Sensational Singles 2012

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Hampton Roads Singles

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Photography By David Uhrin, Lighting by Jim Pile
Hair and makeup: Elizabeth Paschall and Sarah Mintzer of Salon Vivace (www.salonvivace.com).

Mark Conway 
Age: 37
City: Norfolk
Occupation: Chef
Kids? If yes, how many? 4. 
Ever been married? Yes. 
Length of longest relationship: 10 years.
In the market for? Partner in crime--stealing every ounce of life we can.
Deal breakers? Smokers.
In high school, my senior superlative would have been? Most Likely to Cause a Ruckus.
Hidden talents? I used to custom picture frame.
What talent do you wish you had? Playing bass guitar.
If I could choose any career (money is no object), it would be ... cooking and creating new dishes.
Guilty pleasure? Taco Bell.
Favorite conversation starter? "I’m a chef." (It goes in all kinds of crazy directions from there.)
Favorite season in Hampton Roads and why? Fall. Love my jackets and the colors of the trees.
One thing I look forward to each week is ... my baby girls’ newest development.
Favorite smartphone app? Anything Google-related.
Most treasured possession? My knives.
What do you keep in the trunk of your car? Baby stuff.
Best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? I went as death a couple years back--red and black hair, black nails, lipstick and eyeliner. I felt like I was in a Tim Burton movie.
You have the option to control where all the tax money goes in Hampton Roads. Where do you send it? I’d start with education and the Foodbank and go from there.
What’s your signature dish to cook for a date? That would depend on her likes and dislikes, but it would always include my signature chocolate-dipped candied bacon. Yup--I said chocolate and bacon.
The secret to a great relationship is ... open, fearless communication.

The Foodie "My chef’s knives are the tools of my trade. And they make me look a little crazy. They also kind of mirror my personality--edgy, sharp and dangerous."


Andi Baldree 
Age: 39
City: Virginia Beach
Occupation: CEO, Enchanted Forest Nursery and Stone
Kids? If yes, how many? 3 boys; ages 9, 8 and 6.
Ever been married? Yes.
Length of longest relationship: 15 years.
In the market for? The perfect man ... for ME!
Deal breakers? Emotional immaturity and someone who doesn’t enjoy spending time with children.
In high school, my senior superlative would have been? Best Excuses.
What talent do you wish you had? Singing—although my shower does have amazing acoustics!
If I could give my younger self advice, I would tell her ... take it slower. Enjoy every moment given to you. Time goes too fast!
Guilty pleasure? Haribo Gummy Bears, Breyers Vanilla Ice Cream with real vanilla bean specks, Hershey’s Kisses ... should I keep going?
Favorite season in Hampton Roads and why? Fall! I love when the weather turns brisk and the leaves are changing colors. Although if you blink, you may miss it.
One thing I look forward to each week is ... dinner with my dad.
Favorite smartphone app? AutoRap.
Most treasured possession? A handwritten letter from my mother to her mother, shortly after my birth.
What do you keep in the trunk of your car? If I told you, I’d have to kill you!
Best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? A fully accessorized Monica Lewinsky!
If I were running for president, my winning campaign slogan would be ... Napoleon Dynamite said it best: "Vote for me and all of your wildest dreams will come true!"
You have the option to control where all the tax money goes in Hampton Roads. Where do you send it? Education!
What’s your signature dish to cook for a date? Chicken a la Andi—delish!
The secret to a great relationship is ... Fifty Shades of Grey and a great sense of humor.

The Gardener "My mother passed away years ago, and since her passing, each time I see a butterfly fluttering past, I like to think of it as my mother still with me."


Shane Carr 
Age: 30
City: Virginia Beach
Occupation: Commercial Banker
Kids? If yes, how many? No.
Ever been married? No.
Length of longest relationship: 1.5 years.
In the market for? A good gal.
Deal breakers? Narcissism and poor listeners.
In high school, my senior superlative would have been? I was voted Most Likely to Look Like Kevin Bacon in college, but I didn’t (and still don’t) understand that one.
What talent do you wish you had?  An ability to run really fast. I’m talking Olympic 100m speed.
If I could give my younger self advice, I would tell him ... find your passion early.
If I could choose any career (money is no object), it would be ... college or professional basketball coach.
Guilty pleasure? Gummy bears.
Favorite conversation starter? "Hi."
Favorite season in Hampton Roads and why? Summer ... because it’s summer.
One thing I look forward to each week is ... banter with coworkers.
Most treasured possession? A few items that belonged to my dad—not a singular possession, but you get the point.
What do you keep in the trunk of your car? Some CDs, a tennis racket and tennis balls.
Best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? I personally enjoyed going with my friend as Bill and Bob Swerksi, two of "Da Bears Superfans."
If I were running for president, my winning campaign slogan would be ... "Really? You’re going to vote for that guy? Suit yourself."
You have the option to control where all the tax money goes in Hampton Roads. Where do you send it? Education system.
What’s your signature dish to cook for a date? It would most likely be some sort of pasta with seafood.
The secret to a great relationship is ... communication.
Best date spot in Hampton Roads? Zoës.

