20 Sensational Singles





Photography by Jim Pile and David Uhrin.

 

It's time to roll out the red carpets because this year's singles are simply fabulous! Put these 20 Sensational Singles from Hampton Roads in a vintage theater with a modern twist and you end up with an affair to remember. With its vaulted ceilings, chandeliered lighting and plush interior, Norfolk's Granby Theater was the ideal scene for us to really get to know these standout personalities. Some relate their lives to a comedy and others are hopeful romantics, but the story lines are the same—they're all looking for their own happy ending!

—The editor

 

NICODEMUS "NICK" TAYLOR

Age: 37
City:
Virginia Beach
Occupation: Radio/TV Host (Z104 104.5 FM)


Kids? If yes, how many?
None.
Ever been married? No.
Length of longest relationship: 5 years.
I could not live without ... my radio, the beach and 5-Hour Energy. (I wake up at 3:30 every morning!)
First thing you notice when you meet someone? If they smile or not. It says you're enjoying life!
Where do you go for dating advice? My co-host, Tricia, and of course my listeners! They're all out there doing the same thing!
One guilty pleasure?
The giant waffles at Waffletown USA.
Spontaneity or stability? Definitely spontaneity! My life gets pretty crazy and has NO regular schedule.
My future husband/wife must have ...
patience, goals, and a sense of humor.
What do you wear to bed? Soccer shorts and shin guards (you never know).
If your life was a movie, name a song on the soundtrack: "I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas.
Best date movie? Love Actually.
Favorite movie line? "Life is not the amount of breaths you take. It's the moments that take your breath away," from Hitch.
If your life was to be turned into a motion picture, who would play you? Adam Sandler. Everyone says I look like him. I don't see it.
Movie that best describes your life? Up in the Air because I have to fly so much, and it's usually alone.
Favorite type of movie? I'm a sucker for a romantic comedy where the funny guy gets the girl.
Have you ever written a love poem? Indeed I have.
Feelings on PDA?
All for it. Just don't get disgusting on me.
If I could live in another decade, it would be ...
the '50s. I would LOVE to have witnessed the birth of rock 'n' roll music.
What's your idea of happily ever after?
A great wife and three daughters. Every night coming home to my castle to take care of my four princesses.
Does chivalry still exist? You better believe it.
I like to set the mood by ... sharing a sunset and a cocktail on the balcony at my house.
The most romantic thing I ever did was ... rent out a huge club and empty it so I could have one slow dance with a girl.

 

 

DESIREE ELLISON

Age: 24
City: Chesapeake
Occupation: Graduate Student
(Old Dominion University)


Kids? If yes, how many?
None!
Ever been married? No.
Length of longest relationship: 2 years.
I could not live without ... my dogs and my energy.
First thing you notice when you meet someone? Their TEETH!
Where do you go for dating advice? Mom … and that's really working out for me.
One guilty pleasure? Saturday morning cartoons.
My future husband/wife must have ...
the energy to keep up with me and the ability to always make me smile.
What do you wear to bed? Tank top and boy shorts.
If your life was a movie, name a song on the soundtrack: "Poison" by Bell Biv DeVoe.
Front or back row of the theater? Why? Neither—the smell of a theater gags me, and it's as cold as a meat locker!
If your life was to be turned into a motion picture, who would play you? Kate Hudson because she is cute, quirky and always plays someone fun!
Movie that best describes your life? 27 Dresses.
Watch it on the big screen or at home?
At home! Netflix baby!
Flowers and candy. Total snore or never go out of style?
Flowers die and candy gets eaten or stale. What is romantic about that?
Have you ever written a love poem?
I can't even spell without spell check, let alone rhyme something in succession.
Feelings on PDA? Be proud to be with me, but don't make others gag while doing it.
Modern or vintage?
A good mix of both! Lady Gaga meets Lucille Ball.
If I could live in another decade, it would be ...
1950s. I would be Lucy's best friend. Watch out Ethel!
What's your idea of happily ever after?
Reaching all of my goals while having the man of my dreams there to applaud me at the end.
Does chivalry still exist?
No, but that's because most women don't act like they deserve it anymore.
I like to set the mood by ...practicing the hula hoops on Wii Fit.
The most romantic thing I ever did was ... watched the 4th of July fireworks on the roof of Hits at the Park.

