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Issue Date: February 2006 Issue


20 Sexy Singles

Cynthia Kaplan, 48
Occupation: Senior account executive

Why she's hot: She's a sleek redhead who works out five days a week but isn't afraid to admit a preference for steak over tofu.

FAVORITE ... Cleveland bar: Red the Steakhouse Movie: Anything with Julia Roberts or any black-and-white romantic flick TV show: "Desperate Housewives" Guilty pleasure: Chocolate Body part on a man: Eyes

FIRST ... Job: Sales associate at a men's clothing store at age 13 Crush: "Jeff" Car: 1975 Pontiac Grand Prix Time you realized life wasn't fair: "I was probably a teenager."

TAKE 5 ... Three things on your nightstand: A photo of me and a platonic male friend at the park, the last issue of Cleveland Magazine and "Jim Cramer's Real Money" Item of clothing we'll never see you in: "My flannel pajamas, but the Solon Fire department has already seen me that way." Your awkward stage: "My early 20s, because I got married young and thought I knew what love was about." Sex or cuddle: "Both, because I wouldn't want to have the sex without the cuddling, and a lot of cuddling may eventually lead to sex." I'd rather be ... 25 again.

HONESTLY, WHY ARE YOU SINGLE? "I'm looking for a mate, not a date. And a R.I.C.H. man (Refined, Intelligent, Charming, Handsome, does not constitute monetary wealth)."

Stacey Bell, 36
Occupation: Anchor, Fox 8

Why she's hot: "She's smokin'" announced a friend upon hearing of the upcoming interview. Not very politically correct, but you can't argue with the sentiment.

FAVORITE - Cleveland bar: XO Movie: "Steel Magnolias" or "Coal Miner's Daughter" Book: Anything by Kimberla Lawson Roby CD: Anything by Jill Scott Guilty pleasures: Butter pecan ice cream, hot fudge cakes Body part on a man: Butt

FIRST - Job: Behind the cosmetics counter in ninth grade Crush: Michael Jackson Car: Pontiac Grand Am Time you realized life wasn't fair: "In high school, when some girls who didn't like me poured paint over my car."

TAKE 5 - Three things on your nightstand: Hand lotion, lip balm and Oprah Magazine Item of clothing we'll never see you in: "I'm pretty secure about my body. I'd wear about anything." Three people, living or dead, you'd love to have dinner with: My grandmother, Bill Clinton (from my home state of Arkansas) and Oprah Winfrey How do you stay healthy" Aerobics and Pilates Something that bugs you about society: "Our obsession with celebrity " and I'm just as bad as everyone else."

HONESTLY, WHY ARE YOU SINGLE? "I don't think I've met the person God intended for me yet, and I've grown content as a single woman for right now."

David Conforti, 36
Occupation: PGA golf pro at Blue Heron Golf Club

Why he's hot: Along with a good round on the green, he loves jazz music. He attended military school and lived all over the world while working as a diplomat.

FAVORITE - Cleveland bar: The Chop House, Tequila Ranch, Shooters and Johnny's Movie: "Caddyshack" Book: "A Prayer for Owen Meany" by John Irving TV show: "Seinfeld" CD: "Genius Loves Company," by Ray Charles Guilty pleasures: Sex, chocolate, Sweet Tarts and bachelor food Body part on a woman: Legs

FIRST- Job: Making vaulting poles in my dad's factory Crush: "At age 6 it was Rachel who was a foot and a half taller than I was. But at age 7 it was Marie Osmond." Car: A hand-me-down Subaru that defined "lemon" Time you realized life wasn't fair: First busted relationship at age 20

TAKE 5 - Have you ever gotten in a bar fight? "No, but I've gotten in the middle of a cat fight." Your former nickname: "They called me 'Square Britches' in college because that's how my butt looked." Your favorite drink: Double anything Favorite drink when someone else is buying: Love potion No. 9 Your awkward stage: "My entire adolescence. I went to an all-male Catholic high school, had a 10:30 curfew and my mom dressed me. It was sad."

