We all have different ones: The deal breaker. The thing on a date that just makes you want to shout, "Check, please!" For some, it's bad shoes. For others, bad breath (hey, a little Scope can clear that right up). Some people just cannot— will not—date someone who votes for that evil party (take your pick). Others closely watch the way their date treats the waiter (and tips). So, in the spirit of cutting to the chase, we asked a few leading questions to our singles this year. Do they listen to (the decidedly conservative) WBAL or (the liberal-leaning) WYPR? Which section of the paper do they read first? And, yes, how much do they tip? But just so that our Top Singles weren't the only ones doing the revealing, we asked them to name their deal breakers, too. A hint: Don't pick your nose during dinner.

Avery B. Strachan, 30
Attorney, single, no kids

Favorite book? The Great Gatsby Favorite film? Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Favorite TV show? Arrested Development Favorite CD? Hopes and Fears, Keane Item of clothing you wouldn't be caught dead in? Jean shorts. Yikes! Spending $200 on a pair of jeans is a wise investment. You cannot put a price on the perfect pair of jeans. Carrying a tiny dog in a tote bag is not even worth commenting on. How do you order your steak? Bloody Cell phones in restaurants are occasionally necessary. What's your drink? Grey Goose Orange and tonic with a lime In two words, describe yourself in high school: Bad bangs When it comes to dates, do you have a secret weapon? Pepper spray What's your deal breaker? I only get to name one? You're being forced to do karaoke. What song do you sing? "Livin' On A Prayer" or any other cheesy rock ballad. What did you think of He's Just Not That Into You? Self-Help Book for Stalkers If you could have dinner with any three living people, who would they be? Sandra Day O'Connor, Tony Blair, and U2's Bono You find out that your best friend's boyfriend or girlfriend is cheating. What do you do? Take out a billboard, shout it from the mountain tops, sign it, spell it in braille—whatever it takes to get the message out there. I learned that lesson the hard way a few years ago. Favorite talk show host? Without question, Jon Stewart Do you blog? Even I am not that nerdy I own too many shoes. Way, way too many. Although I think that might be an oxymoronic statement. Describe your exercise routine: Define "routine"? How much do you tip? 40 percent to my hair dresser . . . 20 percent for everything else. Favorite bar in Baltimore? Idle Hour John Waters or Barry Levinson? Both WBAL or WYPR? Neither Do you remain friends with your exes? Usually

Brian Tomasette, 26
Account executive, Advertising.com, single, no kids
Favorite book? High Fidelity, Nick Hornby Favorite film? Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Favorite TV show? Seinfeld Item of clothing you wouldn't be caught dead in? One of those ridiculous LAX visors. Carrying a tiny dog in a tote bag is a good way to kill a dog. What's your drink? Sam Adams Summer Ale In two words, describe yourself in high school: Skate rat What's your deal breaker? Mindless blather Would you date a stripper? Eh . . . I don't think I'm quite there yet. You're being forced to do karaoke. What song do you sing? "Don't Know Much" by Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt What did you think of He's Just Not That Into You? A terrible book that further misleads women into the whole Sex and the City philosophy of misreading and misunderstanding men . . . wait . . . what? . . . I mean I've never read that! Section of paper you read first? I don't read the paper, it makes my fingers black. If you could have dinner with any three LIVING people, who would they be? Emeril Lagasse, Charlie Kaufman, and Bob Dylan Favorite talk show host? Ali G Websites you visit daily? myspace.com I own too many pieces of Tupperware cluttering up my cabinet. Describe your exercise routine: Riding my bike to work . . . sometimes. Favorite bar in Baltimore? The Thirsty Dog WBAL or WYPR? I don't know what this is. This isn't one of those idiotic 'What Would Jesus Do' type of acronyms, is it? Do you remain friends with your exes? Sure. Why, does one of them want to get a drink or something?