 

JASON FEDIDA

Age: 30
City: Virginia Beach
Occupation: Military/Scuba Instructor


Kids? If yes, how many?
No.
Ever been married? No.
Length of longest relationship:
6 months.
I could not live without ... Slurpees. Don't judge me—they are man's greatest invention. Fire is also good though.
Spontaneity or stability?
A little of both. Being spontaneous isn't much fun without a place to come home to afterwards.
What do you wear to bed?
Fuzzy bunny slippers and boxers.
If your life was a movie, name a song on the soundtrack: "Nothin' but a Good Time" by Poison.
Get there for previews or arrive as the lights dim?
Previews, definitely. How else am I gonna know 90 percent of what's gonna happen in future movies?
Best date movie? Notting Hill, and that's all I have to say about that.
Movie that best describes your life?
Twilight; I used to have bad teeth. 
Favorite type of movie?
Action/adventure or comedy.
Watch it on the big screen or at home? IMAX 3D baby.
Flowers and candy. Total snore or never go out of style? Always in style unless she is allergic to candy or flowers, and then it is much funnier.
Have you ever written a love poem?
Nope. Line three of my man card prevents me from doing so. 
Feelings on PDA?
Light PDA is ok but no porn star stuff.
Modern or vintage?
Vintage definitely. Things today are mass produced and don't have the same character as older stuff.
James Bond or Casanova?
Bond ... a man's man and good with the ladies.
If I could live in another decade, it would be ... 1850—pre-Civil War but still Wild West. You know a decade isn't a very long time to live.
What's your idea of happily ever after? Finding someone that I look forward to waking up next to every day and who lights up my life. That's all.
Does chivalry still exist? Yep, a lady deserves to be treated as such.
The most romantic thing I ever did was ... painted my girlfriend's name on an overpass or when I drove through a snow storm to bring a girl I was dating some candy when she was having a bad day.

 

 

WENDY GRIFFITH

Age: 45
City:
Virginia Beach
Occupation: Television News Anchor/Reporter (CBN TV)


Kids? If yes, how many?
No.
Ever been married?
No.
Length of longest relationship: 2 years. I could not live without ... chocolate and exercise—both give you endorphins!
First thing you notice when you meet someone?
Their eyes, smile and handshake.
Worst excuse you have given to get out of a date?
I don't try to get out of dates.
Where do you go for dating advice?
My sisters, friends and the Bible.
One guilty pleasure?
Sleeping in late.
My future husband/wife must have ... a love of God and adventure.
If your life was a movie, name a song on the soundtrack: "Just Believe!" 
Front or back row of the theater? Why?
Middle—it's just right.
Get there for previews or arrive as the lights dim? I like the previews but usually get there just as the movie is starting.
Best date movie? Serendipity— John Cusack is fantastic in this movie about following your heart and being passionate!
Favorite movie line?
"Paris is always a good idea." from Sabrina.
If your life was to be turned into a motion picture, who would play you?
Kate Winslet.
Movie that best describes your life? Sabrina— it's about being transformed and realizing what you really want.
Favorite type of movie? Romantic comedy.
Have you ever written a love poem? Once, a long time ago. It was not very good but it did rhyme.
If I could live in another decade, it would be ...
the '50s. I loved all the dancing they did back then.
What's your idea of happily ever after?
Falling in love and staying in love.
Does chivalry still exist? Yes— I think it's making a comeback.
The most romantic thing I ever did was ... tba (still to come).

 

MIKE D'ORSO

Age:
56
City: Norfolk
Occupation: Writer


Kids? If yes, how many? One (I'm certain).
Ever been married? Yes.
Length of longest relationship: 14 years. I could not live without ... books and Blow Pops.
My future husband/wife must have ... set up shop on another planet because I can't imagine she exists on this one.
What do you wear to bed? A big smile.
If your life was a movie, name a song on the soundtrack: Sorry, gotta cover the bases with three: "Such Great Heights" by Iron & Wine, "It's All Right" by Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions" and "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" by Bob Dylan.
Front or back row of the theater? Why? Neither—I prefer midway up, on the aisle. (I like the leg room; I'm 6'1.")
Get there for previews or arrive as the lights dim? I used to love previews, 'til they added all this extraneous garbage (Toyota commercials, promos for the new season of The Bachelorette, ads for Skittles). So now it's when the lights dim.
Favorite movie line? A tie between "Coffee's for closers only." from Glengarry Glen Ross and "The Dude abides." from The Big Lebowski.
If your life was to be turned into a motion picture, who would play you? Steve Buscemi, Bruce Lee or LeBron James.
Movie that best describes your life? Aguirre, the Wrath of God.
Have you ever written a love poem? No. I leave that to Leonard Cohen. But I can lay down a nice haiku.
Modern or vintage? T-Birds: vintage … Fiction: modern … Baseball jerseys: vintage … Architecture: modern … R&B and the Blues: vintage 'old school.'
If I could live in another decade, it would be ... The 2090s—that would put me over 130 years old, which I believe would give me the world record as oldest person ever. That would be so cool, don't you think, to actually hold a world record in something, anything?
Does chivalry still exist? By all means … and it's not limited to men. I like to set the mood by ... doing three minutes of "Riverdance" before I open the door—just enough to break a nice sweat. Then put some Damien Rice on the jukebox.