The Fan "I love the sport of basketball. I watch and attend as many games as possible--I grew up loving and playing it, and nothing has changed."


Emily Thompson 
Age: 29
City: Portsmouth
Occupation: Family Case Manager, ForKids
Kids? If yes, how many? No.
Ever been married? No.
Length of longest relationship: 3 years.
In the market for? A hot stud that makes me laugh and likes good music.
Deal breakers? Farting and not owning up to it. Terrible sense of fashion but doesn’t dress better than me. Insecurity about my height. Men with cats.
In high school, my senior superlative would have been? I actually did get the superlative of Class Clown in high school.
If I could give my younger self advice, I would tell her ... 2012 is nothing like how it’s portrayed in Back to the Future. Also—listen to your parents. They do know what they are talking about sometimes.
If I could choose any career (money is no object), it would be ... Photographer for National Geographic.
Favorite conversation starter? "Let’s ditch this popsicle stand." 
Favorite season in Hampton Roads and why? I actually have two—summer and fall. Summer because I love going to the beach and fall because I love layering up. I’m big into fashion.
Favorite smartphone app? Pimp My Hair.
Most treasured possession? My car. It’s just a Yaris, but I love driving. It’s my escape.
What do you keep in the trunk of your car? A tent, sleeping bag, a Jesus candle, umbrella and a gas can (never know when you’ll have that spur of the moment camping trip).
Best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? Homemade Pac Man ghost.
You have the option to control where all the tax money goes in Hampton Roads. Where do you send it? The agency I work for, ForKids. It could help expand the agency and do a lot for the families we work with and even help more families.
The secret to a great relationship is ... listening and adventure. Keeping the relationship lively keeps it going.

The Dreamer "I have been collecting snow globes since I was 18 years old. I pick one up wherever I visit, and I have friends and family pick them up for me whenever they travel somewhere. Collecting these small objects with a new and different world inside them makes me smile."


Dora E. Teal 
Age: 30
City: Suffolk
Occupation: Human Resources
Kids? If yes, how many? No.
Ever been married? No.
Length of longest relationship: 3.5 years.
In the market for? Dating and great conversation.
Deal breakers? Lack of ambition, poor oral hygiene and dishonesty.
In high school, my senior superlative would have been? Most Talkative.
Hidden talents? Drawing and painting.
What talent do you wish you had? Belly dancing.
If I could give my younger self advice, I would tell her ... ignore what others say. Follow your heart’s desire.
If I could choose any career (money is no object), it would be ... food critic. I would love to travel and eat great food.
Guilty pleasure? A glazed Krispy Kreme donut—only when the "Hot" sign is on.
Favorite conversation starter? "Where are you from?" It’s a true oldie but goodie.
Favorite season in Hampton Roads and why? Fall. It’s not too hot and not too cold. It’s a great time to go to Mount Trashmore and see the leaves change.
One thing I look forward to each week is ... surprisingly, work. I have chosen a profession I am truly passionate about, and I love it.
Favorite smartphone app? Wordfeud.
Most treasured possession? Bentley, my shih-poo.
What do you keep in the trunk of your car? A spare pair of black pumps--a true staple in every woman’s wardrobe.
Best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? Pocahontas. If I were running for president, my winning campaign slogan would be ... "Teamwork makes the dream work."
You have the option to control where all the tax money goes in Hampton Roads. Where do you send it? My tires say the roads, but my heart says our schools.
What’s your signature dish to cook for a date? Roasted chicken, broccoli, new potatoes and a glass of riesling.
The secret to a great relationship is ... honest and uninhibited communication.
Best date spot in Hampton Roads? Still, Portsmouth.

The Charmer "Bentley is my most treasured possession. He brings me joy and happiness on a daily basis, and I can’t imagine not having him. I just think Bentley and I are the total package!