All the good ones are already taken, you say? Au contraire.
There is absolutely no reason to spend another Valentine’s Day hunkered down on the couch with a pint of Cherry Garcia glued to a Family Guy marathon. Your dream date is out there Ã‚Â— in fact, he or she might even be right in these pages.
For the first time New Haven has assembled an, ahem, interesting cross-section of women and men who share one important characteristic Ã‚Â— theyÃ‚Â’re unattached. And weÃ‚Â’ve even done much of the dirty work Ã‚Â— Ã‚Â“qualifyingÃ‚Â” them on the basis of tastes, values, habits and of course what they look like.
Unlike some of those other Connecticut cities, New Haven is totally a cool singles town Ã‚Â— just check out Crown Street any Thursday night! And here are some of the coolest singles we know. Enjoy Ã‚Â— then go check out to see which ones are on Facebook.
Erin Gustafson, 32
Immigration specialist, Yale University
Single, no kids
Favorite book: It changes as I pick up the next book, but currently it's Freakonomics. Authors I re-read from time to time include Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkein and Edward Rutherford. Favorite film: Princess Bride. Favorite TV show: 30 Rock. Favorite Web site: Fivethirtyeight.com. Favorite music: I have very eclectic tastes in music. Currently my iPod Shuffle is full of nearly all Ã‚Â‘80s music, plus some Haydn for a New Haven Chorale concert I'm singing in. My new favorite band is Vampire Weekend. Celebrity lookalike: As I kid I was told I looked like Jodie Foster. In college I was told I looked like Gillian Anderson (specifically Scully from the X Files). Just this week I was told I looked like Julianne Moore. I don't see any of that! Love me, love my: Sense of adventure and thrill at learning new things! Dating deal breaker: Rudeness to anyone from waiters to colleagues. Is it okay to break up by phone or email? Good heavens no! There are of course always exceptions, but if you've developed a personal relationship with someone I think you owe them the respect of doing it in person. Three living people IÃ‚Â’d like to have dinner with: Barack Obama, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Mo Rocca. Three items I can't live without: my Mac iBook, the New York Times and good wine. Favorite reality TV show: Dirty Jobs. Game show I'd clean up on: Jeopardy. The College Edition. Favorite talk-show host: Jon Stewart. America's obsession with celebrity culture is: Sad. SunriseÃ‚Â—wake up early or stay up late?: Wake up early. But it better be a darned good sunrise, and there should be a beach or mountaintop involved. Make dinner or reservations? Make dinner! I love to cook with and for my friends, and I love trying new recipes from Bon Appetit or Cooks Illustrated. Favorite thing to do alone: Go for a run. Habit I'd like to break: Snacking at work. We have events all the time at work and end up with leftover bagels, brownies, bags of Cheetos. Type: Anyone who loves learning, debating and great conversation.
Pedro Soto, 31
Assistant operations manager, Space Craft Mftg., New Haven
Single, no kids
Favorite book: My current favorite is Why Americans Hate Politics, by EJ Dionne. Favorite film: The Empire Strikes Back. Favorite TV show: I loved the John Adams miniseries on HBO. Favorite Web site: Salon.com. Favorite music: I have a soft spot in my heart for cheesy 80's pop, but I also love classical music and various singer songwriters. Celebrity lookalike: More than one person has said that I look like the Verizon Wireless guy. Love me, love my: Two kittens, Roxie and Boomer. When it comes to dating: My deal-breaker is generally a lack of self-confidence. I'm attracted to women who are very content with themselves. Is it okay to break up by e-mail? Telephone? I'd say it's not okay to break up via e-mail. The telephone might be okay, depending on the length of the relationship. Three living people IÃ‚Â’d like to have dinner with: David McCullough, Alton Brown and Ben Folds. Three items I canÃ‚Â’t live without: My iPhone, my cast-iron skillet, and my glasses! Favorite reality TV show: I have to admit that the first few seasons of Survivor had me hooked. Game show you would totally clean up on: Since I contain a massive collection of random facts, I think I'd be a force to contend with on Jeopardy. Favorite talk show host: Jon Stewart. America's obsession with celebrity culture is: A signpost of the decline of American civilization.but did you see what Britney was wearing in her last video? The sunrise: stay up late or wake up early: Definitely stay up late to see it. I'm not a morning person! Make dinner or reservations: While i enjoy discovering new restaurants, I love cooking at home even more. I think I just love food. Favorite thing to do alone: Making a nice breakfast on Saturday morning and watching my TIVO'd episodes of This Old House. Habit youÃ‚Â’d like to break: Always getting somewhere five minutes after I needed to be there. Your type: While I'd like to think I don't, my family would probably disagree. I think I generally go out with smart, self-assured women.