 

NAOMA DORIGUZZI

Age: 33
City: Virginia Beach
Occupation: Technology Coordinator


Kids? If yes, how many? 2 boys.
Ever been married? Yes.
Length of longest relationship: 10 years. I could not live without ... my MacBook Pro, camera and BlackBerry.
One guilty pleasure? Chips and dip.
Spontaneity or stability? Stability.
If your life was a movie, name a song on the soundtrack: "Please Remember" by LeAnn Rimes.
Front or back row of the theater? Why? I like the back row—most comfortable.
Get there for previews or arrive as the lights dim? Previews. I like to see what's new and coming soon.
Best date movie? The Notebook.
Favorite movie line? "Show me the money." from Jerry Maguire.
If your life was to be turned into a motion picture, who would play you? Lucy Liu.
Movie that best describes your life? Not sure about a movie, but Friends the TV show is what I think I can relate to the most.
Favorite type of movie? Comedy! If you can make me laugh, then I am in love. Watch it on the big screen or at home? I prefer home.
Flowers and candy. Total snore or never go out of style? Snore!
Have you ever written a love poem? Nope. Feelings on PDA? Eww!
Modern or vintage? Modern. James Bond or Casanova? Definitely James Bond.
If I could live in another decade, it would be ... the '90s—do over! I would have started my career much sooner instead of playing around and bought houses much younger.
What's your idea of happily ever after? Spending time with my two boys and relaxing. I like to set the mood by ... listening to country music.
The most romantic thing I ever did was ... drove more than 3,000 miles all by myself to be with someone I loved.

 

IAN WOODS

Age: 33
City: Chesapeake
Occupation: Financial Advisor/Retirement Planner


Kids? If yes, how many? Yes, 1.
Ever been married? No.
Length of longest relationship: 6 years. I could not live without ... air. Water. Food. Ok, seriously, my grill, of which I am a master. 
First thing you notice when you meet someone? Their eyes and their smile.
Worst excuse you have given to get out of a date? Do guys actually do that?
Where do you go for dating advice? Not that she's very helpful, but I'd have to say my sister.
One guilty pleasure? I have no guilt about it—video games. And peanut butter toast.
My future husband/wife must have ... tolerance (she'll need it) and a great sense of humor. As for my husband, I'd like him to have a flair for the dramatic. 
What do you wear to bed? Nothing.
Get there for previews or arrive as the lights dim? Early if I can help it—sucks to miss the beginning of the movie. Also, I like to avoid tripping up the stairs.
Best date movie? Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
If your life was to be turned into a motion picture, who would play you? Jack Black.
Movie that best describes your life? Big Trouble in Little China.
Flowers and candy. Total snore or never go out of style? Candy—snore. Nothing says "I want you to get diabetes" like a big box of candy. Flowers never out of style, but they have to be sent for no reason. Feelings on PDA? I'm ok with it as long as it's not while we're visiting grandma in the retirement home. Vintage or Modern? What are we talking about here? Wine? Vintage. Flat-screen TV? Modern. James Bond or Casanova? They are both womanizers. But I'm gonna go with James Bond so I can play with all the cool gadgets.
What's your idea of happily ever after? Boy gets girl.
Does chivalry still exist? Yes, and it shall be lavished upon the fair maiden who fits this glass slipper. I like to set the mood by ... doing a strip tease to the Thundercats theme song.

 