Joe Clifton Hammond Jr., 36
Photographer/editor for local news station, single, no kids
Favorite book? How To Win Friends & Influence People, Dale Carnegie
Favorite film? Star Wars saga Favorite TV show? Rescue Me Favorite CD? 5, Lenny Kravitz Item of clothing you wouldn't be caught dead in? Polka-dot shirt Spending $200 on a pair of jeans is crazy. Carrying a tiny dog in a tote bag is not masculine. How do you order your steak? Medium Cell phones in restaurants are bothersome if my date uses it while we are eating—how rude. What's your drink? I don't drink In two words, describe yourself in high school: Student athlete When it comes to dates, do you have a secret weapon? All women are different so each approach tends to be different. Would you date a stripper? I don't judge, why not? You're being forced to do karaoke. What song do you sing? "Rapper's Delight," Sugarhill Gang If you could have dinner with any three living people, who would they be? Denzel Washington, Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey Favorite talk show host? Arsenio Hall Describe your exercise routine: Basketball once or twice a week, weight training four times a week including cardio, flag football whenever I can. How much do you tip? 20 percent, if the service is real good Cake or pie? Both with ice cream John Waters or Barry Levinson? Spike Lee and Michael Bay Do you remain friends with your exes? I try, but you know how that can go.

Abigail Breiseth, 36
Teacher, single, no kids—"I'm a doting aunt of two"
Favorite book? A film encyclopedia. Favorite film? The Philadelphia Story Favorite TV show? A close call between Buffy and Homicide Favorite CD? It's Like This, Rickie Lee Jones Item of clothing you wouldn't be caught dead in? Polo shirt Spending $200 on a pair of jeans is a waste of a good plane ticket. Carrying a tiny dog in a tote bag is an accident waiting to happen. How do you order your steak? Infrequently Cell phones in restaurants are for the socially myopic and soon to be lonely. What's your drink? A sloe gin fizz In two words, describe yourself in high school: Political mystery When it comes to dates, do you have a secret weapon? The handshake Would you date a stripper? If his jaw wasn't too square Section of paper you read first? Front page If you could have dinner with any three living people, who would they be? Joe Biden (for the charm), Lewis Black (for the rant), Jon Stewart (duh) You find out that your best friend's boyfriend or girlfriend is cheating. What do you do? Ask her if she wants me to tell her painful things I've discovered involving her, and if so, tell her. Favorite talk show host? Are you kidding? I have a job! I suppose, when I have a moment, Marc Steiner. Do you blog? Never Websites you visit daily? Truthout.org I own too many square feet and old socks. Describe your exercise routine: Walk with or without the dog. How much do you tip? Too much, religiously. My first love was a waiter. Favorite bar in Baltimore? Maggie Moore's Cake or pie? Just be chocolate, I don't care. WBAL or WYPR? WYPR. Do you remain friends with your exes? Only for about 10 years.

Cynthia L. Perry, 43
Registered nurse, single, one daughter (Taylor, 7)
Favorite book? Before the Mayflower, Lerone Bennett Jr., and The Color Purple, Alice Walker Favorite film? The Godfather, Forrest Gump Favorite TV show? Will & Grace, Bernie Mac Favorite CD? Everything by Marvin Gaye Item of clothing you wouldn't be caught dead in? Anything real lacy. Spending $200 on a pair of jeans is crazy, if it doesn't show off my butt! Carrying a tiny dog in a tote bag is adorable. Cell phones in restaurants are rude. What's your drink? Lemon iced tea In two words, describe yourself in high school: Nerdy and homely When it comes to dates, do you have a secret weapon? My smile What's your deal breaker? A chain smoker and a drunk Would you date a stripper? A young retired stripper You're being forced to do karaoke. What song do you sing? "This Masquerade," George Benson What did you think of He's Just Not That Into You? Points well taken in great consideration when dating. A lightbulb moment. If you could have dinner with any three living people, who would they be? Oprah, Chris Rock, and Tavis Smiley You find out that your best friend's boyfriend or girlfriend is cheating. What do you do? Tell them, because I would like to know if it were my boyfriend who was cheating. Favorite talk show host? Oprah—other ones are silly. Do you blog? What? I own too many shoes. Describe your exercise routine: Walking the dog John Waters or Barry Levinson? Barry, baby WBAL or WYPR? WBAL Do you remain friends with your exes? Yes

