Issue: February 2013
Tags: Yoni Geffen, Valentine’s Day, Tasha Jones, Steward Ceus, singles, Single in the City, Sally Walker, Quincy Dancer, Michele Goodman, Matthew Moon, Mary U. Stein, Jose Antonio Mercado, Joanna Powell, Jason Strauss, Heather Snow, Emily Schromm, Dave Sevick, Claudia Lopez, Bre Ortola, Andrew Freedman
Single in the City
Looking for love? Don’t sweat it—we’re making it easy on you. We tracked down 17 of the hottest singles in the Front Range, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Dig in for 5280’s most eligible dates.
(top left) Michele Goodman, 49
Executive director, Insight Oncology, Inc.
I can’t live without: My sons, Sinjin and Sean.
I’m a sucker for: Bald men and biceps. I love a man with the confidence to just shave his hair off.
Part of my charm: My distinctive laugh.
You’d never guess: I throw a better spiral than Peyton Manning any day.
Biggest accomplishment: Finding a really good balance between work, play, and family.
Dating deal-breaker: Someone who doesn’t ask questions or texts while on a date.
Guilty pleasure: Lemon-drop martinis.
Celebrity crush: Jon Hamm.
What I look for in a significant other: Energy that equals mine, intelligence, and compassion.
Favorite band: Fitz and the Tantrums.
Once-in-a-lifetime moment: I just ran my first marathon. It’s going to be my last.
Rainy-day activity: Reading or cleaning out my closet for Goodwill.
Secret hobby: Kickboxing.
On the bucket list: Finding a soul mate.
If I could have a superpower: I’d touch my nose and make things appear and disappear, like in Bewitched.
The Boy Next Door
(top right) Yoni Geffen, 27
Student support specialist, Denver School of Science and Technology: Green Valley Ranch High School;
co-founder, First Ascenders
Guilty pleasure: Good Times drive-thru for a milkshake after a soccer game.
If i could have a superpower: I’d read animals’ minds.
Secret talent: I can do a front handspring. And I’m really good at remembering people’s names.
You’d never guess: I’m afraid of heights.
iPod embarrassment: Annie Lennox’s “Walking on Broken Glass.”
Biggest fear: Not becoming a father.
What I look for in a significant other: Someone intelligent, active, good at communicating, and thoughtful.
Great night out: Dinner with friends at an amazing ethnic restaurant (Ethiopian, sushi, or Indian), drinks at a local, hole-in-the-wall bar, then a game of Bananagrams.
Childhood crush: Danielle Fishel [Topanga on Boy Meets World].
Favorite movie: The Princess Bride.
If I had one wish: I would wish every kid growing up in Denver could have the opportunity to experience the outdoors in the way I have been lucky enough to.
I can’t live without: The mountains, my dog, dark chocolate, and purpose.
I’m so over: Social media.
I’m a sucker for: Someone who can kick a soccer ball.
Biggest accomplishment: My time spent in the classroom as a teacher, the day-to-day accomplishments with students.
The Fitness Buff
(bottom right) Emily Schromm, 24
Owner/founder, Unleashed Fitness; CrossFit coach, CrossFit Park Hill
Rainy-day activity: Running. I’m from Missouri. I love the rain.
Secret talent: Knitting scarves—although they never get very big, out of impatience.
On the bucket list: Getting my pilot’s license.
I can’t live without: Bacon, a barbell, and my Steve Madden motorcycle boots.
You’d never guess: I’m obsessed with Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and John Coltrane.
TiVo embarrassment: Shark Tank.
What I look for in a significant other: I’m a personality girl. I want someone funny and interesting, enough to where I can’t figure them out on the first date.
Dream vacation: A two-month motorcycle road trip of the West Coast.
Great night out: Lots of tequila and lots of dancing.
Find me here on a Saturday night: Breckenridge, waiting for the snow.
Dating deal-breaker: People who are too needy.
Guilty pleasure: Really long bubble baths while watching shows on Hulu.
Biggest fear: Limiting myself. Not living or experiencing enough.
My hero: My mom.
(bottom left) Steward Ceus, 25
Goalkeeper, Colorado Rapids
Celebrity crush: Alicia Keys.
I’m a sucker for: A girl with really good style, top to bottom.
Favorite movie: Any sports movie based on a true story.
Secret talent: Bowling.
On the bucket list: Skydiving.
You’d never guess: I’m an underground video gamer.
Dating deal-breaker: Clinginess.
Guilty pleasure: All types of bread, especially Irish soda bread.
Biggest fear: Failure.
What I look for in a significant other: An independent woman who is intelligent, has a good sense of humor, can appreciate my sarcasm, and who I can have a conversation with.
Dream vacation: Somewhere that has a lot of history, where I could see the sights and learn a lot. Maybe China or Japan.
If I had one wish: To see all of my good friends and family succeed.
TiVo embarrassment: Jersey Shore.