CINDY MURPHY

Age: 42
City: Virginia Beach
Occupation: Contractor, Homeland Security


Kids? If yes, how many? Yes, 2.
Ever been married? Yes.
Length of longest relationship: 12 years. I could not live without ... the three P's: prayer, people and pizza.
Worst excuse you have given to get out of a date? My best friend has an emergency and she needs my help.
One guilty pleasure? Skinny dipping at night.
Spontaneity or stability? Why can't I have both? Is there such a thing as stable spontaneity?
My future husband/wife must have ... A PULSE!
What do you wear to bed? Where's the bed located—Rome or Iceland?
If your life was a movie, name a song on the soundtrack: "Soak up the Sun" by Sheryl Crow.
Get there for previews or arrive as the lights dim? Previews. I like to be aware of my surroundings.
Best date movie? Sleepless in Seattle.
Favorite movie line? "Get busy living or get busy dying." from The Shawshank Redemption.
If your life was to be turned into a motion picture, who would play you? Salma Hayek. She's got the look, spice and attitude! Viva Mexico!
Movie that best describes your life? While you Were Sleeping.
Favorite type of movie? In the summer: action/adventure; in the winter: modern romantic comedy.
Have you ever written a love poem? Yes, but please don't make me recite it to you. Feelings on PDA? First base, OK ... an occasional steal to second, OK ... but no home runs. There's a time and place for everything.
Modern or vintage? Modern-day life with vintage love.
What's your idea of happily ever after? Being able to sit with the love of my life when I am old and gray and have a great conversation without saying a single word. I like to set the mood by ... determining the intent, choosing a venue and donning the perfect outfit.
The most romantic thing I ever did was ... got dressed up for a date and ended up sitting on the tailgate with cocktails and conversation as we watched the moon go across the sky and greet the morning's dawn.

 

STEVE GEBARA

Age: 34
City: Virginia Beach
Occupation: Senior Engineering Technician/ Military Trainer


Kids? If yes, how many? Yes, 3 little angels.
Ever been married? Yes.
Length of longest relationship: 11 years. I could not live without ... my CrackBerry! I have it hooked up to an IV in my arm.
First thing you notice when you meet someone? Attitude—how are they carrying themselves? Are they smiling? Are they confident? Moody?
One guilty pleasure? Quick overnight trips to Atlantic City for Texas Hold'em games.
Spontaneity or stability? Spontaneity! Only stable where it matters—home and finances. My future wife must have ... her own life. I believe it's the combination of our lives that will make us complete. That means her own friends, finances and hobbies.
If your life was a movie, name a song on the soundtrack: "The Song That Never Ends" from Lamb Chop's Play-Along.
Get there for previews or arrive as the lights dim? Arrive as the lights dim—have to enjoy a quick meal or drink right before we get there.
Best date movie? One that makes you think, laugh and cry. The one that did that for me was Seven Pounds.
If your life was to be turned into a motion picture, who would play you? Don Cheadle. His emotional range is amazing.
Movie that best describes your life? 50 First Dates. Have to treat each moment as if it's that special.
Favorite type of movie? Psychological thrillers. Feelings on PDA? I demand it. Just not over the top, but definitely smooches and hand holding. James Bond or Casanova? James Bond. The perfect combo of debonair, gregarious, exciting and romantic. Keeps the ladies' hearts pumping.
If I could live in another decade, it would be ... the '80s! Big hair, drive-in movies, G.I. Joe lessons and the DeLorean? Take me back there any time!
Does chivalry still exist? Yes. Best part about it is that it's not as common, so chivalrous men stand out in the crowd. You have to take advantage of that. I like to set the mood by ... being extra attentive, getting real close and becoming very soft-spoken. You have the opportunity to tune in to all five senses.
The most romantic thing I ever did was ... created a short movie of our pregnancy, welcoming my first boy.

 

LISA M. VANTERPOOL

Age: 25
City: Norfolk
Occupation: Special Events Coordinator


Kids? If yes, how many? No.
Ever been married? No.
Length of longest relationship: 1 year. I could not live without ... traveling. It's the best way to learn about yourself, other cultures and put your life into perspective.
First thing you notice when you meet someone? I'm a tall girl, especially when I put on my heels, so I tend to notice height first.
Worst excuse you have given to get out of a date? I've never given an excuse to get out of a date. Bad dates make some of the best stories.
Where do you go for dating advice? Single guy friends. I love my girls but men are extremely honest and blunt.
One guilty pleasure? Semi-Annual Sale at Victoria's Secret.
Spontaneity or stability? Spontaneity when it comes to new adventures, traveling, and not getting into the rut of day-to-day stuff. Stability when it comes to the basics like job and bills.
What do you wear to bed? See answer to guilty pleasure.
If your life was a movie, name a song on the soundtrack: "Free Fallin'." by Tom Petty. The opening line is me in a nutshell and it reminds me to just let go.
Get there for previews or arrive as the lights dim? Seeing as how I'm a little afraid of the dark (don't judge), I prefer getting there super early.
Favorite movie line? "Flirting is a woman's trade. One must keep in practice." from Becoming Jane.
Favorite type of movie? I'm going to be the girly girl that I am and say romantic comedies. Love and laughter AND everything works out in the end—come on, who doesn't want that? Watch it on the big screen or at home? I'm an extrovert and love feeling the energy of watching a movie with a big crowd.
Flowers and candy. Total snore or never go out of style? I can guarantee you that no one loves flowers more than me. They NEVER go out of style. Candy is kinda out. Besides, half of Americans are on a diet anyway.
Have you ever written a love poem? Yes, but it's a lot more fun being the muse.
If I could live in another decade, it would be ... 1920s. I always wanted to be a flapper.
What's your idea of happily ever after? Marriage, traveling, living abroad and having lots of sex and babies. I like to set the mood by: Candles, candles everywhere. Everyone looks sexy in candlelight.