Jessica Machen, 24
Wine and champagne sales, single, one puppy (Gunnar)
Favorite book? 1984, George Orwell Favorite film? Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Favorite TV show? Tie between Lost and Family Guy Favorite CD? The Ultimate Collection, Jackson 5 Spending $200 on a pair of jeans is totally justifiable if they make your butt look cuter than the less expensive ones. Carrying a tiny dog in a tote bag is just wrong. How do you order your steak? Rare Cell phones in restaurants are Bad form What's your drink? Jack and Coke In two words, describe yourself in high school: Charismatically obnoxious When it comes to dates, do you have a secret weapon? If I told you, it would no longer be a secret When it comes to a date, what's your deal breaker? Above all else, Yankees and Steelers fans, smoking being a close second. Would you date a stripper? I never did learn how to share my things with others, so no. You're being forced to do karaoke. What song do you sing? "Sheep Go To Heaven," Cake Section of paper you read first? Comics If you could have dinner with any three living people, who would they be? Ray Lewis, Annie Leibovitz, and Will Ferrell You find out that your best friend's boyfriend or girlfriend is cheating. What do you do? Stay out of it, unless they ask you directly for information. Favorite talk show host? Jon Stewart Websites you visit daily? theonion.com, weather.com, and espn.com I own too many? Flip-flops Favorite bar in Baltimore? Mother's Cake or pie? Red velvet cake John Waters or Barry Levinson? John Waters WBAL or WYPR? WYPR Do you remain friends with your exes? Sure

Josh Deckelbaum, 26
Retail Leasing Representative, single, no kids
Favorite book? Anything by Carl Hiaasen Favorite film? Gladiator Favorite TV show? Las Vegas Favorite CD? Anything '80s Item of clothing you wouldn't be caught dead in? Canadian Tuxedo (Jean top, jean bottom) Spending $200 on a pair of jeans is keeping up with the Joneses. Carrying a tiny dog in a tote bag is cool with me as long as I don't know you. How do you order your steak? Rare Cell phones in restaurants are ridiculously annoying yet unfortunately very common. What's your drink? Vodka tonic In two words, describe yourself in high school: Walking hormones When it comes to dates, do you have a secret weapon? Being charming and making you laugh What's your deal breaker? A girl who can't laugh at herself or who is boring Would you date a stripper? "Date" is a strong word. You're being forced to do karaoke. What song do you sing? "Sweet Emotion," Aerosmith What did you think of He's Just Not That Into You? Never read it—probably too general, most men are different. I think it's amazing they have that many pages devoted to what a man is thinking on a date. Does it have pictures? Section of paper you read first? Business, with Sports a close second. If you could have dinner with any three LIVING people, who would they be? The Pope (I'm Jewish so I'd have a few questions for the new guy), Will Smith, and Condoleezza Rice You find out that your best friend's boyfriend or girlfriend is cheating. What do you do? Try to set up a situation where they find out on their own. It that fails, buy a bottle and tell them. Favorite talk show host? Jimmy Kimmel Do you blog? No—is that a weird euphemism for something? I own too many hair care products. Favorite bar in Baltimore? The one I'm in (with good company) Cake or pie? Apple pie John Waters or Barry Levinson? Waters—I remember Avalon being very boring. WBAL or WYPR? WBAL Do you remain friends with your exes? I try to but some of them have gone crazy and the others are married.