Libby Kingsbury, 50
Graphic designer, Pequot Press
Single, never married, no kids
Favorite book: That's a tough one. Recently The Glass Castle. Favorite film: One of my favorites is The Birdcage. It always makes me laugh.Ã‚Â Favorite TV show: Boston Legal. Favorite Web site: I'm not surfing enough to have one. Favorite music: Anything acoustic. Love me, love my: Dog. When it comes to dating, what's your deal breaker? Big ego, dirty fingernails. Is it okay to break up by e-mail? Telephone?: That's pretty lame. If I could have dinner with any three living people, theyÃ‚Â’d be? Barack Obama, the Dali Lama, James Taylor. Three items I can't live without: My guitar, a CD player, a good book. Favorite reality TV show: Not interested in them. Game show IÃ‚Â’d totally clean up on: Wheel of Fortune. Favorite talk show host: Bill Moyers. America's obsession with celebrity culture is: Pretty silly. The sunrise: Wake up early (but only for that!) Make dinner or make reservations: Reservations. Favorite thing to do alone: Play music. Habit you'd like to break: Sleeping too late. My type: Tall and outdoorsy.
Aisha Staggers, 34
Assistant Director, Center for Public Policy and Social Research, Central Connecticut State University
Single, one daughter, age 6
Favorite book: The Great Gatsby. Favorite film: Imitation of Life. Favorite TV show: Law & Order. Favorite Web site: cga.ct.gov. Favorite music: Depends on my mood, usually whatever I am listening to at the moment. But you can never go wrong with Hip Hop (Old School, preferably). Celebrity lookalike: You mean, I'm not a celebrity!? I look like my mother circa 1972, no celebrity influence needed. Love me, love my: Mind. It never quits! Love my confidence. I have finally gotten to a place in life where I am comfortable in my own skin and happy with who I have become and who I have yet to be. When it comes to dating, what's the deal breaker? Lying about the little things.Ã‚Â If he lies about the little things, he will definitely lie about the big things! Is it okay to break up by e-mail?: Never. Telephone: Equally rude. If I could have dinner with any three living people, they would be: Jay-Z (he's amazing), Prince (he's a genius), Barack (he's an icon). Three items I can't live without: My child, my makeup, and Diet Coke with lime. Favorite reality TV show: Real Housewives of Atlanta. Game show I would totally clean up on? Deal Or No Deal? Favorite talk show host: Keith Olbermann. America's obsession with celebrity culture is: Parasitic, ridiculous, and so addictive! The sunrise: Stay up late or get up early? Stay up late to see it, I do it at least once a week! Make dinner or make reservations? Reservations. Favorite thing to do alone: Think, I usually come up with the answer when given the solitude to do so. Habit IÃ‚Â’d like to break: Worrying about nothing. My type: My family would say "yes," I guess they are right. Tall (at least six feet, on the thin side), dark (nice, but not a requirement), and handsome (completely in the eye of the beholder, sometimes the sweetest personality can make an ordinary man the most beautiful man in the world).