 

BARAN HILL

Age: 28
City: Norfolk
Occupation: Internet Business Branding/Fundraiser


Kids? If yes, how many? None, but I would love a whole entourage when the time comes.
Ever been married? Nope.
Length of longest relationship: 2 years. I could not live without ... hope.
First thing you notice when you meet someone? Hair, eye contact, nails.
Worst excuse you have given to get out of a date? None. I don't flake.
Where do you go for dating advice? My older brother and my mom.
One guilty pleasure? Mexican food ALL THE TIME.
My future husband/wife must have ... a good work ethic and be organized (only because I am not the most organized).
What do you wear to bed? Whatever I'm wearing at the time if I'm that tired.
If your life was a movie, name a song on the soundtrack: Movie: Legend, soundtrack done by Tangerine Dream. Song of choice: "Legends Can Be More Than Heroes."
Front or back row of the theater? Why? Wherever I can kick my legs up.
Best date movie? Date Movie— that's too easy! Haha.
If your life was to be turned into a motion picture, who would play you? Chuck Norris, who else?
Movie that best describes your life? Yes Man. Watch it on the big screen or at home? Big screen. Don't watch TV.
Flowers and candy. Total snore or never go out of style? Out of style. Take the woman shopping.
Have you ever written a love poem? I can neither confirm nor deny. Feelings on PDA? I like to keep my activities behind the scenes.
Modern or vintage? Mix and match. James Bond or Casanova? Was told Casanova at a very young age. Never quite understood.
Does chivalry still exist? Open a door for a woman even if you have to race her to the door. It's funny if you have to race her anyway. I like to set the mood by ... taking off my pants.

 

VALERIE ROSE WAITE

Age: 33
City: Chesapeake
Occupation: National Vice President (Arbonne International)


Kids? If yes, how many? Yes, one precious little boy—he is almost 3.
Ever been married? Yes, briefly.
Length of longest relationship: 3 years. I could not live without ... my faith, my family and friends and my GPS!
First thing you notice when you meet someone? Their personality and what their eyes say about them.
Worst excuse you have given to get out of a date? I broke my pinky toe.
Where do you go for dating advice? My friends and my mom—who else?
One guilty pleasure? Homemade lattes.
Spontaneity or stability? You definitely need a great balance of both!
My future husband/wife must have ... a good heart and good work ethic.
What do you wear to bed? Hmmm … that's a secret.
If your life was a movie, name a song on the soundtrack: "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz. Front or back row of the theater? Back row because you can put your feet up.
Get there for previews or arrive as the lights dim? Previews—that is the best part! 
Best date movie? Definitely a comedy—I love to laugh.
If your life was to be turned into a motion picture, who would play you? Sandra Bullock.
Movie that best describes your life? There's Something About Mary.
Favorite type of movie? I'm a sucker for comedy or action movies. Watch it on the big screen or at home? Both—sometimes you need to go out and sometimes you need to stay in and snuggle!
Flowers and candy. Total snore or never go out of style? Are you kidding me? Never out of style!
Have you ever written a love poem? None that I want to claim. Feelings on PDA? Great, as long as doesn't involve the cops.
Modern or vintage? Modern style, vintage values.
What's your idea of happily ever after? Best friends together for life's journey— putting the other's happiness first and loving the heck out of each other!
Does chivalry still exist? I am still holding out. I like to set the mood by ... cooking a romantic gourmet dinner and eating it together outside.
The most romantic thing I ever did was ... call my boyfriend's mom and get his favorite dish's recipe and make it for him.