HONESTLY, WHY ARE YOU SINGLE? "If I knew why I was single, I wouldn't be. But I think I've lived in too many places to have a successful long-term relationship."

Chloe Hopson, 38
Occupation: Founder and director of Passport Project, a "nonprofit, literacy-based arts education company"

Why she's hot: She's quirky and self-deprecating, a dancer with a throaty, heartfelt chuckle.

Favorite - Cleveland bar: Sarava, the new Brazilian restaurant in Shaker Square Movie: "Baraka"

Book: "The Essential Rumi" by Coleman Barks CD: One by Jeremy Bleich and Andy Stoltz, local loud and laptop musicians Guilty pleasures: Organic dark chocolate Body part on a man: Eyes

First - Job: Desk clerking at hotels in Santa Barbara, Calif. Crush: "A squirrel I fed when I was 4" Car: Dodge Dart Time you realized life wasn't fair: "When I was 2."

TAKE 5 - Three things on your nightstand: "The Subject Tonight is Love: 60 Wild and Sweet Poems of Hafiz" and "The Art of Being and Becoming," by Hazrat Inayat Khan, and Burt's Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand creme. (A trait in yourself that you wish others appreciated more (and that your friends secretly can't stand): "My love for avant-garde music." Your former nickname: "Sasquatch until I grew into my feet. These days, "Flower Child" for my idealism." Sex or cuddle: "Do I have to choose'" I'd rather be ' scuba diving.

Honestly, why are you single? "I'm very into my work and I don't socialize much outside of it. Also, I'm very independent."

John Farina, 37
Occupation: Director of development for the Beck Center

Why he's hot: He's cultured, refined and comfortable with his sexuality. And he's been in a real bar fight. What's not to like?

FAVORITE - Cleveland bar: Twist, a gay bar on the border of Cleveland and Lakewood, and Three Birds in Lakewood Movie: "The Shawshank Redemption" TV show: "St. Elsewhere" CD: John Digweed in Los Angeles Guilty Pleasures: "Watching cartoons " "Kim Possible" is my favorite." Body Part: Face

FIRST - Job: Busboy Crush: A guy in class in junior high Car: 1979 Mercury Cougar Time you realized life wasn't fair: Very young age

TAKE 5 - How do you stay healthy? "I look both ways before crossing the street." Three people, living or dead, you'd love to have dinner with: Harvey Milk, Martha Stewart and Johnny Carson A trait in others that makes you cringe" Lack of common sense In yourself" Road rage I'd rather be filthy rich

HONESTLY, WHY ARE YOU SINGLE? "I just haven't found the right person."

Bryan Karas, 23
Occupation: Arts pastor for the church sevenoseven (sevenoseven.com)

Why he's hot: He's our youngest single, but his resume already includes mission work in Italy and on a Navajo reservation, plus a seveno-seven CD on which he plays lead guitar.

FAVORITE - Cleveland bar: Old Angle on West 25th and Algebra Teahouse in Little Italy. Movie: "Almost Famous," the director's cut Book: "The Normal Christian Life" by Watchman Nee TV Show: "Arrested Development" CD: Sigur Ros "Takk" (an Icelandic group) Guilty Pleasures: Cap'n Crunch. And Woody Allen movies, but that's not guilt, I'm proud of that. Body part: Eyes

FIRST - Job: Arabica Crush: Kindergarten Car: A pink '92 Dodge Shadow Time you realized life wasn't fair: "Life isn't fair, but it's not about me - it's about God, so there's no way to answer."

TAKE 3: Three things on your nightstand: "A huge pile of books!" C.S. Lewis "The Problem of Pain, "Malcolm Gladwell's "Blink" and John Piper's "Desiring God." Three people, living or dead, you'd love to have dinner with: Christ, Watchman Nee and C.S. Lewis

How you stay healthy: "Top secret, don't print," he jokes, rattling off exercising, eating healthy and getting rest. Then he gets serious: "Really, I make sure to regularly have personal time alone from distraction when I can pray and meditate and be contemplative."

