Rob Sholars, 24
Job: Junior associate in crisis communication and litigation at APCO Worldwide, a public-affairs firm. Education: BA in international affairs and political economy from Lewis & Clark College. Hometown: Mendocino, California. Now lives in DC’s Logan Circle. Dream date: I’m sort of an anti-dater. I feel like dates are often too structured, so I generally take women to events that generate discussion—a new exhibit, one of the many great jazz bars along U Street. Deal breakers: No downers. And I find it difficult to relate to anyone who doesn’t like animals. Where do you like to hang out? Busboys and Poets makes me feel like I’m back on the West Coast. Also, the West Building of the National Gallery and the Corcoran. Last book you read: I just finished No God but God, an examination of the Islamic faith. What are you looking for in a mate? It’s important to be with a woman who knows what she wants but also seeks out new experiences. Someone who enjoys the large, important moments in life and the inconsequential, fun moments. Good taste in music doesn’t hurt either. What good is a life soundtrack if it’s all Top 40?