 

JESSE WELSCH

Age: 27
City: Virginia Beach
Occupation: Workplace Solutions Consultant


Kids? If yes, how many? None.
Ever been married? Nope.
Length of longest relationship: 2 1/2 years. I could not live without ... the ocean or my iPhone.
First thing you notice when you meet someone? Teeth. Without fail.
Where do you go for dating advice? VH1.
One guilty pleasure? VH1.
Spontaneity or stability? Stability will last a lifetime, but you need moments of spontaneity or else things just get boring.
My future husband/wife must have ... a passionate drive for success in all aspects of life.
What do you wear to bed? Underwear— boxer-briefs to be specific.
If your life was a movie, name a song on the soundtrack: "The Boss" by James Brown.
Best date movie? Thriller or suspense movies.
Favorite movie line? "I've got a bad feeling about this." from any Star Wars film.
If your life was to be turned into a motion picture, who would play you? Johnny Depp.
Movie that best describes your life? Peter Pan.
Favorite type of movie? Any movie that encourages thought and creativity. I don't feel that is a genre-specific quality. Watch it on the big screen or at home? At home on the couch or in bed. It's just more comfortable.
Flowers and candy. Total snore or never go out of style? Flowers and candy have a time and place I would say but are a bit uncreative for truly special occasions. Feelings on PDA? Anything that doesn't involve the tongue is alright I guess. James Bond or Casanova? James Bond. He is a world-class spy/assassin, travels the globe, has the coolest gadgets and cars and obviously has no problems with the ladies.
If I could live in another decade, it would be ... the '80s! It was the most bizarre renaissance the world has ever seen. Andy Warhol, The Cure, the birth of MTV, Studio 54, John Hughes— the list goes on and on.
What's your idea of happily ever after? A good woman, great kids and not another care in the world.
Does chivalry still exist? It looks a little different in modern society, but it absolutely does still exist. I like to set the mood by ... playing jazz flute.
The most romantic thing I ever did was ... waking up early when I was in high school and driving over to my girlfriend's house before class to put flowers on her porch for her to come out to in the morning. The end.

 

PAM MAJUMDAR

Age: 27
City: Hampton
Occupation: Civil Engineer by day; Athlete (gymnast and Fresh Meat Dominion Derby Girl) by night


Kids? If yes, how many? No.
Ever been married? Nope.
Length of longest relationship: 1 year and a few months. I could not live without ... the gym. I love the challenge of intense workouts.
Where do you go for dating advice? A longtime friend who is happily married and Cosmo magazine. It's a delicious combination of practical and deviant!
One guilty pleasure? I never feel guilty about pleasure.
My future husband/wife must have ... respect for others. I can't stand snide comments, whether about celebrities, my friends, or a stranger on the street.
What do you wear to bed? Tank top and boy shorts. 
If your life was a movie, name a song on the soundtrack: Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel."
Best date movie? The Princess Bride.
Favorite movie line? "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine." from Casablanca.
If your life was to be turned into a motion picture, who would play you? Vanessa Williams, because she plays strong women who don't put up with BS.
Movie that best describes your life? Flashdance. I'm a never-say-die dream chaser.
Favorite type of movie? I love classic Hollywood thrillers! Watch it on the big screen or at home? At home. It's cheaper and more relaxing.
Flowers and candy. Total snore or never go out of style? It can be a nice touch.
Have you ever written a love poem? Many (cringe). I was in high school, don't hold it against me! Feelings on PDA? Not opposed to it, but I've never been swept away enough to do it. James Bond or Casanova? James Bond. A little mystery is exhilarating.
What's your idea of happily ever after? Doing what I love surrounded by people who know and accept me for who I really am.
Does chivalry still exist? Definitely, but chivalry is one thing; sincerity is another. I like to set the mood by ... letting my hair down, relaxing and listening. I'll take simplicity over fire hazard any day.

 

AARON LESLIE

Age: 33
City: Virginia Beach
Occupation: Internet Marketing Firm President (Customer Magnetism)


Kids? If yes, how many? No.
Ever been married? No.
Length of longest relationship: 2 years. I could not live without ... my iPhone. I rely on that way too much!
Worst excuse you have given to get out of a date? I have a cold sore.
Where do you go for dating advice? Google. I work for an internet marketing firm ... I "Google" things.
One guilty pleasure? Only one, huh? I guess it would be Cheetos.
My future husband/wife must have ... a nice butt. Can I say that?
What do you wear to bed? Shorts and sometimes a T-shirt.
Front or back row of the theater? Why? I'm not much of a movie fan. However, front row if it's a game or a live show. As long as I can see everything I'm good.
Favorite movie line? Anything from Pulp Fiction. I don't think I should type that out. Haha.
If your life was to be turned into a motion picture, who would play you? Charlie Day. Ever seen It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia? I love that show!
Movie that best describes your life? High Fidelity. I'm not sure this describes my life 100 percent, but it is pretty good.
Favorite type of movie? I'm a big fan of indie movies. Scary, funny, documentaries, etc. Feelings on PDA? A little can go a long way. I can't stand people that are all over each other in public.
Modern or vintage? Depends on the item. Guitars, vintage. Furniture, modern. If I could live in another decade, it would ... depend on the age that I would be during that decade. Bon Jovi is my favorite band, so I would have to say the '80s, but then again, looking at today's fashions, I think I am already there.
What's your idea of happily ever after? Being comfortable with someone on a level that most would never understand.
Does chivalry still exist? I think so. I still hold doors open for ladies.
The most romantic thing I ever did was ... to fly across the country to L.A. to surprise my girlfriend. She had no idea that I was in town. All our friends kept it a secret until I showed up at the restaurant.

