Navigating the modern dating scene is bizarre. People get to know each other through devices, only to find out zero chemistry exists beyond a thoughtful eggplant emoji, and dating app methods can lead to you paying the tab for a pervy name-dropping cat-person.
Meeting someone via a local paper isn’t any less weird, but at least it’s interesting. We’ve interviewed some local singles who have a lot going for them, but are still on the market for reasons we can’t understand. Get to know them a little bit, and if you’re interested in setting up a date, email us at [email protected] and tell us about yourself. Your guess is as good as ours for what it might lead to.
If you want to be featured or know somebody who is single and ready for romance, drop us a line.
Occupation: Co-owner and general manager of 11th Street Station
Why are you still single? Busy. If I did have a girlfriend before (opening 11th Street), I probably wouldn’t have a girlfriend by the time I built the thing, because I was literally here all the time. It’s hard to have a relationship with someone when you are working 80/90 hours a week.
What’s a typical weekend like for you? Now that things are comfortable and solid (at work), during the summer I’ll go to the lake, hang out on the river, go backpacking if I can get that in. Navajo is definitely my jam. I have friends out there with a houseboat and other boats and toys, and it’s just easy to get out there and chill and not think about much. No cell phone reception, too.
Do you have Peter Pan syndrome? I want to be young at heart for a long time, but there are a lot of serious parts about me that maybe I keep more to myself.
When it comes to getting to know someone, do you prefer texting or calling? Calling. I’m kind of old school like that. I don’t have patience either to script out text messages to get to know someone. It lacks tone. You can misread a lot of things. An emoji isn’t enough to let me know if you’re really happy or if you really thought that was funny. I like to hear someone laugh. I like to hear if someone is worried. I like to hear what they are feeling or wanting to say. There is not enough in a text.
What qualities do you look for in a person?I want them to know themselves and be comfortable with who they are. Be confident. Funny. Chill. I like hot, pretty (women) but a lot of times just the personality and a good smile can take you so much further than just being able to look good on a Friday night. I like someone who can reciprocate good feelings back towards me.
What do you want people to know about you that’s different?That I secretly want to make furniture – wait, I don’t know if I want anyone to know that. That I’m not as busy as people think I am. I can make time if I care about something. I’m not totally unavailable. It’s really easy for me to be unavailable but I can make time.
Have you ever been ghosted or have you ever ghosted someone? What about recently? We were all in our 20s at some point. We’ve all done it. We’ve had it done to us. No, I’m a better person now. I have empathy. I have compassion. I’m in a small town now. I try to be better about how I treat my relationships with people these days.