Terry Mulhern, 55
Interior designer, divorced, one daughter (Dana, 26)
Favorite book? Gone With the Wind Favorite film? Gone With the Wind Favorite TV show? ER Favorite CD? Christmas Portrait, The Carpenters Item of clothing you wouldn't be caught dead in? Spandex Spending $200 on a pair of jeans is fun but ridiculous. Carrying a tiny dog in a tote bag is out of the question. How do you order your steak? A little pink Cell phones in restaurants are out of place. What's your drink? Martini with extra olives In two words, describe yourself in high school: Social organizer When it comes to dates, do you have a secret weapon? My cooking What's your deal breaker? Squeaky shoes You're being forced to do karaoke. What song do you sing? "Don't Rain on My Parade" What did you think of He's Just Not That Into You? Haven't read it, but my daughter said it was entertaining. Section of paper you read first? Back page of the first section because I'm left-handed. If you could have dinner with any three living people, who would they be? Paul Newman, Oprah, and my best friend You find out that your best friend's boyfriend or girlfriend is cheating. What do you do? Tell off the cheater! Tell the friend gently. Favorite talk show host? Jay Leno Do you blog? No, does everyone? I own too many old copies of Architectural Digest. Describe your exercise routine: Twice a week but always miss once. How much do you tip? Always overboard Favorite bar in Baltimore? I don't frequent bars but love dinner and a drink at Tersiguel's. Cake or pie? Cheese John Waters or Barry Levinson? Barry Levinson WBAL or WYPR? WBAL Do you remain friends with your exes? Good idea!

Calvin Farr, 33
Engineer, single, no kids
Favorite book? The Instant Millionaire by Mark Fisher Favorite film? Ray Favorite TV show? The Wire Favorite CD? AIJUSWANASEING, Musiq Soulchild Item of clothing you wouldn't be caught dead in? Speedos Spending $200 on a pair of jeans is crazy, unless I have $5,000 at the time. Carrying a tiny dog in a tote bag is absolutely unnecessary. Cell phones in restaurants are rude only if everyone can hear your conversation. What's your drink? Captain Morgan and Coke In two words, describe yourself in high school: Very focused When it comes to dates, do you have a secret weapon? No secret weapons. I only try to be myself and a gentleman. Would you date a stripper? No. I can't imagine what we would talk about. You're being forced to do karaoke. What song do you sing? "Lady" by D'Angelo What did you think of He's Just Not That Into You? I must admit that it's a very honest book. Section of paper you read first? Sports section If you could have dinner with any three living people, who would they be? Beyonce, Melyssa Ford, and Nia Long You find out that your best friend's boyfriend or girlfriend is cheating. What do you do? Tell my friend immediately. No matter what. Favorite talk show host? Oprah I own too many gray T-shirts. How much do you tip? I tip the normal amount even if the service is bad. If the service is good, I make sure the tip is substantial. Favorite bar in Baltimore? I don't go to bars that much, but I go to Rush Hour Sports Bar occasionally. Do you remain friends with your exes? No. I'm not enemies with my exes either.

Mike D'Archangelo, 27
College Athletics Coordinator, single, no kids
Favorite film? Billy Madison Favorite TV show? Entourage Favorite CD? Live at Red Rocks, Dave Matthews Item of clothing you wouldn't be caught dead in? Tapered jeans Carrying a tiny dog in a tote bag is cruel and unusual punishment unless you're a pretty girl on the Left Coast. How do you order your steak? Medium rare Cell phones in restaurants are rude and distracting unless you're a doctor on-call. When it comes to dates, do you have a secret weapon? Establishing a mutual feeling of comfort What's your deal breaker? If a girl is rude Would you date a stripper? Probably not so much. . . . You're being forced to do karaoke. What song do you sing? "Throw Your Arms Around Me" by Pearl Jam What did you think of He's Just Not That Into You? It's true Section of paper you read first? Sports If you could have dinner with any three living people who would they be? Steve Bisciotti, Ashley Judd, Pete Rose You find out that your best friend's boyfriend or girlfriend is cheating. What do you do? No brainer—tell them! Favorite talk show host? Scott Van Pelt Do you blog? Nah . . . but I googled "blog" Websites you visit daily? MSN radio, webmail, UMBC sports, Google, Sheridan's Odds I own too many Terps T-shirts Describe your exercise routine: John Basedow (Fitness Made Simple) style. How much do you tip? 20 percent Favorite bar in Baltimore? Nick's Fish House Cake or pie? Cake John Waters or Barry Levinson? Barry Levinson. . . . The Natural is too classic WBAL or WYPR? WBAL Do you remain friends with your exes? Yeah.