Beth O'Malley, 41
Masters level Social Worker, Matchmaker and Restaurant Owner
Two kids, 5 and 9
Favorite Book: Eat Love Pray. Favorite movie: When Harry Met Sally. Favorite show: Millionaire Matchmaker. Favorite Web site: Fiveguys.com (oh, and Greatdatenow.com). Favorite music: Hip-hop/Top 40. Celebrity lookalike: That redhead on that TV showÃ‚Â…oh, Kate Walsh. Love me, love my: Two beautiful, brilliant, gorgeous children.Ã‚Â LOL I'm not partial, I'm just the mom! Deal breaker: Boring, bad breath and bad manners. Okay to break up via e-mail or telephone?: No freaking way!Ã‚Â In person only, talk it through, learn and grow from it and stay friends!Ã‚Â My best friends are my exÃ‚Â’s! If I could have dinner with three living people, they would be: My crew of girlfriends, the man I am dating and my two children!Ã‚Â No one famous? Hmm. Well, if Brad Pitt asked I would not say no! Three things I canÃ‚Â’t live without: My chocolate stash, the gym and my Ã‚Â“CrackberryÃ‚Â” with unlimited text messaging! Favorite reality TV show: The Bachelor.Ã‚Â Game show you would totally clean up on: The Dating Game. Favorite talk show host(s): Kelly and Regis. AmericaÃ‚Â’s obsession with celebrity culture: No clue. I hardly watch TV Ã‚Â— who has time? See the sun rise Ã‚Â— stay up late or get up early?: Stay up late, no question, in order to see it from the beach or our boat! Make dinner or reservations: Make dinner?Ã‚Â Uh, not me, maybe him, but I do make "excellent reservations"! Favorite thing to do alone: Eat chocolate or go for a run. Habit I'd like to break: Eating chocolate or forgetting to work out. My type: Witty, loves to laugh Ã‚Â— but who doesn't?Ã‚Â He is totally macho and yet romantic: He knows how to open the door for a woman and send flowers/chocolates to her office. Older and wiser than me a bonus, sophisticated, worldly, adventurous, successful and fun!Ã‚Â Fun! Did I mention fun?Ã‚Â Can actually dance at a club and play rugby or football. That is perfection.
Alex Dyer, 29
Episcopal priest/associate for parish life
Single, no kids
Favorite book: Any of the Harry Potter books. Favorite film: Steel Magnolias or The Shawshank Redemption. Favorite TV show: Six Feet Under. Favorite Web site: Facebook.com. Favorite music: Almost everything! Celebrity lookalike: Barney Rubble. Love me, love my: Occasional messiness. When it comes to dating, what's your deal breaker: Someone who does drugs. Is it okay to break up by e-mail? Telephone? E-mails are never cool. Using the telephone may be okay under extreme
conditions like you cannot meet in person because of distance. If at all
possible breakups should always be in person. Three living people IÃ‚Â’d like to have dinner with are: Robin Williams, Peyton Manning, Barack Obama (at his house). Three items I can't live without: Family, friends and my computer.Ã‚Â Favorite reality TV show: Top Chef. Game show I would totally clean up on: The Price Is Right. Favorite talk show host: Jon Stewart. America's obsession with celebrity culture is:Ã‚Â A bit unhealthy. The sunrise: Stay up late to see it? Or wake up early to see it? I would stay up late to see it. Make dinner or make reservations? Sunday to Thursday, make dinner.Ã‚Â Friday and Saturday, make reservations. Favorite thing to do alone: Sleep. Habit IÃ‚Â’d like to break: Working too much. My type: I prefer slim or athletic guys with a great smile and I am a sucker for an accent.
