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Sizzlin’ Singles Rockin’ It!

Here they are! This year’s swingin’, singin’, stylin’ singles! The guys and gals we’re featuring are working hard in their careers and working to help the community, and yes, sometimes they play to the beat of their own drums, but that’s why we think they’re so great—and deserve to be in the spotlight. So turn it up and rock out as you get to know this year’s rockin’ singles!

Jeany Handy, 41,

Sr. Relationship Banking Officer

Jeany Handy
Jeany Handy

Favorite local cause: Marley’s Mutts.
Favorite local event: Annual Teddy Bear toss at the Condors Hockey game!
Turn on: smile, brain, or build? Smile, followed by a great sense of humor.
Worst habit: I can be a tad long winded. If I’m sharing a story, I don’t like to leave out any details.
Best trait: Be fair and always give the benefit of the doubt.
Pet peeve: Dishonesty. I’d rather be hurt with the truth than comforted by a lie.
Three things you look for in a relationship: A friendship that will endure even if the relationship doesn’t. Keeping a healthy distance, because everyone deserves their own space. Sharing the love for God.
What are you most grateful for? My beautiful 22-year-old daughter! She’s been the best gift in my life.
Do you prefer email, text, or real conversation? Call me old fashioned…real conversation.
If you had to pick one ’80s movie to summarize your overall view on love, what would it be? Sixteen Candles. It’s a classic and one of my favorites!
Which of the Seven Dwarfs do you relate to the most? Happy, of course!
Dancing or karaoke? Dancing.
True or false: making pets wear ridiculous clothing embarrasses them? True. I don’t oppose to a pretty collar or bow on my female boxer. That is the most I’ll do.
Name the best celebrity impression you can do: In the spirit of keeping it local… Principal Ramon Hendricks from Stockdale High School.
Is it ping-pong or table tennis? Ping-pong.
Dinner party or backyard barbecue? I enjoy cooking for both but prefer a backyard barbecue.
What has been the best dance craze to ever hit pop culture and when was the last time you did it? The Running Man. Last attempt was in the shower this morning. Don’t try this at home.
You have the chance to create your own robot. What are its special capabilities? A dessert-making robot that cuts out all the calories without compromising flavor!
What is the most romantic spot in Bakersfield? Taking a walk during sunset at the Park at River Walk.
Tell us your best/worst knock-knock joke: Knock knock, who’s there? Mustache. Mustache who? I mustache you a question, but I’ll shave it for later.
Name one item that’s on your Bucket List: A trip to New York to see a live taping of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon followed by a taping of Saturday Night Live.
Tell us your most impressive bit of Bakersfield trivia: Bakersfield is home to Grammy Award winning nu metal band Korn.


Jeremy Koop, 32

Jeremy Koop
Jeremy Koop

Favorite local cause: Not picky. Anything that helps people in need.
Favorite local event: Glennville Rodeo.
Turn on: smile, brain, or build? Brain.
Worst habit: Time management.
Best trait: Being spontaneous.
Pet peeve: Democrats.
Three things you look for in a relationship: Honesty, spontaneity, loves to have fun.
Kids; pets; kids and pets; or “Hell NO”? Kids and pets.
What are you most grateful for? My life and those around me.
Do you prefer email, text, or real conversation? Real conversation.
If you had to pick one ’80s movie to summarize your overall view on love, what would it be? Can’t Buy Me Love.
Which of the Seven Dwarfs do you relate to the most? Happy, because I love to have fun.
Dancing or karaoke? Dancing.
True or false: making pets wear ridiculous clothing embarrasses them? Absolutely true.
Name the best celebrity impression you can do? N/A I’m one of a kind.
Is it ping-pong or table tennis? Ping-pong.
Dinner party or backyard barbecue? Backyard barbecue.
What has been the best dance craze to ever hit pop culture and when was the last time you did it? Twerking. Never have but love to watch.
You have the chance to create your own robot. What are its special capabilities? Night tracking with great aim for shooting.
What is the most romantic spot in Bakersfield? Down a dirt road.
Tell us your best/worst knock knock joke: Knock knock. Who’s there? Lenna. Lenna who? Lenna little closer and I’ll tell you.
Name one item that’s on your Bucket List: Flying.