Elise Zeller, 25
Pharmaceutical sales representative, single, no kids
Favorite book? The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein Favorite film? Meet the Parents—I love Ben Stiller Favorite TV show? Curb Your Enthusiasm and Da Ali G Show Favorite CD? Whatever is on my iPod. Who buys CDs anymore? Item of clothing you wouldn't be caught dead in? Stirrup pants Spending $200 on a pair of jeans is not out of the question. Carrying a tiny dog in a tote bag is for Paris Hilton and my sister only. How do you order your steak? Medium rare Cell phones in restaurants are to be silenced. What's your drink? Dirty martini or an old favorite, the margarita In two words, describe yourself in high school: Too cool When it comes to dates, do you have a secret weapon? My intuition What's your deal breaker? No sense of humor You're being forced to do karaoke. What song do you sing? "Mercedes Benz" by Janis Joplin What did you think of He's Just Not That Into You? I can't relate If you could have dinner with any three living people, who would they be? Dinner at Chiapparelli's with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Madonna, and Dave Chappelle You find out that your best friend's boyfriend or girlfriend is cheating. What do you do? I'd have to tell her . . . once a cheater, always a cheater. Do you blog? What is that? I own too many things I don't need. Favorite bar in Baltimore? I just moved back East and I'm looking forward to finding out. Cake or pie? Cheesecake! John Waters or Barry Levinson? John Waters WBAL or WYPR? WBAL Do you remain friends with your exes? I remain friendly, not friends.

Kimberly Bookman, 29
TV reporter, single, no kids
Favorite book? The Red Tent, Anita Diamant Favorite film? Sliding Doors Favorite TV show? How Do I Look?, on the Style Network Favorite CD? Songbird, Eva Cassidy Item of clothing you wouldn't be caught dead in? Birkenstocks Spending $200 on a pair of jeans is not a crime. If they push you up and pull you in, pay whatever the pricetag says. Carrying a tiny dog in a tote bag is not something I think about. I think about wallets and sunglasses and lipsticks, but not dogs . . . never dogs. How do you order your steak? Medium. A reporter never leans too far to one side. Cell phones in restaurants are not my favorite dish. What's your drink? Pomegranate cosmopolitan In two words, describe yourself in high school: Debate team (enough said) When it comes to dates, do you have a secret weapon? I google the guy before the date . . . after all, they get to see me on TV, why shouldn't I do some digging on them? When it comes to a date, what's your deal breaker? If the guy is thinner than me. I have to be able to fit into his jeans. Would you date a stripper? Aaahhh . . . no You're being forced to do karaoke. What song do you sing? "Funkytown," Lipps Inc. What did you think of He's Just Not That Into You? I'd rather a book on how to tell if he is into me If you could have dinner with any three living people, who would they be? I would want to listen to three Holocaust survivors recount their stories of survival. We are losing that generation. I think we need to hear where they've been, learn from them, retell their experiences, and never forget. You find out that your best friend's boyfriend or girlfriend is cheating. What do you do? Tell her. I would want her to do the same thing. Favorite talk show host? The gals from The View Do you blog? Nope. Isn't talk radio and TV analysis enough? Websites you visit daily? Newslab.org I own too many lipsticks. Favorite bar in Baltimore? Pazo Cake or pie? I'd give them both up for chocolate John Waters or Barry Levinson? Depends on the day WBAL or WYPR? Is this is a trick question? Who needs them when you can tune into ABC 2 News?!