Ann Lindsay,Ã‚Â 48
Manufacturing director of operations and image consultant
Favorite book: JaneÃ‚Â Austin. Favorite film: The English Patient. Favorite TV show: I don't watch TV Ã‚Â— I have no time, it seems.Ã‚Â My bedroom TV worked once; then my son stole the cable with the yellow and red and white ends for Playstation 3. I put a TV in the kitchen last fall with a "CNN only from 7 to 7:30 a.m.Ã‚Â” ruleÃ‚Â so I can pick up a little of what is going on in the world and don't feel like I live under a rock!Ã‚Â Favorite Web site: The only ones I log on to are professional or for a quick weather orÃ‚Â movies listing. Favorite music: Classic rock. I do not own an iPod (did I mention I lived under a rock?).Ã‚Â My son burned me a CD for the car which I love. It has Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Dave Mathews to nameÃ‚Â a few.Ã‚Â In the houseÃ‚Â I tend toward background music like classical, New Age or NPR.Ã‚Â Celebrity lookalike: Farrah Fawcett. Love me,Ã‚Â love my: Antique home. WhenÃ‚Â it comes to dating, what's the deal breaker? Smoking. Is itÃ‚Â okay to break up by e-mail? Telephone? E-mail breakup is okay for Internet dating. Telephone breakup is fine if there has been five dates or less. If I could have dinner withÃ‚Â any three living people, theyÃ‚Â’d be: Obama, Hillary and myÃ‚Â Dad in Arizona. Three items I can't liveÃ‚Â without: Pizza, sushi and highÃ‚Â heels. Favorite reality TV show: I don't watch reality TV because the last thing I need to see at the end of a long day is to angst over someone's struggles.Ã‚Â I have watched The Millionaire and What Not To Wear for professional reasons. Game show I would totally clean up on: I could only hope to clean up on Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader? Favorite talk show host: I guess in the evening, as a single parent of two teen boys both in prep school, who lives and maintains an antique home on a large lot, who has a full time day job as director of operations at a manufacturing plant, and is building her own business as an image consultant, with laundry and groceries, and dinners and dishes, and kid papers to edit and tests to help study for, and on three boards of local neighborhood organizations, and professional obligations and education advancement that is important to me, oh, and a boyfriend and a social life.I guess after that,Ã‚Â I just go to bed. America's obsession with celebrity culture is: Fantasy. I think that people like to live vicariously Ã‚Â— they like to pretend that the glamour and glitz they see celebrities enjoying would enrich their own lives and make them happy.Ã‚Â The women are always thinner and the men always richer, and their happiness often more elusive than our own. The sunrise: Stay up late to see it? Or wake up early to see it: I guess either, sunrise with coffee in my robe, up on a bluff overlooking the Sound, from the deck of my beach house (when I have one!) or sunset, glass of red wine, leftover sushi takeout remains strewing theÃ‚Â deck of my boyfriendÃ‚Â’s boat softly rocking on Long Island Sound. Make dinner or make reservations: Yes, both. Depending on level of exhaustion and if I have kids in the house.Ã‚Â And If I want to share with others (prefer to entertain guests in rather than out).Ã‚Â And who is buying?!Ã‚Â Favorite thingÃ‚Â to do alone: Read/nap by theÃ‚Â fire. Habit IÃ‚Â’d like to break: Inability to lose ten pounds. My type: Masculine, successful,Ã‚Â kind, fun, ethical and sexy!
Chris Sattler,Ã‚Â 28
Director of sales
Single, no kids
Favorite book: DonÃ‚Â’t have one. Favorite film: No favorite movie either, but I do I like a lot of the Ã‚Â‘normal guyÃ‚Â’ films. I just saw Iron Man and that was good. Favorite TV show:Ã‚Â The Daily Show and Colbert Report. That is the only time I have for TV. Oh yeah, and Entourage. Gotta watch Ari and Johnny Drama. Favorite Web site: CNN.com and CNBC.com. Favorite music: Hip-hop and reggae. Celebrity lookalike: None that I know of. Although, I have gotten Colin Farrell twice, but I do not see any resemblance. Love me, love my:Ã‚Â Bull mastiff and tattoos. When it comes to dating, what's a deal breaker? Boring girls who donÃ‚Â’t know how to have a good time. Is it okay to break up by e-mail? Telephone? Yes, but it depends on how long you have been dating. If you could have dinner with any three living people, who would they be? Good question!Ã‚Â My man Obama, Warren Buffet and Angelina Jolie (because she is hot!). Three items you can't live without: iPhone, my big boy Tango (bull mastiff), and vacations. Favorite reality TV show?Ã‚Â DonÃ‚Â’t watch too much reality TV but I do like Girls Next Door. Game show you would totally clean up on? I donÃ‚Â’t know. Anyone where you have to tell the truth. I really donÃ‚Â’t have anything to hide. Favorite talk show host?Ã‚Â Jon Stewart. America's obsession with celebrity culture is: Weird. Although the first couple rounds of American Idol are always funny. Simon bashing talentless people who are completely clueless is funny. The sunrise: Stay up late to see it? Or wake up early to see it? Stay up late to see it. Make dinner or make reservations?Ã‚Â Definitely reservations. I eat out every night. Favorite thing to do alone: I donÃ‚Â’t know, it seems like I am never alone. I guess take Tango out for some exercise. Habit you'd like to break? I have to get back on track with my diet. It is just so hard when you are ridiculously busy and always on the run. My type: Mostly South American, Brazilian, Columbian Ã‚Â— but really any girl with an exotic look. It seems to be a problem of mine.
