all across the Web. I decided to do it to stay connected to my friends and family.
My usual hangout: Lately it’s been Sushi Rock because of the calamari. I live in the Warehouse District, so it’s close by.
In high school I was … an athlete, class president and on the homecoming court. My high school was a little unique, though. I went to a boarding school in Chattanooga, Tenn.
My passion: Family and giving back
My best feature: My eyes or my smile. I have a good sense of humor, and I like to laugh.
My bad habit: At times I’m indecisive. I’ve heard from some of my friends that that can get annoying.
My first kiss: I think it was either Toby or Troy. I had a “T” thing back in the day. I remember I was young — before middle school. It lasted three to five seconds, but it was such a big deal.
My guilty pleasure: I have three: SportsCenter, Bravo and the Food Network. I love food, clothes and sports, so I spend all my time flipping through those channels. I don’t know why I have cable.
How my ex would describe me: Remarkable. A mistake for letting me get away.
Blonds or brunets: Brunet. Blonds do not have more fun.
Going out or staying in: I have more fun staying in sometimes. I really like to dance, but you can do that in the middle of the living room.
Early, late or right on time: Right on time, or at least I try to be.
Dogs or cats: Dogs because of their strength and loyalty.
My longest relationship: About five years. We’re still on good terms. We were best friends during those five years. I can say nothing wrong about him. He’s a wonderful man, and he says the same things about me.
Beer, wine or martinis: Wine or martinis. Beer is nasty.
Roses or chocolates: Chocolate. Roses fade.
My No. 1 dating rule: Courtesy and chivalry are really important. I like a guy to open a door, but I’m quick to say thank you after he does it. Chivalry doesn’t go unnoticed.
My deal-breaker: Lying. It’s unnecessary.
I hate when a date orders … certain types of sushi or tomatoes. I’m sushi conservative, and I despise tomatoes.
Worst pickup line: “Let me buy you a drink.” It’s so generic and corny. It’s on the same lines as “Oh, you’re so beautiful.” Be original.
If I could marry anyone: Whoever God sends my way — although having muscles and being a great kisser wouldn’t hurt.
On a first date I never… kiss or pay.
Best place to meet someone: I like practical places. Bookstores. Grocery stores. Places you go every day.
Most unusual place I’ve met someone: At the food court in the Atlanta airport. We just started talking; we both had layovers. It’s not the ideal meeting spot, though. Generally, everyone you meet is going to a different destination.
My take on Cleveland’s single scene: It’s somewhat difficult but full of promise. There are people of good substance in Cleveland.