Tom Rowe, 28
Interactive Developer, single, no kids
Favorite book? A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Favorite TV show? Deadwood. I love a show that can turn profanity into an art form. Favorite CD? The Black Album, Jay-Z Item of clothing you wouldn't be caught dead in? Any holiday-themed garment. No reindeer sweaters for this guy. Spending $200 on a pair of jeans is totally worth it as long as they make my butt look great. Carrying a tiny dog in a tote bag is demeaning for both the dog and the owner . . . unless you're Paris Hilton. Then it's only demeaning for the dog. How do you order your steak? With a dirty martini Cell phones in restaurants are prevalent and the true sign of a jerk. In two words, describe yourself in high school: In Visible Would you date a stripper? I usually leapfrog over asking them for a date and go right to a marriage proposal. No takers as of yet. What did you think of He's Just Not That Into You? I haven't read it, but I'm wondering when someone is going to write the guy version, Oh Crap, She Knows I'm Just Not That Into Her. Section of paper you read first? The paper? That's like the internet, but printed out, right? Do you blog? No, but I probably should. I'm crazy interesting and people would definitely read it. I own too many action figures. Fine, I said it. Are you happy now? Describe your exercise routine: I pay for my gym membership every month. WBAL or WYPR? Which one would make me sound smarter? I'll go with whichever one that is. Do you remain friends with your exes? Not as a rule. Breakups are easier if they are supported by a solid foundation of hatred.

Stacey Evans, 35
Attorney, single, no kids
Favorite book? The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho Favorite film? Bossa Nova—a great romantic comedy. Favorite TV show? The Simpsons Favorite CD? There are two: Estrella Guia and The Immaculate Collection Item of clothing you wouldn't be caught dead in? Granny panties, a.k.a briefs. Plaid pants, if panties do not count as an item of clothing. Spending $200 on a pair of jeans is better spent on a romantic evening. Carrying a tiny dog in a tote bag is absolutely adorable! Cell phones in restaurants are great as long as they are turned off. What's your drink? A mojito or a Chilean merlot In two words, describe yourself in high school: Bohemian debutante When it comes to dates, do you have a secret weapon? Yes—a great smelling fragrance. What's your deal breaker? If he is married or if he exhibits the personality of a troll Would you date a stripper? Yes, if he were heterosexual You're being forced to do karaoke. What song do you sing? "I Will Survive," Gloria Gaynor What did you think of He's Just Not That Into You? Never read it. But if a man responds to me in a displeasing way, I move on. If you could have dinner with any three living people, who would they be? Oprah Winfrey, Ronaldo (the sexy Brazilian soccer star), and Emeril Lagasse Favorite talk show host? Oprah—I love her compassion and positive attitude. Do you blog? Before this question, no. However, after reading this question I discovered what it is and blogged for the first time. I own too many coffee mugs. Describe your exercise routine: Bi-weekly 20-minute elliptical cardio workout, weekly weight-lifting, and a weekly dose of dancing. Favorite bar in Baltimore? Gardel's Cake or pie? Pie—peanut butter pie or blueberry pie with Cool Whip WBAL or WYPR? WBAL Do you remain friends with your exes? Generally no.

Nathan McCabe, 28
Realtor/Sales Manager, American Limousines, Inc., single, one 5-year-old American Bulldog named Madison
Favorite book? The Alchemist, Paolo Coelho (short, sweet, and smart) Favorite movie? Life is Beautiful (subtitled, not voice-over) Favorite TV show? Family Guy Favorite CD? A Ghost Is Born, Wilco Item of clothing you wouldn't be caught dead in? A man-thong Spending $200 on a pair of jeans is dumb, you can get them for $80 on eBay. Carrying a tiny dog in a tote bag is great for wealthy heiresses . . . which I'm not. How do you order your steak? Left on the cow (I'm not a beef eater) Cell phones in restaurants are tacky, unless I'm the one on it. What's your drink? Espresso In two words, describe yourself in high school: Excessive truancy When it comes to dates, do you have a secret weapon? Pepper spray Would you date a stripper? Never again You're being forced to do karaoke. What song do you sing? "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye Section of paper you read first? Front page If you could have dinner with any three living people, who would they be? Hillary Clinton, Paul McCartney, and Bill Gates You find out that your best friend's boyfriend or girlfriend is cheating. What do you do? That's a loaded question. There are so many variables in that given situation that my only answer can be a big . . . fat . . . depends. Favorite talk show host: Chip Franklin Do you blog? Uh, no I own too many clothes I don't wear. Describe your exercise routine: Running, push-ups, sit-ups, lifting weights, and, oh yeah . . . jazzercise How much do you tip? If my drink is never empty, about 30 percent Cake or pie? Mmm . . . pie John Waters or Barry Levinson? Barry Levinson (based solely on the merits of The Natural and Good Morning, Vietnam) Do you remain friends with your exes? In most cases.