 

WENDY WALKER

Age: 41
City: Williamsburg
Occupation: Real Estate Agent


Kids? If yes, how many? 2 daughters, 10 and 5.
Ever been married? Yes.
Length of longest relationship: 9 years. I could not live without ... traveling!
Worst excuse you have given to get out of a date? I don't know the worst excuse, but I did break up with a guy I was dating because he wore K-mart sneakers ... I was in my 20s.
One guilty pleasure? Shopping at Tiffany & Co.
My future husband/wife must have ... common goals and a joyful heart.
What do you wear to bed? Not much.
Best date movie? The Hangover—hilarious!
Favorite movie line? "I'll have what she's having." from When Harry Met Sally.
If your life was to be turned into a motion picture, who would play you? Jennifer Garner.
Favorite type of movie? Comedy. Watch it on the big screen or at home? Big screen.
Flowers and candy. Total snore or never go out of style? I can live without the candy, but flowers never go out of style! Feelings on PDA? It's nice—but there is a limit.
Modern or vintage? A mixture of both. James Bond or Casanova? Bond.
If I could live in another decade, it would be ... the roaring '20s!
What's your idea of happily ever after? My happily ever after will be having a place in NYC and a place on the beach—and spending equal time at each. I smile just thinking about it!
Does chivalry still exist? Yes—but it is rare and should be appreciated. I like to set the mood by ... Pandora.com, a glass of wine, candles and shaving my legs!
The most romantic thing I ever did was ... take my boyfriend on a surprise trip to Las Vegas for his birthday.

 

DAVE WILLIAMS JR.

Age: 40
City: Chesapeake
Occupation: Head Golf Professional (Stumpy Lake Golf Course)


Kids? If yes, how many? No.
Ever been married? Never.
Length of longest relationship: 4 years.  I could not live without ... my iPod.
First thing you notice when you meet someone? Her smile and her shoes. You can tell so much about a person by the shoes they wear.
Worst excuse you have given to get out of a date? I can be brutally honest, so I don't make many excuses if I don't want to do something.
Where do you go for dating advice? Cosmo—all of my friends are idiots.
One guilty pleasure? Reality TV. Damn Snooki and The Situation.
My future husband/wife must have ... a ridiculous sense of humor.
What do you wear to bed? That all depends on what kind of night I had.
Front or back row of the theater? Why? In the back, you never know what's going to happen.
Best date movie? Any comedy. I have to know what kind of humor she likes.
Favorite movie line? "Let me tell you this, the older you get the more rules they're gonna try to get you to follow. You just gotta keep livin' man, L-I-V-I-N." from Dazed and Confused.
If your life was to be turned into a motion picture, who would play you? In my mind Matthew McConaughey, but in reality it's probably David Spade.
Movie that best describes your life? Caddyshack. The stories I can tell from working at a golf course.
Have you ever written a love poem? No way. I am just not creative in that way.
Modern or vintage? Modern. You have to keep moving with the times. James Bond or Casanova? Bond of course. Girls, gadgets and martinis— it doesn't get any better.
What's your idea of happily ever after? I don't know if I even know what that means anymore, but as long as my wife and I were healthy, I would be happy.
Does chivalry still exist? It does, but most women don't appreciate it. I like to set the mood by ... switching it up, being creative and never predictable.

 

ELLE HEDDEN

Age:
51
City: Chesapeake
Occupation: Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist


Kids? If yes, how many?
No.
Ever been married? Yes.
Length of longest relationship: 11 years. I could not live without ... my two cats—Blueberry and Princess Anne.
First thing you notice when you meet someone? Their disposition and smile.
Worst excuse you have given to get out of a date? I have to cat sit tonight.
Where do you go for dating advice? Unfortunately, I have asked the wrong people for dating advice—friends that have been married several times.
One guilty pleasure? Luxurious facial products.
Spontaneity or stability? Spontaneity for sure.
My future husband/wife must have ... a strong, loving, understanding disposition.
What do you wear to bed? Flannels in the winter and almost nothing in the summer.
If your life was a movie, name a song on the soundtrack: The theme to Armageddon—"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing."
Front or back row of the theater? Why? Front row of the theater. Because I don't want to miss a thing.
Get there for previews or arrive as the lights dim? Let's get there for the previews. I am never late!
If your life was to be turned into a motion picture, who would play you? Michelle Pfeiffer.
Movie that best describes your life? What's Up, Doc.
Favorite type of movie? Romantic and adventure. Watch it on the big screen or at home? Would prefer watching a movie at home over the big screen.
Flowers and candy. Total snore or never go out of style? Flowers and candy are a SNORE.
If I could live in another decade, it would be ... one without hesitation and worry.
What's your idea of happily ever after? Understanding, total commitment, tons of love, respect, good California red wine, food and each other forever!
Does chivalry still exist? I hope chivalry still exists. I like to set the mood by ... dim lighting, great smells of a homemade dinner and wine waiting for my loved one.