Danyel Corinne Aversenti, 27
Catering sales manager, the Study at Yale (a new lifestyle boutique hotel on Chapel Street)
Single, no children
Favorite book: I have too many favorite books to mention; currently I am reading Angela CarterÃ‚Â’s The Magic Toyshop. I canÃ‚Â’t put it down!
Favorite film: I canÃ‚Â’t think of one, although I prefer a good documentary over a Hollywood Ã‚Â‘blockbuster.Ã‚Â’
Favorite TV show: I donÃ‚Â’t watch TV. I havenÃ‚Â’t for almost seven years now.
Favorite Web site: Studyhotels.com Ã‚Â— thatÃ‚Â’s right, always pushing product!
Favorite music: I hate to say this, and I know itÃ‚Â’s what everyone says, but I really do like everything.
Celebrity lookalike: I have been told that I resemble Mimi Rogers and Minni Driver. I donÃ‚Â’t see any similarity with Minnie, except maybe our giant heads. IÃ‚Â’ll have to Google Mimi later, because I donÃ‚Â’t even know who she is.
Love me, love my: To love me you really must love my weird quirks, and of course respect my desire to succeed. One is only privy to the quirks once I feel comfortable with them. As for my desire to succeed, I find I really enjoy work. I enjoy spending time at the Study, and most of all I still enjoy learning Ã‚Â— all of which are obvious in my dedication.
When it comes to dating, what's your deal breaker? Deal breaker No. 1: If you ask me what kind of research we do at the Study at Yale. Yes, this actually happened. I just looked at him in disbelief. It was pretty obvious that he had not listened to anything I said when we first met. Deal breaker No. 2: If you canÃ‚Â’t make me laugh within the first two minutes of conversation. I canÃ‚Â’t deal with dull people.
Is it okay to break up by e-mail? Telephone? Everything is circumstantial.
If you could have dinner with any three living people, who would they be? Barry Sternlicht, Nolan Russo Jr. and Richard Branson. I know Sternlicht and Branson are clichÃƒÂ©, especially considering my industry. Sternlicht, being a hotelier. and Branson, who owns both an airline and a massive record company, are very inspiring to me. However, itÃ‚Â’s not the product that they are selling that is most impressive to me; itÃ‚Â’s that they have both built brands, and that both their brands have global recognition. I have a fourth choice, but IÃ‚Â’d prefer not to disclose it. LetÃ‚Â’s just say it is a certain political figure who recently moved into a white house, close to a hill.
Three items you can't live without:Ã‚Â My business cards Ã‚Â— one never knows when the opportunity for a sale may arise. My cell phone Ã‚Â—Ã‚Â know; itÃ‚Â’s so sad. Water Ã‚Â— at least, thatÃ‚Â’s what science has told me.
Favorite reality TV show?Ã‚Â I donÃ‚Â’t watch TV.Ã‚Â I donÃ‚Â’t need to live vicariously through someone elseÃ‚Â’s drama. My own life provides plenty on its own.
Game show you would totally clean up on:Ã‚Â Wait, Wait Ã‚Â— DonÃ‚Â’t Tell Me: The NPR News Quiz. Favorite talk show host:Ã‚Â I believe as an American, the correct answer to this is Oprah Ã‚Â— but I donÃ‚Â’t even know since I donÃ‚Â’t watch TV.
America's obsession with celebrity culture is: Depressing. I donÃ‚Â’t care what Britney Lohan or Lindsay Spears are doing. I find that pop culture and mass media only pollute the mind.
The sunrise Ã‚Â— stay up late or wake up early to see it?: Wake up early Ã‚Â— provided I didnÃ‚Â’t try to stay up late the night before to see it.
Make dinner or make reservations? Make dinner and a reservation. I need a Plan B in case I burn dinner.
Favorite thing to do alone? I love to read. At times nothing is better than just sitting alone with my collective thoughts.
Habit you'd like to break? Please refer to the second answer to the question what three things I canÃ‚Â’t live without.
Do you have a "type"? Yes, my type is an intelligent, witty, driven man with strong features.
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