Jessica Gomez, 26,

Behavioral Health Therapist

Jessica Gomez
Jessica Gomez

Favorite local cause: Anything that helps improve our youth.
Favorite local event: Village Fest.
Turn on: smile, brain, or build? The first thing I notice is a smile, but a brain is a huge turn on!
Worst habit: I’m opinionated. Sometimes a little too much, but I say what’s on my mind.
Best trait: My personality! I’m fun, happy, and usually up for whatever.
Pet peeve: People who don’t have an open mind.
Three things you look for in a relationship: Trust, laughter, and support.
What are you most grateful for? Definitely my family! They mean the world to me!
Do you prefer email, text, or real conversation? A real conversation. Like I said before, a brain is a huge turn on!
If you had to pick one ’80s movie to summarize your overall view on love, what would it be? Dirty Dancing – “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.”
Which of the Seven Dwarfs do you relate to the most? Happy, I’m usually in a good mood and am always smiling and laughing.
Dancing or karaoke? Dancing! I love dancing!
True or false: making pets wear ridiculous clothing embarrasses them? False, I love dressing up dogs! They have personalities, too!
Name the best celebrity impression you can do: If I was good at any, I would be rich right now!
Is it ping-pong or table tennis? Ping-pong, it sounds more fun that way!
Dinner party or backyard barbecue? Backyard barbecue.
What has been the best dance craze to ever hit pop culture and when was the last time you did it? Ha-ha! The Tootsie Roll! I did it just last week. I love to dance!
You have the chance to create your own robot. What are its special capabilities? I would just want it to cook. I would love to have a personal chef!
What is the most romantic spot in Bakersfield? Not sure, I need someone to help me find it.
Tell us your best/worst knock-knock joke: Knock Knock! Who’s there? Madame. Madame who? Madame foot’s caught in the door! (That one made me laugh! Ha-ha!)
Name one item that’s on your Bucket List: A hot air balloon ride over a majestic scene!
Tell us your most impressive bit of Bakersfield trivia: In 2005 Garth Brooks proposed to his wife Trisha Yearwood at Buck Owens Crystal Palace, and I was there to witness it!


Joshua Samarco, 32,

Rig Manager, Ensign Drilling

Joshua Samarco
Joshua Samarco

Favorite local cause: Breast cancer awareness. “Save the boobies.”
Favorite local event: Village Fest. It’s for a good cause.
Turn on: smile, brain, or build? Smile, especially if I am the reason for it.
Worst habit: Being tooooo friendly.
Best trait: My dimples.
Pet peeve: When women put on makeup and the don’t need to.
Three things you look for in a relationship: Respect, loyalty, and someone who knows how to drop it like it’s hot.
Kids; pets; kids and pets; or “Hell NO”? Kids and pets.
What are you most grateful for? My beautiful daughter, Austynn.
Do you prefer email, text, or real conversation? If it takes more than six words to explain, it should be a real conversation. I want to listen to a beautiful voice rather than Siri.
If you had to pick one ’80s movie to summarize your overall view on love, what would it be? Top Gun. Just call me Maverick.
Which of the Seven Dwarfs do you relate to the most? Happy. My dimples stand out more.
Dancing or karaoke? Dancing—hands down.
True or false: making pets wear ridiculous clothing embarrasses them? True…but sometimes it’s cute.
Name the best celebrity impression you can do? John Wayne.
Is it ping-pong or table tennis? Ping-pong, but beer pong is better.
Dinner party or backyard barbecue? Backyard barbecue with family and friends.
What has been the best dance craze to ever hit pop culture and when was the last time you did it? Twerking to “Baby Got Back” …about five minutes ago in front of the mirror.
You have the chance to create your own robot. What are its special capabilities? Invisibility and x-ray vision.
What is the most romantic spot in Bakersfield? Candlelight dinner at Mama Tosca’s.
Name one item that’s on your Bucket List: Vacation to Ireland.


