By Hillary Haenes
Looking for love?
Lucky for you we found 15 eligible singles who are ready for romance. If you’re interested in reaching out to any of our singles, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the message subject line of the name of the single you want to contact and your message will be forwarded to that person.
William “Billy” Wright, 29
(Not related to the Toyota owners)
Law clerk at The Law Office of Larry L. Wright
Something quirky about me: I like to cook — not always healthy — but it usually tastes good.
Pet peeves: Dishonesty, laziness and not taking responsibility for your actions.
Favorite sports team: Whoever is playing (and beating) the Yankees, Red Sox, Steelers or Celtics. I enjoy listening to the excuses and whining that these teams’ fans make when they lose and how it ruins their day.
Favorite place to shop: Online.
No. 1 on my bucket list: Skydive or karaoke. I don’t know which one I am more afraid of doing.
What makes me laugh: My Siberian husky pup, Kota, except when she attacks my feet at 6 a.m. to wake me up.
Most embarrassing moment: I lost a racquetball match with a friend from law school and had to shave a handlebar mustache. I had to keep it for three out of five weeks while I was in Europe for a study abroad program.
Seandey Bowe, 26
United States Marine Corps recruiter
Birthplace: Phillipsburg, N.J.
Hobbies: I love to run to keep my body in shape, play World of Warcraft, draw and read.
Favorite movie of all time: “Coming to America” because when I’m upset or frustrated and I watch that, it always lifts my spirits.
No. 1 on my bucket list: Buy a house in San Diego.
What inspires me: Being challenged.
Most embarrassing moment: My mom sat down next to me in my ninth-grade algebra 1 class and made me answer all the questions the teacher asked — it was priceless.
Hidden talent: My personality — most people get really comfortable around me.
Three items I would want on a deserted island: The love of my life, a bottle of wine and a satellite phone.
Ben Henggeler, 28
Firefighter for Bakersfield Fire Department
Dating deal-breaker: Being fake or cookie-cutter — if you aren’t unique, things become boring in a hurry; smokers.
Favorite local restaurant and my order: Moo Creamery (veggie burger and sweet potato fries with habanero ketchup) or Mama Roomba (tri-tip).
What inspires me: My family.
Most annoying habit: Trying to fit too much into a day.
If I was given $100 to spend on a date, I would: Head to L.A. and try as many gourmet taco trucks as possible.
My nickname: Most of my friends just call me Benny.
Best vacation: Road trips!
Tyson Gimblett, 27
Professional hockey player with Bakersfield Condors
Birthplace: Oshawa, Canada.
Dating deal-breaker: Girls who can’t be real or who are way too uptight about life.
Something quirky about me: I find almost everything funny for one reason or another and can laugh at anything. I like things from Tennessee.
Favorite movie of all time: “Wayne Gretzky: Above and Beyond.” I watched it every day when I was a kid and it was so awesome to see the best hockey player ever play.
Favorite local restaurant and my order: Sequoia Sandwich — I’m still trying out the menu.
No. 1 on my bucket list: To fly in a fighter jet.
Most annoying habit: I snore.
My nickname: G2. I play hockey with my twin and I got here after him. So he is G1 and I’m G2.
Brendan Collins, 26
Owner of Hybrid Media Design, a marketing and design company
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Hobbies: Snowboarding, road trips, spending time at the beach, extreme sports and listening to music.
Something quirky about me: High energy, I love to be random and I am a perfectionist.
Favorite sports team: Green Bay Packers.
No. 1 on my bucket list: Spend a month in the Swiss Alps with my friends snowboarding and just hanging out.
Specialty in the kitchen: I am really good at baking. I love making cakes!
Famous historical person I would like to meet: Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. I just want to ask them lots of questions about their lives and how their companies went from nothing to what they are today.
Ideal romantic dinner: I have never been into location. It is all about the girl and I having the chance to have a great conversation and getting to know each other. Food or atmosphere can’t replace a great time getting to know each other.
Rene Lopez, 30
U.S. Air Force veteran. Currently volunteers with Civil Air Patrol Squadron 121 in Bakersfield and is adult leader in the Southern Sierra Council Boy Scouts of America (Rene take many calls, which is the reason for his Bluetooth).
Birthplace: Los Angeles.
Hobbies: Building models, music, computers, reading, watching movies, baseball, hockey and sci-fi shows.
Pet peeves: Messy people and places.
Favorite song to dance to: “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes.
No. 1 on my bucket list: Traveling the world and going to see Ireland and Scotland.
What inspires me: Taking care of my mom, and trying to be a “big brother” and mentor to teenagers and children to find a positive direction in their life.
My nickname: Willow. The story behind this comes from when I went to Camp Oakhurst, a Christian camp just outside the city of Oakhurst. One of my roommates gave me the nickname because I look like the character from the 1988 movie “Willow.”
Ideal romantic dinner: Dinner under the stars.
Derek Vaughn, 30
Sales at Johnston Farms, co-owner of THEbus, LLC
Current Facebook status: “Patiently waiting in line for Coachella tickets … come on Internet!"
Favorite movie of all time: A tie between “Almost Famous” and “Field of Dreams.” They focus on following dreams and believing in something bigger than yourself.
Favorite place to shop: Melrose Avenue and Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.
Favorite local restaurant and my order: KC Steakhouse because it has that old-school, laid-back vibe. The salmon there is delicious.
What makes me laugh: My family and friends. I love that we can find humor in almost anything.
If I was given $100 to spend on a date, I would: I would gas up the Bronco, take it as far as that would get us with no particular place in mind and start the date from there.
Ideal romantic dinner: It would have to be the typical table for two on the beach in Hawaii — my favorite spot.
