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Single in the City

You want ’em, we got ’em: 20 people so sizzlin’, this issue might spontaneously combust. They’re megasmart, super-sexy, ridiculously talented—and, oh yeah, available! Behold, 5280’s most eligible catches.

February 2011
Single in the City 2011, Marisa Murgolo

The Energizer Bunny

Marisa Murgolo, 34
Social worker

I’m a sucker for: Good manners.
Part of my charm: I’m embarrassingly inept with electronics.
Secret hobby: Making my own wine, and learning to play the violin.
Guilty pleasure: Coca-Cola.
Childhood crush: Michael J. Fox.
You’d never guess: I’ve run nine half-marathons, four marathons, and raised more than $20,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
When I’m not working: I’m volunteering with Colorado Youth at Risk, skiing, running, at girls’ night at the DPAC, at the Bluebird Theater, or enjoying a new restaurant.
What I look for in a significant other: Someone who is smart, adventurous, kind, equally content at a baseball game or the theater. And capable—I like guys who can fix a tire, build a fire, and use a compass.

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Single in the City 2011, Manny Almagure

The Hero

Manny Almagure, 40
Captain, Denver Fire Department

Secret hobby: Collecting KISS paraphernalia.
Nickname: The Dark Knight.
You’d never guess: I’ve never drunk alcohol. And I haven’t eaten cheese in about 15 years.
Dating deal-breaker: Controlling behavior.
iPod embarrassment: Olivia Newton-John’s Greatest Hits. For a metalhead like me, that’s a no-no.
Find me here on the weekend: Coaching my 10-year-old daughter’s basketball game.
Great night out: Nice dinner followed by a show at the Fillmore.
What I look for in a significant other: Someone genuine and loyal who puts family first.

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Single in the City 2011, Jamie Kim

The Storyteller

Jamie Kim, early 30s
Reporter/producer, 9News

I’m a sucker for: Football. My dog is named after the Broncos mascot, Miles. His middle name is Ralphie, after the CU Buffs mascot.
Part of my charm: I tell it like it is.
Rainy-day activity: Cooking and baking. Korean food makes me feel warm and fuzzy.
Nickname: Jameson. Or Tricia Takanawa (from Family Guy).
You’d never guess: I was the first person to report on-scene at the Balloon Boy landing. Also, I’m pretty mechanically inclined—I taught myself how to change a spark plug.
Biggest fear: Not living up to the expectations my parents have for me.
What I look for in a significant other: Someone intelligent and good-looking who doesn’t know it, and who makes me laugh and thinks outside of himself, his job, and his world. And he has to enjoy Korean food, or he’s out.

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Single in the City 2011, Mark Huebner

The Dude From The Bachelorette

Mark Huebner, 28
Owner, Denver Pizza Company and Motive Brand Marketing

Part of my charm: My ability to take life in stride and view it with a sense of humor.
Secret talent: I was the lead singer of a band called Two Lane Road. Our music is still on iTunes. We opened for the Fray at the Fox.
Guilty pleasure: Nilla Wafers.
You’d never guess: I’m a nerd.
Rainy-day activity: Xbox 360. Awful, but true.
iPod embarrassment: Alanis Morissette. It’s not my fault it’s on there.
Biggest fear: Failure in marriage.
Biggest accomplishment: Mentoring a kid for 10 years. He had cystic fibrosis, and passed away. What I look for in a significant other: The perfect match, perfect chemistry—someone who can put up with me.

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Single in the City 2011, Sandja Brügmann

The Balanced Soul

Sandja Brügmann, 35
Owner, Refresh Agency (PR/digital media)

I’m a sucker for: Spiritual conversations.
You’d never guess: I’m a Danish national archery champion and former Olympics hopeful.
On the bucket list: My grandfather was a watchmaker, and I’d love to launch a watch brand based on his original designs from the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s.
My hero: My 11-year-old daughter.
When I’m not working: I’m doing yoga, skiing Vail or Aspen, trail running, being creative and enjoying art, or exploring. I do need to get better at sleeping.
Find me here on a Saturday night: In the company of good friends at Table 6.
Dream vacation: A tree-house hotel in Vietnam.
If I had one wish: To make our planet healthy, and for humans to live in balance with the environment.
What I look for in a significant other:
Emotional awareness and willingness to work through issues—everybody has their baggage.

