Single In Sacramento

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Meet 15 eligible local bachelors and bachelorettes.

There may be debate about whether Sacramento has a true singles scene, but one thing is certain: The area has plenty of eligible singles. They are building careers, pursuing graduate degrees, nurturing friendships and having fun. And yes, many would love to find Mr. or Ms. Right, but they refuse to put life on hold until that moment comes. Let us introduce you to 15 Sacramento-area singles who are living life to the fullest, Cupid or no Cupid.

Tracie Donahue

Age: 37   
Occupation: Public relations, film director and mother of three children ages 8 to 14
Hobbies: Golfing, writing and watching a lot of kids’ soccer
Favorite movie: There’s Something About Mary
Favorite spot for a first date and why: Miniature golf. It’s a great way to have fun and get to know each other gradually.
My favorite website: sacmarriage.org
My heart melts when: I get flowers with a sweet note.
Deal breaker: Drugs; someone who lives with his mother
Something on my mind right now: The premiere of my first documentary, Secrets to Love

Aaron Winters

Age: 32
Occupation: Graphic designer
Favorite movie: Gondry’s films are genius but I gotta go with The Big Lebowski.
Something few people know about me: I can sing really well in Spanish, probably better than in English.
Something that catches my eye in the opposite sex: Dark hair and tasteful accessorizing
The perfect weekend should always include: Abalone.
Proud accomplishment: Being included in the 2007 Design Biennial at the Pasadena Museum of California Art last summer
My heart melts when: She knows what I’m talking about when I mention some band that broke up 15 years ago.
Deal breaker: Ugg boots
What I’d do with a spare $1,000: Hire John Cougar Mellencamp to play  “Jack & Diane” at my birthday party, or maybe just get a tattoo of John Cougar Mellencamp playing at a birthday party.

Marci Basquez

Age: 36
Occupation: Visual merchandising and marketing
Favorite movie: Under the Tuscan Sun
The perfect weekend should always include: Great friends!
Dream vacation: Anywhere in Italy
Proud accomplishment: Owning my own home
Deal breaker: A smoker
One goal for the future: To make a living at photography
Something on my mind right now: Planning a party

Krista Harrington

Age: 23
Occupation: Production assistant for a television show
Favorite spot for a first date and why: Capitol Garage for their mimosa brunch on Sunday. It’s a really relaxing atmosphere and when you’re done eating you can walk around Sacramento.
Something that catches my eye in the opposite sex: Spontaneity
What makes me laugh: Those Budweiser “real men of genius” commercials, friends and puppies
My favorite website: Any website that sells shoes
People describe me as: Fun, outgoing, spontaneous, hard-working and maybe a little crazy.
Proud accomplishment: Getting such a fun job. I’ve always felt that loving what you do is very important.
Pet peeve: When people don’t pay attention when you tell them something and then ask you again later
One goal for the future: To get a Great Dane, and maybe a house to put it in, too.

Vicky Gay

Age: 46
Occupation: Application analyst, real estate agent and mother to two teenage girls
Favorite spot for a first date: Starbucks—if it’s not going well, it’s over with pretty quickly!
Something that catches my eye in the opposite sex: A close-shaved mustache and goatee
Dream vacation: Paris in the spring
My favorite website: Well, it’s definitely not for everyone but it makes perfect sense to me: Abraham-Hicks.com
My heart melts when: I see true love and affection between two people.
What I’d do with a spare $1,000: A spa day and then shopping for a cute new outfit, including shoes.
Something on my mind right now: It’s the eternal question, “What should I make for dinner tonight?”

Wesley Morgan

Age: 28
Occupation: Project manager
What makes me laugh: People completely cutting loose, disregarding convention and acting dorky when they think no one is watching
The perfect weekend should always include: Wine, wine, wine, and the naps on the sofa
that are associated with wine.
People describe me as: Eccentric, nerdy and generous. But definitely not humble or shy.
My heart melts when: [I see] fathers and sons playing catch.
One goal for the future: Family, but who knows how far or near that might be?
What I’d do with a spare $1,000: Give it to or spend it on someone who needs it more than I do

Mark Endo

Age: 57
Occupation: Dentist
Best show on television: “Dancing With the Stars”
Something that catches my eye in the opposite sex: Her smile
Dream vacation: To be sequestered on a secluded tropical island with a lady who can at least float
Proud accomplishment: Two third places in the US Open Swing Dance Championships years ago
Pet peeve: A strong attachment to hardware (cell phones)
My heart melts when: I see acts of kindness and goodness.
One goal for the future: To enjoy the present moment, for that is the only moment we have
What I’d do with a spare $1,000: Donate it

Johnny Doskow

Age: 41
Occupation: River Cats radio play-by-play announcer and father to a 2-year-old daughter
Favorite book: The Cat in the Hat
Something few people know about me: I’m an accomplished juggler.
What makes me laugh: An old lady with a potty mouth
The perfect weekend should always include: Relaxation and banana cream pie.
People describe me as: Well . . . people think I’m pretty funny . . . of course, I’m not sure whether they are laughing at me . . . or with me.
Pet peeve: Phoniness
My heart melts when: My daughter hugs me.