Jackie Cameron, 34,

Executive Director of No Kill Kern and Professional Dog Trainer

Jackie Cameron
Jackie Cameron

Favorite local cause: No Kill Kern. of course!
Favorite local event: Relay For Life.
Turn on: smile, brain, or build? I prefer an intelligent person.
Worst habit: I’m a workaholic. I do what I love so for me to work 10+ hours a day is no big deal but it really doesn’t leave a lot of down time for much else.
Best trait: I’m a workaholic. I don’t take no for an answer and am constantly challenging myself to be better at what I do.
Pet peeve: When people lick food off their fingers.
Three things you look for in a relationship: Mutual patience, honesty, the ability to challenge each other.
What are you most grateful for? Every day that I wake up with the ability to do what I love.
Do you prefer email, text, or real conversation? Text!
If you had to pick one ’80s movie to summarize your overall view on love, what would it be? Top Gun.
Which of the Seven Dwarfs do you relate to the most? Doc.
Dancing or karaoke? Karaoke.
True or false: making pets wear ridiculous clothing embarrasses them? I don’t know if it embarrasses them but it definitely isn’t necessary. Unless it’s Halloween…it is absolutely necessary on Halloween.
Name the best celebrity impression you can do: I honestly can’t think of one.
Is it ping-pong or table tennis? Ping-pong.
Dinner party or backyard barbecue? BBQ on a Sunday with my friends. Not many things compare.
What has been the best dance craze to ever hit pop culture and when was the last time you did it? No.
You have the chance to create your own robot. What are its special capabilities? My robot would allow you to view other dimensions of space and time. You could communicate with the other world but only by way of emoticon.
What is the most romantic spot in Bakersfield? Anywhere I can catch fish.
Tell us your best/worst knock-knock joke: Knock, knock! Who’s there? Boo. Boo who? Don’t cry; it’s only a knock-knock joke.
Name one item that’s on your Bucket List: I don’t have a bucket list. My life is now, I’m not worried about what I will get to see or do before my death.
Tell us your most impressive bit of Bakersfield trivia: Lake Ming once hosted dances for local teens. You’re welcome.


Jacob Osborne, 23,

Nursing Student

Jacob Osborne
Jacob Osborne

Favorite local cause: Ricky’s Retreat.
Favorite local event: Village Fest.
Turn on: smile, brain, or build? Smile, for sure.
Worst habit: Over thinking and oversleeping.
Best trait: The ability to turn any situation into a joke.
Pet peeve: Being rude to restaurant staff.
Three things you look for in a relationship: Someone fun with good conversation; someone female.
Kids; pets; kids and pets; or “Hell NO”? 6 kids and 8 dogs.
What are you most grateful for? Everyone that puts up with me.
Do you prefer email, text, or real conversation? Smoke signals.
If you had to pick one ’80s movie to summarize your overall view on love, what would it be? Better Off Dead.
Which of the Seven Dwarfs do you relate to the most? Dopey.
Dancing or karaoke? Both, to dubstep.
True or false: making pets wear ridiculous clothing embarrasses them? False. Makes them fabulous.
Is it ping-pong or table tennis? What?
Dinner party or backyard barbecue? Family backyard barbecue: that intervention has pie.
What has been the best dance craze to ever hit pop culture and when was the last time you did it? Gangnam Style. It’s my cardio routine.
You have the chance to create your own robot. What are its special capabilities? Writing socially acceptable answers to this questionnaire.
What is the most romantic spot in Bakersfield? Oildale…danger is quite romantic, wouldn’t you say?
Name one item that’s on your Bucket List: Writing a Bucket List.


Jason Cater, 28,

Executive Director Bike Bakersfield

Jason Cater
Jason Cater

Favorite local cause: Lift Homework Club. The program helps dozens of underprivileged students by providing tutoring services and fun activities two nights a week. It’s completely run by volunteers.
Favorite local event: Bakersfield Amazing Race and the Basque Picnic.
Turn on: smile, brain, or build? Smile and brain. A genuine smile is a reflection of a great character while intelligence is incredibly attractive.
Worst habit: Letting my dirty laundry pile up.
Best trait: Caring and genuine. I love to get involved in things that help others and my personality doesn’t allow me to fake things.
Pet peeve: Negativity and complacency.
Three things you look for in a relationship: Trust, respect, and companionship.
Kids; pets; kids and pets; or “Hell NO”? Kids and pets. Both are great but need to come at the right time in life.
What are you most grateful for? My family. Everyone in my family has impacted me in a positive way. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them.
Do you prefer email, text, or real conversation? Real conversation. Face to face interaction is how you make things happen in life. Get off the phone and go talk to people.
If you had to pick one ’80s movie to summarize your overall view on love, what would it be? The Breakfast Club, because people sometimes find love in the most unexpected places and people.
Which of the Seven Dwarfs do you relate to the most? Would say I’m a hybrid between Happy and Doc. It’s always important to be happy and maintain a positive outlook on life and lead.
Dancing or karaoke? Dancing while singing karaoke.
True or false: making pets wear ridiculous clothing embarrasses them? I don’t know if it embarrasses them but it sure embarrasses me to the point that I would never clothe them.
Name the best celebrity impression you can do? The universal Arnold Schwarzenegger impression.
Is it ping-pong or table tennis? Ping-pong.
Dinner party or backyard barbecue? Backyard barbecue. Being outside wins every time, even in Bakersfield.
What has been the best dance craze to ever hit pop culture and when was the last time you did it? Gangnam Style. And I think I’ve done it at almost every wedding I’ve been to in the past few years.
You have the chance to create your own robot. What are its special capabilities? A robot that can prevent accidents from happening, travel into the future, and read women’s minds.
What is the most romantic spot in Bakersfield? I like places in the city that are good for night hikes. The cross above Arvin, the Panorama Bluffs, and any lookout point with a good hike to get there.
Name one item that’s on your Bucket List: Base jumping with a wing suit.