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Single in the City 2011, Terrance Carroll

The Lawmaker

Terrance Carroll, 42
Former speaker of the House, Colorado General Assembly

Can’t live without: My BlackBerry, sadly.
Secret hobby: Horseback riding.
Guilty pleasure: A good Scotch or whiskey.
On the bucket list: There’s this big cattle drive in Australia that’s pretty famous, which I’d love to do.
Dating deal-breaker: Neediness.
When I’m not working: Not working? When am I not working?
If I could have a superpower: Being able to eat as much barbecue as I want and not gain weight.
If I had one wish: That my mother could have been here to see me become speaker of the House.
Once-in-a-lifetime moment: Having dinner with Bill Clinton.
What I look for in a significant other: Someone smart, fun, open-minded, nonjudgmental—and cute, of course.

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Single in the City 2011, Kael Robinson

The World Traveler

Kael Robinson, 28
Owner, Live Worldly (imports goods/gives back to charity)

Can’t live without: Traveling.
I’m so over: Cold weather.
I’m a sucker for: Chocolate.
Celebrity crush: Leonardo DiCaprio.
In my DVR lineup: The Office, 30 Rock, Gossip Girl, Modern Family, and Mad Men.
Dating deal-breakers: If he doesn’t play sports or doesn’t like traveling.
Biggest fear: Not being successful.
Find me here on a Saturday night: The Wine Loft or LoHi SteakBar.
What I’m reading: The newest Chelsea Handler book.
Once-in-a-lifetime moment: Outward Bound in Australia when I was 16. That was pivotal for me.
What I look for in a significant other: A best friend.

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Single in the City 2011, Steve Weed

The Wise Guy

Steve Weed, early 40s
On-air personality, Alice 105.9’s Slacker and Steve show

Can’t live without: My circulatory and respiratory systems. And cake.
I’m a sucker for: Women with home perms.
Secret talent: Apparently I am the only person in Colorado who possesses the ability to drive fast in the fast lane on I-25! It’s called the “passing” lane for a reason.
Great night out: Any time an insurance deductible is involved.
My hero: My neighbor. He has a smoking-hot wife.
When I’m not working: I’m spying on my neighbor’s smoking-hot wife.
What I look for in a significant other: Gymnast-like stamina and flexibility, and a willingness to share a bathroom with my mother.

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Single in the City 2011, Karen Roehl

The Creative Spirit

Karen Roehl, 55
Painter

I’m a sucker for: A good story.
I’m so over: This recession.
Secret hobby: I’m a treasure hunter at estate sales and thrift stores.
Biggest accomplishment: When I decided I wanted to be a fine artist, I went back to school and got my BFA. I just graduated three years ago, and now I have a beautiful studio.
Biggest fear: That I’ll die a bag lady. When you’re an artist, that’s always lurking around the corner.
Once-in-a-lifetime moment: Snorkeling through the Yucatán reefs with enormous schools of brightly colored fish.
Find me here on a Saturday night: Lala’s Wine Bar & Pizzeria, Beatrice & Woodsley, Deluxe, or my studio.
What I look for in a significant other: An intelligent conversationalist with a sense of humor.

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Single in the City 2011, Nathaniel Bruno

The Fitness Fiend

Nathaniel Bruno, 29
Franchise partner, College Hunks Hauling Junk

I’m so over: Flakiness.
I’m a sucker for: Redheads and brunettes with curly hair.
Part of my charm: I’m never serious.
Secret talent: I’m a classically trained pianist.
Childhood crush: Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years.
On the bucket list: Building my own sustainable house—as in, off the grid.
You’d never guess: I compete in Olympic lifting— I’m a skinny kid who’s surprisingly strong.
Biggest fear: Having regrets on my deathbed—looking back and saying, “I wish I had…”
Biggest influence: My dad. At 66, he’s still got a passion for learning.
Great night out: Bringing a flask into the Denver Botanic Gardens and sneaking into a guided tour.
What I look for in a significant other: A good-hearted, passionate woman.