Matthew Kachura, 31
Economist, widowed, no kids
Favorite book? The Worldly Philosophers, Robert Heilbroner Favorite film? Spaceballs Favorite TV show? Iron Chef Favorite CD? Throwing Copper, Live Item of clothing you wouldn't be caught dead in? Knickers Spending $200 on a pair of jeans is ridiculous . . . my limit is $150. Carrying a tiny dog in a tote bag is only acceptable if your name is Paris. How do you order your steak? "Waiter, I would like the steak." Cell phones in restaurants are only to be used if someone's life depends on it. What's your drink? Belvedere on the rocks In two words, describe yourself in high school: Socially challenged When it comes to dates, do you have a secret weapon? If I told you it would not be a secret! What's your deal breaker? Bad manners or bad hygiene Would you date a stripper? As long as I had dollar bills. You're being forced to do karaoke. What song do you sing? "Standing Outside the Fire" by Garth Brooks What did you think of He's Just Not That Into You? He wasn't my type to begin with. Section of paper you read first? Front page If you could have dinner with any three living people who would they be? Robin Williams, Alex Rodriguez, and Warren Buffett You find out that your best friend's boyfriend or girlfriend is cheating. What do you do? Swear that it was not with me. Do you blog? Only in private. . . . Websites you visit daily? Useless Junk, The Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Business Journal, MD Daily Record, ESPN I own too many baseball cards. Describe your exercise routine: Cardio daily (either a jog or elliptical) and lifting 3 times a week. How much do you tip? 20 percent Favorite bar in Baltimore? Brewer's Art Cake or pie? Either, I'm hungry John Waters or Barry Levinson? Barry Levinson WBAL or WYPR? WYPR Do you remain friends with your exes? Do you want the truth?

Miatta Dabo, 29
Attorney, Venable LLP, single, no kids
Favorite book? A Woman of Substance, Barbara Taylor Bradford Favorite film? Wedding Crashers Favorite TV show? Law & Order Favorite CD? Time Well Wasted, Brad Paisley Item of clothing you wouldn't be caught dead in? Neon spandex Spending $200 on a pair of jeans is between you and your credit card. Carrying a tiny dog in a tote bag is animal cruelty. How do you order your steak? Rare Cell phones in restaurants are rude. What's your drink? Strawberry daiquiri In two words, describe yourself in high school: Confused geek When it comes to dates, do you have a secret weapon? Yeah. I don't date. What's your deal breaker? I'll walk out if a date picks his nose during dinner Would you date a stripper? How do you define "date" exactly? Section of paper you read first? World news If you could have dinner with any three living people, who would they be? Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, and Jennifer Aniston You find out that your best friend's boyfriend or girlfriend is cheating. What do you do? Is he cheating with me? Do you blog? Yup I own too many books. Favorite bar in Baltimore? The Wharf Rat WBAL or WYPR? WBAL

Marc S. Rosen, 50
Attorney, widowed, daughter and son (Catherine, 20, and Ben, 19)
Favorite book? Lonesome Dove Favorite film? Tombstone Favorite TV show? Whose Line Is It Anyway? Favorite CD? Any Taj Mahal CD Item of clothing you wouldn't be caught dead in? Pittsburgh Steelers jersey Spending $200 on a pair of jeans is a woman's prerogative. Carrying a tiny dog in a tote bag is (see a few answers below) Cell phones in restaurants don't seem to annoy me that much. In two words, describe yourself in high school: Easy going When it comes to dates, do you have a secret weapon? I pay What's your deal breaker? She is carrying a tiny dog in a tote bag You're being forced to do karaoke. What song do you sing? Any instrumental Section of paper you read first? Sports (during football season) If you could have dinner with any three living people, who would they be? Paul McCartney, Colin Powell, Bill Clinton Favorite talk show host? Jay Leno Do you blog? No I own too many kitchen devices that I don't know how to use. Describe your exercise routine: Horseback riding whenever possible, bicycling How much do you tip? 15 to 20 percent Do you remain friends with your exes? Usually