HONESTLY, WHY ARE YOU SINGLE? "Marriage is sacred. You marry someone when you make each other better people, and accomplish greater things in the world by being together. I'm not a dating guy, I'm looking for the one."

Betsy Kahl, 26
Occupation: A teacher in Great Lakes Theater Festival's education department

Why she's hot: A University of Notre Dame grad, she gets Shakespeare and plays the Vegas showgirl in Pickwick and Frolic's Midnight Martini Show.
FAVORITE - Cleveland bar: "The martini bar at Pickwick, because I'm there all the time." Movie: "The Last Unicorn" Book: Henry James' "The Portrait of a Lady" and Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" TV show: "I'm addicted to "Lost.'" CD: "Right now, I'm listening to Cat Stevens'

"Greatest Hits.'" Guilty pleasure: "I can't walk into a bookstore without buying something." Body part on a man: Hands

FIRST - Job: Malley's Ice Cream Parlor in North Olmsted Crush: Tom Gilbride, seventh grade Car: Honda Accord called "Big Blue" Time you realized life wasn't fair: "May '98, after my freshman year of college. My dad picked me up and told me his cancer was back."

TAKE 5 - Two words to describe your high school self: "Blissfully naive with probably a healthy amount of self-righteous arrogance. Your former nickname: "My dad called me Beaker Squeaker after the Muppet, Beaker. He used to follow around Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and do whatever the doctor told him. I was kind of like that with my brother." Sex or cuddle: Sex Something that really bugs you about society: "I really get bugged by people using the victim excuse." I'd rather be - challenged creatively all the time.

HONESTLY, WHY ARE YOU SINGLE? "I guess because I work so much and I haven't found a guy that can handle my schedule. I don't know ... you'll have to ask some of these guys ... maybe I overwhelm guys?"

Chandler Long, 25
Occupation: Med student

Why he's hot: A third-year medical student at Case, Long plans to become a neuro or cardiothoracic surgeon. Plus, he's looking to settle down.

FAVORITE - Cleveland bar: Fat Fish Blue Movie: "Coming to America" Book: "Black Rage" by Dr. William Grier and Dr. Price Cobbs TV show: "I don't get a chance to watch too much TV. I love the History Channel." CD: Any one of Jill Scott's CDs Guilty pleasure: Fried catfish Body part: Eyes

FIRST - Job: Sales associate at Sports Authority Crush: Stacy Dash in the movie "Mo' Money" Car: '85 Toyota Corolla. "It had a 750-pound weight limit. It was horrible." Time you realized life wasn't fair: "Elementary school. With my learning disability, it was real tough. I didn't learn to read until fifth grade."

TAKE 4 - Item of clothing we'll never see you in: "A plaid purple and yellow suit that takes the Steve Harvey wardrobe to another level." A trait in yourself that you wish others appreciated more (and that your friends secretly can't stand): "My high standards for myself and other people. I think some people don't really want to be held to those standards, so it makes it tough." Sex or cuddle: Sex I'd rather be - "a senator. I definitely want to effect change and empower people in some manner or fashion."

HONESTLY, WHY ARE YOU SINGLE? "I think it's a lot of things: No. 1, high standards. I'm looking for someone I can really sort of settle down with."

Emily Miller, 25
Occupation: Program manager for Broadway: A Community on the Move in Slavic Village

Why she's hot: Since she moved here four months ago, Miller has been promoting physical activity in the community through projects such as trails, bike paths and parks. She loves traveling and has worked in Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Bosnia.

FAVORITE - Cleveland bar: "I haven't lived long enough in Cleveland." Book: "There are too many books to have one favorite." TV show: "Grey's Anatomy" CD: "Oliver and Friends," by a Croatian musician Guilty pleasures: "I don't feel guilty about anything I enjoy. ... Guilt takes the pleasure out of it." Body part on a man: Eyes

FIRST - Job: Babysitting Crush: "It was in the sixth grade. His name was Colby." Car: 2000 Mercury LS. Time you realized life wasn't fair: "I am the oldest of four kids, so life was never fair."