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Single in the City 2011, Keara Daly

The Fashionista

Keara Daly, 31
Founder, Keara Jean handbags

Can’t live without: My dogs, two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
I’m so over: Text messaging instead of a phone call to make plans with someone.
Guilty pleasure: Burger King. Whoppers in particular.
You’d never guess: I’m a Jersey girl who loves country music.
Dating deal-breaker: Excessive swearing.
Find me here on a Saturday night: Cherry Creek Grill or Second Home Kitchen & Bar.
Biggest accomplishment: Getting into the Screen Actors Guild.
What I look for in a significant other: A sincere, witty gentleman with a great smile; someone I can trust and have fun with.

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Single in the City 2011, Leo Harvey

The Foodie

Leo Harvey, 28
Executive chef, Big Game Restaurant and Lounge

I’m a sucker for: Pretty eyes.
Guilty pleasure: McDonald’s chicken nuggets.
Nickname: Choco Bear.
Dating deal-breaker: When she spends the whole time on the phone.
Rainy-day activity: Order in Chinese and watch movies.
Find me here on a Saturday night: Big Game, then Illegal Pete’s.
What I’m reading: Vesta Dipping Grill Cookbook.
Dream vacation: Eating my way around the world.
What I look for in a significant other: Sense of humor, open-mindedness, and passion.

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Single in the City 2011, Hassina Omar

The Humanitarian

Hassina Omar, 43
Account executive, 850 KOA; nonprofit leader

I’m so over: People taking their freedom for granted.
Part of my charm: I’m a total people person; I make friends very easily.
Guilty pleasure: I’m kind of a power-shopper. Once a year I go overseas and buy lots of clothes.
Find me here on the weekend: Friday night—Sushi Den, the Capital Grille, or Sushi Hai. Saturday I spend with my family.
Biggest accomplishment: Continuing my parents’ charity work with Handicapped Children of Afghanistan. I go back every year to help the kids in honor of my parents.
If I had one wish: Peace in Afghanistan.
What I look for in a significant other: Independence, good values and morals, a little worldliness—a sense of different cultures.

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Single in the City 2011, Dan Condon

The School Boy

Dan Condon, 39
Associate director of professional development, Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center

I’m so over: Whatever the latest social media thing is.
I’m a sucker for: Labrador puppies.
Part of my charm: My honesty.
Secret talent: I can root out the best happy hours. And juggle.
On the bucket list: To attend the World Cup in the U.S.A.
Nickname: Daniel-san, à la Karate Kid.
Biggest fear: I have a clown phobia. They creep me out.
iPod embarrassment: The Lion King soundtrack. There’s some stigma there.
Dream vacation: Yoga retreat in Tulum, Mexico.
If I could have one wish: All of our students in the country should be given a more equitable education.
What I look for in a significant other: Someone supportive, kind, and funny who challenges me and is driven by something other than money.

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Single in the City 2011, Anne Medina

The Entertainer

Anne Medina, 29
aka “Fannie Spankings,” burlesque performer/producer/emcee

Can’t live without: My sparkly red lip glitter. And my MP3 player. It’s so archaic, I know.
I’m so over: Low-riding jeans that show off plumber’s crack.
Part of my charm: My ability to fit into any social situation. I can be wild at the bar or hang with Grandma and Grandpa and knit a sweater.
Secret talent: I’m learning to play the banjo.
Once-in-a-lifetime moment: Performing at Red Rocks at sunset with Zebra Junction and comedian Josh Blue.
You’d never guess: My favorite musician is Bob Dylan. I’m a hippie at heart.
Find me here on a Saturday night: Doing my burlesque and comedy show, “Fannie Spankings’ Off The Clock,” at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret.
Biggest fear: People having preconceived notions about me without ever getting to know me. And spiders.
If I could have a superpower: Being in five places at once.
What I look for in a significant other: Someone who knows a lot of things but isn’t a know-it-all; who can laugh at himself and is curious about travel and art; and who likes cats.