Alan Sun, 40
Attorney, divorced, no kids
Favorite book? Ghost Dance, Carole Maso Favorite film? The Sting Favorite TV show? M*A*S*H Favorite CD? At this moment, Lou Reed's Rock 'N' Roll Animal Item of clothing you wouldn't be caught dead in? Thong panties Spending $200 on a pair of jeans is silly. Carrying a tiny dog in a tote bag is my homage to Paris. How do you order your steak? Medium rare Cell phones in restaurants are gauche. What's your drink? Lycheetini In two words, describe yourself in high school: Tall and rebellious When it comes to dates, do you have a secret weapon? I like hearing other people's stories What's your deal breaker? Couch potatoes Would you date a stripper? For at least one night You're being forced to do karaoke. What song do you sing? "The Alphabet Song" (to help those who are about to hit the road) What did you think of He's Just Not That Into You? I'm just not that into it Section of paper you read first? Sports If you could have dinner with any three living people, who would they be? Tiger Woods, Osama bin Laden (to turn him in), and Melissa Theuriau You find out that your best friend's boyfriend or girlfriend is cheating. What do you do? I give him or her the video Unfaithful, shrug my shoulders, and say "Just sayin'." Favorite talk show host? Nigella Lawson Websites you visit daily? presurfer.com I own too many guitars. Describe your exercise routine: Basketball, beer, dodgeball, beer, volleyball, beer How much do you tip? Depends upon the service Favorite bar in Baltimore? Chesapeake Wine Co. Cake or pie? Pie John Waters or Barry Levinson? Barry Levinson Do you remain friends with your exes? For the most part.

Tracy Heyman, 33
Freelance children's writer and federal government employee, divorced, no kids
Favorite book? Anything by Judy Blume. I write for kids, so why not learn from the best? Favorite film? Valley Girl Favorite TV show? Laguna Beach Favorite CD? Anything by Journey or Mariah Carey Item of clothing you wouldn't be caught dead in? Knickers Spending $200 on a pair of jeans is only natural. Carrying a tiny dog in a tote bag is cute, but I got my cats. How do you order your steak? Well done, and it almost always needs to be sent back Cell phones in restaurants are cheesy. In two words, describe yourself in high school: Party-girl and honor-society When it comes to dates, do you have a secret weapon? If I know I like the guy, I'll lean in close—really close. What's your deal breaker? When he offers me advice—criticizes me—in order to "help me." Especially when the guy needs a lot of help himself. Would you date a stripper? Ex-porn-star, maybe. Stripper, no way. Just kidding! No to both. What did you think of He's Just Not That Into You? Keeper. It's so true. Women need to have more courage and be able to accept it and move on quickly. A guy that's not into you is probably very much into himself and "we" don't need that! Section of paper you read first? I don't. I don't have time. I usually get my news off of the Internet, from one of the network news shows, or better yet, from my friend and co-worker, Rose. If you could have dinner with any three living people, who would they be? The Rock (do we still call him that?), Tommy Lee, and Justin Timberlake (see how my taste in men varies?) Favorite talk show host? Howard Stern Websites you visit daily? Yahoo!, Google, and the Jewish Times Milestones section on Fridays. I own too many CDs. Describe your exercise routine: When I'm into it, I do the treadmill or walk for 30 to 45 minutes. But when I'm not I stuff my face with a pan of chocolate brownies with buttercream icing (seriously). How much do you tip? I feel so guilty about getting it wrong that I usually ask the person I'm with and then give a little more. WBAL or WYPR? WBAL, because I have no idea what WYPR is. I hope that doesn't mean I'm getting old.