TAKE 5 - A trait in others that makes you cringe: Poor grammar In yourself: "I'm an extreme introvert." Three people, living or dead, that you'd love to have dinner with: Jimmy Carter and his wife, writer and theologian Rita Nakashima Brock, and my granddad, Fritz, who I never met. Sex or cuddle: Cuddle I'd rather be - in Bosnia, in a town that I lived in about a year and a half ago. There's a 14th-century fort and it's on the top of a hill and there's a wall that you can sit on and look out over the countryside."

HONESTLY, WHY ARE YOU SINGLE? "There's nobody that's crossed my path that I've been wildly interested in. No one has asked me, other than the cat calls in the parking lot, but I don't pay attention to those."

Russell Lee, 37
Occupation: Photographer

Why he's hot: He's pinned the sexy/scruffy bike-messenger look, loves to mountain bike, and he's easy to please (sort of): "I just want to be with a motivated person who is driven to accomplish personal goals," he says.

FAVORITE - Cleveland bar: House of Cues Movie: "Amores Perros" (a Spanish film that translates to "Love is Blind") Book: "Blister Packs: A Love Bunni Press Collection" (short stories by various authors) TV show: "Law and Order" CD: Sun Kil Moon's "Tiny Cities" Body part on a woman: Hip bone area

FIRST - Job: Washing dishes in a pizza joint Crush: Patty in high school Car: Plymouth Champ Time you realized life wasn't fair: "I've always known this, but it hit home when my dad passed away two years ago."

TAKE 5 - A trait in others that makes you cringe: Being late In yourself: Procrastinating Your awkward stage: "It was long and went from about 14 to 21. I felt like I didn't know much about life, and I was a late bloomer." Have you ever gotten in a bar fight? Unfortunately, yes I'd rather be- a veterinarian. "I have three cats and love to help animals."

HONESTLY, WHY ARE YOU SINGLE? "It's just taken me a long time to grow up."

Jeff Relic, 25
Occupation: Mortgage broker, race car driver

Why he's a sexy single: For all those women who lusted after Tom Cruise in "Days of Thunder," Relic is a real-life Cole Trickle. He works his butt off during the week so he can race on weekends.

FAVORITE - Cleveland bar: Tramp (winter), Shooters (summer) Movie: "Ocean's 12" Book: "Built to Last" by Jim Collins TV show: "I really don't watch TV a whole lot. "Seinfeld" was my favorite show when that was on." CD: "Avenged Sevenfold but I'm not sure what the album is called." Body part on a woman: "I'm a boob guy."

FIRST - Job: It was at a nursery, a landscaping place. I was a laborer at age 14. Crush: Third grade. Her name was Jenny. Car: '95 Ford Mustang GT. Time you realized life wasn't fair: "A year and a half ago. I realized it's not the fastest driver that makes it, but the one with the most money."

TAKE 5 - Item of clothing we'll never see you in: A thong Is your bathtub spic and span right now? "When did my cleaning lady come? It's pretty clean, I'm kind of a neat freak." Have you ever gotten in a bar fight? Yes Your awkward stage: "My freshman year in college, I was trying to be something I wasn't a studious person." Sex or Cuddle: "Sex. I like both, but I'm definitely going to say sex. Does anyone honestly say cuddle?"

HONESTLY, WHY ARE YOU SINGLE? "Probably because I am so busy that I don't get much time to go out and meet people. - If I had a girl, I would have time to be in a relationship, but it takes a long time to meet a girl. ... I'm a speed freak. Maybe that's why I'm single?"

Lisa Pacanovsky, 28
Occupation: Human resources coordinator

Why she's hot: She volunteers, works on the social committee of the Cleveland Professional Twenty-Thirty Club, and knows how to make you feel special.