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Single in the City 2011, Jim Guttau

The Prince of PR

Jim Guttau, 33
Owner, Guttau Public Relations

Can’t live without: Risotto. If I could do PR for risotto, I would.
I’m so over: Crocs.
Secret talent: I’m really good with sidewalk chalk.
Guilty pleasure: Hot tubs in the mountains.
On the bucket list: Caravan across the desert with a bedouin tribe; dog sledding; sitting front row at New York Fashion Week.
Rainy-day activity: Watching foreign films with subtitles.
Celebrity crushes: Dean Cain, Eddie Cibrian (CSI: Miami).
Dating deal-breaker: Just one? Seriously? I should write a book.
Find me here on a Saturday night: Charity event.
When I’m not working: I’m at a theme party. I have Rubbermaid containers full of costumes. I look really good in knickers with long socks—the “newsie” look. I’m going to bring knickers back for men.
Dream vacation: Thatched hut in Bora Bora.
What I look for in a significant other: A humorous, self-confident, thoughtful guy who’s motivated professionally and has aspirations. He knows who he is and where he’s going.

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Single in the City 2011, Hidemi Ena

The Dessert Goddess

Hidemi Ena, 30
Owner, Kuulture (fro-yo & more)

I’m a sucker for: Osteria Marco. I go there like four times a week.
Secret talent: I can do the worm like nobody’s business.
Celebrity crush: Edward Norton. I don’t know why.
You’d never guess: I’m a homebody. I could stay in every night and be fine.
iPod embarrassment: Kenny G. I tell everyone that my mom put it on there.
Once-in-a-lifetime moment: When I was 16, I placed nationally in gymnastics and went to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs with the top gymnasts in the world.
What I look for in a significant other: Chemistry is huge; someone who is level-headed, balanced, funny, confident, and successful.

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Single in the City 2011, Colin Ferguson

The Beer Man

Colin Ferguson, 26
Beer jockey (bartender/brewer/representative), Great Divide Brewing Co.

I’m a sucker for: Big blue eyes.
Secret talent: I do an unwavering impression of Chewbacca.
Rainy-day activity: Eating tomato soup and grilled cheese.
Celebrity crush: Alicia Silverstone in The Crush.
You’d never guess: I’m training as a long-distance runner. I’m doing a 55-miler.
Biggest accomplishment: Going to France, enrolling in French-only academic courses, and passing—without knowing a lick of French.
Dream vacation: Sailing across the Pacific.
If I could have a superpower: Photographic memory. I’m kind of a functionalist.
If I had one wish: To play the guitar like John Lee Hooker.
What I look for in a significant other: Sound mind, sound body.

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Single in the City 2011, Linda Knoll

The Girl Next Door

Linda Knoll, 26
Key account manager, Kraft Foodservice

Can’t live without: Sunscreen.
I’m a sucker for: Men who can sing.
I’m so over: Parking tickets.
Guilty pleasure: Glee.
Childhood crush: New Kids on the Block.
Nickname: Linda Lightning.
Biggest accomplishment: The fact that I haven’t set fire to my new house since I’ve started to remodel it.
When I’m not working: I’m skiing, hanging with my friends, hiking, enjoying the outdoors, working on my house.
Dream vacation: All-expenses-paid month in Europe, to see where my family came from—Germany, Ireland, and Wales.
If I could have a superpower: The ability to freeze and unfreeze time.
What I look for in a significant other: Confidence and spontaneity.

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Single in the City 2011, Steve Sander

The Man About Town

Steve Sander, 57
City of Denver’s director of strategic marketing

Can’t live without: Working out and Starbucks.
Celebrity crush: Tiffani Thiessen on the original Beverly Hills, 90210. I still watch reruns.
On the bucket list: Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro; going to the Ryder Cup.
Nickname: Sandman.
Biggest fear: Getting old and acting like it.
Biggest accomplishment: Helping launch Denver B-cycle, the first citywide bike-sharing program in the country.
What I’m reading: Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer. It really brings to light what sacrifice is all about.
What I look for in a significant other: Someone who shares my passion for making the world a better place and for having a good time.

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