Brittany Freitag, 23
Account executive at Clear Channel Radio
Birthplace: Upland, Calif.
Dating deal-breaker: A guy who isn’t chivalrous.
Favorite song to dance to: “Blow the Whistle” by Too Short.
No. 1 on my bucket list: To see a Broadway play in New York.
What inspires me: Positive people.
Specialty in the kitchen: Homemade bacon macaroni and cheese.
My nickname: Brandon. The guys in my office are convinced I’m one of them. Brandon is what my name would be if I was a boy.
Best vacation: Puerto Vallarta with my girlfriends.
Maribel Martinez, 31
Vocational nurse at California Department of Corrections in Wasco
Hobbies: My favorite hobby is running, but really I like any type of outdoor activity.
Favorite song to dance to: If I’m having fun with my friends, I like to be silly and probably my favorite song to have a good time to is “Baby Got Back.”
Favorite sports team: Football, Chicago Bears; baseball, L.A. Dodgers.
No. 1 on my bucket list: To earn a master’s degree.
What inspires me: My boys inspire me. I am the person I am because of them.
If I was given $100 to spend on a date, I would: Use the money to buy groceries to make dinner and relax in front of a fire outside.
Three items I would want on a deserted island: My phone (I can’t live without it), a blanket (I’m always cold) and a toothbrush (good hygiene is important).
Kristie Elliott, 34
Supervisor at Fresh & Easy
Dating deal-breaker: He only wants to talk about himself and is unwilling to try new things.
Something quirky about me: I am obsessed with weather. I actually watch The Weather Channel for fun.
Favorite movie of all time: “Walk the Line.” It’s the greatest love story because it’s real.
Favorite song to dance to: I’ll pretty much dance to anything that is playing!
What inspires me: Kids! They’re so straightforward and honest.
Most annoying habit: I think I’m always right . . . wait, I am always right!
Three items I would want on a deserted island: My phone, my pillow and a bottle of Grey Goose.
Kimberly Graham, 35
Eighth-grade language arts teacher
Pet peeves: Negative people.
Favorite movie of all time: “Rudy,” for its life lesson to never give up.
Favorite sports team: Any team that I see live.
No. 1 on my bucket list: Paris.
What inspires me: My 6-year-old daughter.
Most annoying habit: Watching “The Real Housewives.”
Specialty in the kitchen: Healthy California cuisine.
Best vacation: Anywhere with great company.
Jolie Brouttier, 23
Current Facebook status: “A little girl just told me that she likes my Snuggie. This is the last sweater dress I’ll ever wear.”
Something quirky about me: I get pleasure out of writing to-do lists filled with items I’ve already done just for the pure joy of crossing it off.
Favorite movie of all time: “He’s Just Not That Into You” because Gigi’s life is based on a true story … the life of Jolie.
No. 1 on my bucket list: Well, since I’ve skydived and bungee jumped, the next thing is to bungee jump off a hot air balloon.
What inspires me: My parents. They have been happily married for 35 years, raised three amazing children into successful adults and continue to put others before themselves.
Most embarrassing moment: I sneezed and peed a little.
Ideal romantic dinner: Good food, good conversation, a lot of laughing and frozen yogurt to follow.
Amber Smith, 27
Tractor sales at Berchtold Equipment Co.
Birthplace: Tulsa, Okla.
Current Facebook status: “Flipping back and forth between ‘Goodfellas’ and football. Good Sunday!”
Hobbies: Reading, running and playing with my Australian shepherd, Bandit.
Something quirky about me: A lot of people tell me I have a bit of a Boston accent sometimes. Even though I’ve never been to Boston and don’t know anyone from there.
If I was given $100 to spend on a date, I would: Take my date to Vegas, hit the roulette table and hopefully turn that $100 into $200!
My nickname: My dad used to call me Spaz because I am ridiculously clumsy.
Best vacation: Spending a week in a beach house on the outer banks of North Carolina — it was heaven.
Three items I would want on a deserted island: Airplane, pilot and a cocktail for the ride home.
Toni Martinez, 24
Co-owner/operator of Tony’s Pizza and helps her grandfather with his insurance business, Anthony Martinez Farmers Insurance.
Dating deal-breaker: If he isn’t family-oriented.
Favorite movie of all time: “The Notebook” because every girl deserves a Noah.
Favorite place to shop: Sephora — I love makeup!
Favorite local restaurant and my order: Tony’s Pizza! My order would have to be a Toni’s veggie.
Most annoying habit: I’m always late!
If I was given $100 to spend on a date, I would: Take a drive down to the coast. The first stop would be Splash Cafe and then spend the rest of the day on the beach.
Best vacation: The weeklong vacation I spent in the happiest place on earth — Disneyland!
Sarah Carson, 27
Health and safety specialist for Chevron
Birthplace: Wichita Falls, Texas.
Something quirky about me: I always have to make my bed in the morning no matter what.
Favorite movie of all time: “Gone With the Wind.” I am a Southern girl and love the chivalry and social events of that time.
Favorite place to shop: Any place that is having a sale!
Favorite local restaurant and my order: I am definitely a foodie! I am new to Bako and haven’t experienced all of the restaurants. But I do love to go to Hourglass Kitchen and Bar for happy hour! Anything is good on their menu, especially their baked potato eggrolls!
Most annoying habit: I tend to be a bit OCD.
Specialty in the kitchen: I love to cook and bake, especially Southern food! My grandma taught me well.
Famous historical person I would like to meet: Princess Diana. She had beauty, poise and grace. She overcame many obstacles in her life and was a great philanthropist.
Hidden talent: I’m ambidextrous.