 

 

Kimberly Hunter

Age: 46   
Occupation: Program technician
Hobbies: Dancing, roller-skating, bowling, hiking
Favorite spot for a first date and why: The Cheesecake Factory. The food is great and the ambience is pleasant.
Dream vacation: Spain (I love shoes)
People describe me as: Bubbly
Proud accomplishment: Becoming a home-owner in 2007!
My heart melts when: I can assist the elderly.
Something on my mind right now: It’s Friday. What kind of trouble can I get into tonight?
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Doug Evans

Age: 35
Occupation: Online sales consultant/graduate student
Favorite book: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West; such a powerful and harrowing view of American history
Something few people know about me: I’m an opera fan.
Three words to describe the ideal partner are: Sweet, passionate, adorable.
Something that catches my eye in the opposite sex: Long hair and sparkling eyes
The perfect weekend should always include: Leisurely awakenings and freedom to be spontaneous.
Deal breaker: Conservative political views
One goal for the future: Marriage and family
What I’d do with a spare $1,000: Hmm, I’m feeling a trip to Best Buy!

Michael Ward

Age: 49
Occupation: Public relations
Hobbies: Formula 1 racing, photography and weightlifting
Best show on television: “Giada’s Weekend Getaways.” Forget the food, she’s gorgeous.
Three words to describe the ideal partner are: She loves football.
What makes me laugh: Mitch Hedberg and Chris Rock. They crack me up!
Proud accomplishment: Raising my two daughters as a single parent
Deal breaker: A messy house
What I’d do with a spare $1,000: Add it to the retirement fund

Samia La Virgne

Age: 26
Occupation: Actress and massage therapist
Hobbies: Writing poetry, singing, cooking and salsa dancing
My favorite website: MySpace
My ring tone: “Going Under” by Evanescence
Proud accomplishment: First in my family to get a college degree
My heart melts when: Foreign accents get me every time, and puppies; if only I could find a way to combine the two.
What I’d do with a spare $1,000: Buy a Yorkshire terrier puppy
Something on my mind right now: Manifesting my dreams into reality

Scott Lenet

Age: 38
Occupation: Venture capital investor
Hobbies: Yoga, cooking, gardening, playing squash, snowshoeing and quality whiskey
Favorite book: The Complete Poems of John Keats
Something few people know about me: Five words: Digital Underground’s “Humpty Dance” karaoke
What makes me laugh: Eddie Murphy as Donkey in the Shrek movies: “Everybody loves parfait!”
People describe me as: My friends told me I’m “optimistic, witty, curious, entertaining, engaging, thoughtful,
hilarious, committed, an excellent cook, a fabulous friend.”
Proud accomplishment: Performing the ceremony at my best friend’s wedding and being godfather to their
adorable baby girl
One goal for the future: To provide funding for a company that becomes to Sacramento what Dell is to Austin or Microsoft is to Seattle
What I’d do with a spare $1,000: Bring the friends who said those nice things about me to dinner at The Kitchen. (Perhaps a swell date can join in the fun.)

Shante Perez

Age: 25
Occupation: Private banker
Favorite book: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Something few people know about me: I lived in Spain for a year.
Favorite spot for a first date and why: A sporting event because it’s an exciting environment and there’s less pressure
My ring tone: “Like You’ll Never See Me Again” by Alicia Keys
My heart melts when: You have “the first kiss” with someone special.
Deal breaker: A slob
One goal for the future: Purchase a beach house

Valerie Okunami

Age: 49
Occupation: Publisher of three business-to-business trade magazines
Hobbies: Hot yoga and action movies
Best show on television: I’ve always liked a good “whodunit” like “Columbo,” so the CSI series is great.
Something few people know about me: I once worked at a well-known dating service interviewing singles. It was a very interesting job.
Something that catches my eye in the opposite sex: Body language tells me a lot about a person.
People describe me as: Creative, spontaneous, sometimes outrageous, fun.
Proud accomplishment: Creating a healthy lifestyle for myself
Deal breaker: Bad personal hygiene
One goal for the future: Trip to Japan for the Big Five-O