FAVORITE - Cleveland bar: Blind Pig or the Winking Lizard in Lakewood Movie: "National Lampoon's Van Wilder" Book: "Jemima J" by Jane Green TV Show: "Las Vegas" CD: TLC's "CrazySexyCool" Guilty pleasure: Ice cream. "If I've had a bad day I can come home, have some ice cream and everything is fine." Body part on a man: Smile

FIRST - Job: Making pizzas at Geppetto's Crush: A boy in second grade Car: Rusty, red 1991 Mercury Topaz Time you realized life wasn't fair: "During my first job, I realized people were not always so kind."

TAKE 5 - Item of clothing we'll never see you in: Spandex Name a trait in others that makes you cringe: Laziness In yourself: I'm very impatient. Two words to describe your high school self: Everybody's friend Have you ever gotten into a bar fight? "No. I've had a screaming match but no punches were thrown."

HONESTLY, WHY ARE YOU SINGLE? "Good question!"

Ben Miralia, 43
Occupation: Lawyer, Musca & Miralia

Why he's hot: Despite long work hours, he enjoys intense training for triathlons and finds time for his two sons Ben, 11, and Joe, 9.

FAVORITE - Cleveland bar: Velvet Tango Room Movie: "Casablanca" Book: "Lord of the Rings" trilogy TV show: "Seinfeld" CD: "Rum, Sodomy & the Lash" by The Pogues Guilty pleasures: Dark chocolate and truffles Body part on a woman: A cute butt FIRST - Job: Dishwasher at Manners Big Boy Crush: Mindy Kramer in grade school Car: Starfire hatchback Time you realized life wasn't fair: "When I was voted senior class president in high school, and the dean took it away from me because he didn't like me."

TAKE 5 - Two words to describe your high school self: "Class comedian and biggest flirt. I was good at both." A trait in others that makes you cringe: Name dropping and whining In yourself: "Pretending to know things I don't know anything about. I don't do it often, but if it happens, it's usually a disaster." How do you stay healthy? "How don't I? I swim, run, bike and try to cross-train in the winter with cross-country skiing and snowshoeing." I'd rather be - a high school English teacher.

HONESTLY, WHY ARE YOU SINGLE? "I've raised my standards."

Jesse Tinsley, 50
Occupation: Writer, The Plain Dealer

Why he's hot: He loves Flamenco music, red wine and reading; it all adds up to one smooth operator.

FAVORITE - Cleveland bar: NightTown or Mardi Gras Movie: "Seven Beauties" Book: "The Man Without Qualities" by Robert Musil TV show: "Seinfeld" CD: "Entre dos Aguas," a Flamenco CD by Paco de Lucia Guilty pleasures: Chocolate-covered cherries Body part on a woman: A finely crafted waistline

FIRST - Job: Door-to-door peanut brittle sales person in grade school Crush: My first-grade teacher Car: An eight-cylinder Dodge Charger, on which maybe two cylinders worked Time you realized life wasn't fair: "In grade school in Alabama when I went to a movie theater that divided the black and white kids from each other."

TAKE 5 - Three things on your nightstand: "I have about 300 things on my nightstand. Besides all the dust, I have a stack of books, a notepad, pencil." Your awkward stage: "I couldn't grow a full Afro in high school, and this malady rendered me less competitive than everyone else." Three people, living or dead, you'd love to have dinner with: Joaquin Rodrigo, a Spanish composer famous for Concierto de Aranjuez; George Clinton, a brilliant musician; and Robert Musil, who wrote "The Man Without Qualities" Sex or Cuddle: Both Something that really bugs you about society: "Our inability to deal with the predicaments of poverty and education problems."

HONESTLY, WHY ARE YOU SINGLE? "Because procrastination tends to spill into all aspects of my life."

Mark Schutte, 30
Occupation: Manager of publications, Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Cleveland

Why he's hot: He knows how to whip up seafood and pasta dishes, loves the Indians and Browns and likes to take his Labrador puppy, Riley, to the Metroparks.

