Are you from DC originally?
I was born here but I'm from Maryland.
So, you're a pedicab driver. Does that get you any dates?
I actually have a boyfriend right now.
How did you meet?
We met at Burning Man! About two years ago. People from all over the world go to Burning Man. And he actually overheard me talking about being from the East Coast and he approached me. It's funny, because we were both all the way across the country, but both from Maryland, and were able to reconnect back here.
Before you met him, what was dating like for you in this area?
Oh, awesome! I mean, it's always been. There are so many beautiful people, intelligent people, all age groups. It's such a diverse area that even if you've got specific ideas of what the "perfect person" is, it helps you to not be too specific for what you're looking for, because anyone can surprise you.
What attracted you to your boyfriend? What attributes do you look for in another person?
I honestly don't have a type. I never have. Every person I've dated has been completely different than the last. The first time he and I hung out, I was very clear: "I have no interest in having a boyfriend. Or a girlfriend." I had just broken up with a woman. And, of course, that kind of jinxed me. I set myself up. But we have a lot of common goals. It's hard to find people who have let go of the distraction of materialism, and he and I are both like that — we have a truth-seeker mentality.
Was it love at first sight?
Well, the moment I saw him, I just thought, "Ooh, he's so sexy!" and went looking for him for a few hours to be near him again. But I didn't know too much about him. You can't really get inside someone and who they are until you have your first argument or disagreement, or at least a conversation. So, love at first sight, I don't know. Maybe first encounter? That energy exchange. That seems more legit than just seeing someone and falling for them.
What should the world know about dating and finding love in DC?
Above all else, accept responsibility for yourself and your actions, even if you think the other person is as wrong as two left shoes. If you can do that, I think the possibilities are endless.