 

DAMIEN STEINER SMITH

Age: 32
City: Chesapeake
Occupation: Business Owner/Social Media Sensei


Kids? If yes, how many? 2, both have four legs though.
Ever been married? Yes! Experience is the best teacher.
Length of longest relationship:
5 years.
First thing you notice when you meet someone? A person's eyes and their willingness or unwillingness to look me in the eyes.
Where do you go for dating advice? When I'm trying to catch her, my most successful male friend. When I'm trying to keep her, my best female friend. When I'm trying to marry her, my mom or a mature female friend.
My future husband/wife must have ... a strong opinion about EVERYTHING, a desire to travel and try new things and an appreciation for how sexy she looks in a pair of stiletto heels.
Get there for previews or arrive as the lights dim? You have to see the previews. They usually give you something decent to talk about even if the movie itself doesn't.
Best date movie? Single White Female ... I'm kidding. Seriously, The Omen. There's nothing like bringing someone closer to me with a scary movie where the most terrifying character carries my name.
If your life was to be turned into a motion picture, who would play you? Jaleel White. Geek with a sexy alter ego! Not that geek isn't sexy or anything.
Favorite type of movie? Dramatic action with a mind-bending twist. Think The Matrix.
Flowers and candy. Total snore or never go out of style? Everything has its place. Nothing says "forgive me" after a screw up like flowers and candy.
Have you ever written a love poem? Yes, several. Feelings on PDA? If the affection is shared, share it! One of the best feelings in the world is to let the world see you're with someone you care about. Who cares what everyone else thinks?
If I could live in another decade, it would be ... the 1950s! It was the epitome of American style. Some amazing characters came out of the time period, as well as incredible cars and standout, classy fashion.
Does chivalry still exist? Without question. As a relatively old-fashioned guy, I think that it's femininity that is a dying art form. Women are becoming more independent— which is good—but less appreciative of men who go out of their way to be nice.
The most romantic thing I ever did was ... on one of my first deployments I wrote a book for my girlfriend. It was a journal filled with a chronicle of our relationship, my daily thoughts, poems drawings, souvenirs from my travels and pictures.

 

SULA KIM

Age: 32
City: Virginia Beach
Occupation: Anchor/Reporter (WVEC-TV13)


Kids? If yes, how many? None.
Ever been married? No.
Length of longest relationship: 4 years. I could not live without ... my Bible.
First thing you notice when you meet someone? Their smile.
Worst excuse you have given to get out of a date? I'm feeling sick.
Where do you go for dating advice? My best friend.
One guilty pleasure? Starbucks vanilla latte with whole milk, no foam ... every single day.
Spontaneity or stability? Spontaneity.
My future husband/wife must have ... good character.
What do you wear to bed? Tank top and shorts.
If your life was a movie, name a song on the soundtrack: "Freedom."
Front or back row of the theater? Why? Back, feels more private.
Get there for previews or arrive as the lights dim? Arrive as the lights dim.
Best date movie? The Notebook.
Favorite movie line? "Why didn't you write me?" from The Notebook.
If your life was to be turned into a motion picture, who would play you? Sandra Bullock.
Movie that best describes your life? Facing the Giants.
Favorite type of movie? Romantic comedy. Watch it on the big screen or at home? Big screen.
Flowers and candy. Total snore or never go out of style? Never go out of style.
Have you ever written a love poem? No.
Modern or vintage? Modern. James Bond or Casanova? James Bond.
If I could live in another decade, it would be ... the '60s so I could be a hippie.
What's your idea of happily ever after? Spending the rest of your life loving your partner and being loved.
Does chivalry still exist? Yes. I like to set the mood by ... lighting candles and jazz or bossa nova.
The most romantic thing I ever did was ... go on a hot air balloon ride at the crack of dawn. nHRM

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more articles like this one, see the October 2010 issue of Hampton Roads Magazine

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