FAVORITE - Cleveland bar: Tree House and Harbor Inn Movie: "Old School" Book: "Lord of the Rings" trilogy TV Show: "The Sopranos" CD: Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon" Guilty pleasure: Chocolate chip cookies Body part on a woman: Legs

FIRST - Job: Working at an outdoor nursery in high school. Crush: A girl in fifth grade Car: White Pontiac Fiero Time you realized life wasn't fair: "Between seventh and eighth grade when my family moved from Cleveland to Milwaukee and having to go to a whole different city and a new school."

TAKE 5 - Three things on your nightstand: "When All the World Was Browns Town," a lamp and a picture of my family Your former nickname: "In high school and college, people would call me Clark because when I wore my glasses I looked like Clark Kent." Three people, living or dead, that you'd love to have dinner with: Bono from U2, my grandpa and Pope John Paul II A trait in others that makes you cringe: Arrogance In yourself: "Sometimes I think I am too serious."

HONESTLY, WHY ARE YOU SINGLE? "Basically, I haven't found the right one yet."

Jen Toohey, 30
Occupation: DJ on Q104

Why she's hot: This DJ with a heart of gold and a penchant for goofball humor tells it like it is from 3 to 7 p.m. every day.

FAVORITE - Cleveland bar: South Side in Tremont Movie: "Old School" Book: "Confessions of a Shopaholic" by Sophie Kinsella TV show: "Sex and the City" CD: "One that I make myself." Guilty pleasures: "I love sitting down with a great gossip magazine and reading it cover to cover." Body part on a man: Mouth

FIRST - Job: Bank teller Crush: Samuel Hicks in second grade. "He actually named his dog after me." Car: Blue and silver 1985 Bronco II Time you realized life wasn't fair: "I was a junior in college. It was a breakup. All of a sudden I realized that you could never be certain of anything."

TAKE 5 - Item of clothing we'll never see you in: Tapered-leg pants "I just hate the way they look." Three people, living or dead, that you'd love to have dinner with: Madonna, my deceased grandparents and Wolfgang Puck, as long as he's cooking. Your awkward stage: The first two years after college. She was trying to discover herself and what she wanted to do with her life.Sex or cuddle: Cuddle I'd rather be - boating anywhere warm. "I need to meet a man with a boat."

HONESTLY, WHY ARE YOU SINGLE? She's been career-focused throughout her 20s. Now that she has reached all of those goals, she's ready to meet the right guy.

Izabela Viktoria, 31
Occupation: Photographer, artist

Why she's hot: She's luxuriously foreign, with French clothes, exotic features and a hint of a Polish accent.

FAVORITE - Cleveland bar: Garage Bar "It's just a bunch of people hanging out. It's not pretentious." Movie: Any Woody Allen film TV Show: "Seinfeld" and "Whose Line is it Anyway?" CD: A mix CD from her adopted sister Body part on a man: Eyes

FIRST - Job: Bed maker at a nursing home Crush: Brian Ram from the fifth grade Car: Plymouth Horizon Time you realized life wasn't fair: "When I realized Santa was not Santa."

TAKE 5 - Three things on your nightstand: "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell, a portrait of my daughter and a photo album Have you ever gotten in a bar fight? She once helped break up a fight outside of a bar. A trait in others that makes you cringe: People not being able to take responsibility for their own actions In yourself: Not being on time Three people that you'd like to have dinner with: Her grandmother, Mother Teresa or Gandhi, and Dr. Seuss

HONESTLY, WHY ARE YOU SINGLE? "I have not yet found an individual who covers four aspects of my life, which would be: responsible, fun, loves kids and culturally savvy."

Andrea Wedren, 40
Occupation: Executive director of the Human Fund

Why she's hot: Bright and artsy, she helps deliver arts education to underserved kids, and she feels no guilt for her guilty pleasures.

FAVORITE - Cleveland bar: Fulton Bar & Grill in Ohio City Movie: "Shopgirl" Book: "Naked" by David Sedaris TV show: "Entourage" CD: "This Year's Model" by Elvis Costello Body part on a man: Eyes

FIRST - Job: Worked in an adolescent psychiatric hospital during college Crush: Brandon, age 11. "We shared the same bus stop." Car: Volkswagen Rabbit Time you realized life wasn't fair: "When I was 13 and my folks separated."

TAKE 5 - Three things on your nightstand: "Running With Scissors," by Augusten Burroughs; an issue of Angle Magazine and "Indecision," a novel by Benjamin Kunkel Item of clothing we'll never see you in: Lingerie from an old boyfriend Two words to describe your high school self: Good girl ("How others saw me.") or bad girl ("The real me.") Sex or cuddle: Depends on who you're with Something that really bugs you about society: "How stressed and hectic we've become."

HONESTLY, WHY ARE YOU SINGLE? "I haven't found the man who moves me."

Kathy Vegh, 28
Occupation: CEO of Danny Vegh's Billiards & Home

Why she's hot: She listens to "old school" rap such as Snoop Dogg, loves her own dog, Teddy, and isn't afraid to admit she needs to work on balancing her career and love life.

FAVORITE - Cleveland bar: The House of Blues Foundation Room Movie: "Good Will Hunting" TV Show: "Law and Order" CD: Lenny Kravitz's "Greatest Hits" Guilty pleasure: Creme Brulee Body Part on a man: Eyes and hands.

FIRST - Job: The job I have now. Crush: "First grade; for my birthday I took him to Disney on Ice. That's all I wanted." Car: A white Mazda Miata Time you realized life wasn't fair: "I think I am still learning that lesson. I am a very fair person and it's frustrating when I realize it's not in the business world."

TAKE 5 - Name a trait in others that makes you cringe: Hypocrisy In yourself: I'm a perfectionist. It makes it a challenge. Something that really bugs you about society: "Apathy. People who don't take a stand. Even if you disagree with me, I'm cool with it." Your former nickname: "Vegas. It started freshman year in college playing lacrosse. I was known as a socialite, so it stuck." Three people, living or dead, who you'd love to have dinner with: My grandfather, Martha Stewart and Colin Powell

HONESTLY, WHY ARE YOU SINGLE? "My priorities had to be my work and have been my work. I don't want to put myself out there without being able to give someone adequate time."

Jon Winpisinger, 27
Occupation: Chef, Brasa Grill

Why he's hot: Besides the obvious (he knows how to cook!), he's got sexy Greek features and a head of hair that looks like it's here to stay.

FAVORITE - Cleveland bar: Tequila Ranch for the opportunity to watch women ride the mechanical bull and, of course, he loves to eat at Brasa Grill. Movie: Any "Rocky" movie. "I like that the underdog wins." Book: Any great cookbook by a knowledgeable chef. TV show: "Saved by The Bell" CD: Any '80s hair band Guilty pleasures: Chocolate and overspending Body part on a woman: Breasts

FIRST - Job: Washing golf carts at a golf course Crush: "I was in first grade at the time and there was this seventh-grader that always watched our classroom. I thought that she was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen." Car: A baby-blue '75 Pontiac Catalina Time you realized life wasn't fair: "Every time that my mom yelled at me."

TAKE 5 - Item of clothing we'll never see you in: Anything pink. "Pink's just not my color." Have you ever gotten in a bar fight? No. "But I got kicked out of a bar once for removing my clothing." This event took place on St. Patrick's Day 2003 and involved a surplus of Jack Daniel's. A trait in yourself that you wish others appreciated more (and that your friends secretly can't stand) "My loud fashion sense. Either I'm way too much for people or they love it." Your former nickname: "Johnny hot-pants" after wearing a blood-red suit to his friend's wedding. "People still call me that." Sex or cuddle: "First sex, then cuddle."

HONESTLY, WHY ARE YOU SINGLE? "My career demands so much of my time. That makes [a relationship] unfair to myself or my possible significant other."


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