Jason Souma, 23,

Oil Rig

Jason Souma
Jason Souma

What are you most grateful for? My father. He showed me compassion, guidance, and was always there for me.
Do you prefer email, text, or real conversation? Real conversation. Nothing speaks louder than a real smile, eye contact, and body language.
If you had to pick one ’80s movie to summarize your overall view on love, what would it be? Top Gun.
Which of the Seven Dwarfs do you relate to the most? Happy.
Dancing or karaoke? Karaoke. ’70s, ’80s, classic rock, or country.
True or false: making pets wear ridiculous clothing embarrasses them? True. Although sunglasses are acceptable.
Name the best celebrity impression you can do: Not sure.
Is it ping-pong or table tennis? Ping-pong.
Dinner party or backyard barbecue? Both!
What has been the best dance craze to ever hit pop culture and when was the last time you did it? Britney Spears. Made my own videos.
You have the chance to create your own robot. What are its special capabilities? One to drill oil rigs so I could stay home and still make money.
What is the most romantic spot in Bakersfield? Olive Garden. Nothing’s more romantic than endless breadsticks and soup.
Tell us your best/worst knock knock joke: Knock, Knock. Who’s there? Eva. Eva who? Eva you’re deaf or your doorbell doesn’t work.
Name one item that’s on your Bucket List: Wrestle with an alligator.
Tell us your most impressive bit of Bakersfield trivia: Garth Brooks proposed to Trisha Yearwood at the Crystal Palace!


Auriel Cochran, 32,

Hairstylist, Aesthetician, Makeup Artist and Personal Assistant

Auriel Cochran
Auriel Cochran

Favorite local cause: CASA
Favorite local event: Can I say Craft Beer Fest after what a bust it was this year?
Turn on: smile, brain, or build? Brain.
Worst habit: Talking about my cat…
Best trait: Sense of humor.
Pet peeve: When restaurants don’t carry a decent IPA.
Three things you look for in a relationship: Honesty, communication, and humor.
What are you most grateful for? Awe! My family of course!
Do you prefer email, text, or real conversation? For real conversation.
If you had to pick one ’80s movie to summarize your overall view on love, what would it be? “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”
Which of the Seven Dwarfs do you relate to the most? Happy.
Dancing or karaoke? Karaoke.
True or false: making pets wear ridiculous clothing embarrasses them? False. But that doesn’t mean they don’t hate it.
Name the best celebrity impression you can do: Sadly, I don’t have one.
Is it ping-pong or table tennis? Ping to the pong.
Dinner party or backyard barbecue? Both? Backyard BBQ I suppose unless it’s Bakersfield during the summer…
What has been the best dance craze to ever hit pop culture and when was the last time you did it? The Robot. I’m almost zero percent good at it but I do it all the time.
You have the chance to create your own robot. What are its special capabilities? Dancing. And cooking.
What is the most romantic spot in Bakersfield? My backyard with tunes and a great bottle of red. Of course, my robot will be cooking so…
Tell us your best/worst knock-knock joke: Knock knock: who’s there? Your mom. Your mom who? Your mom goes to college. (Inside joke)
Name one item that’s on your Bucket List: New Zealand to visit the Hobbitses.
Tell us your most impressive bit of Bakersfield trivia: Fact: Bakersfield summers feel like Mordor and all you want is Rivendell.


Chad Logsdon, 46,

VP Sales, Sun Solar

Chad Logsdon
Chad Logsdon

Favorite local cause: Relay for Life.
Favorite local event: The Bakersfield Jazz Festival.
Turn on: smile, brain, or build? Smile.
Worst habit: Not calling my mother as much as she would like me to.
Best trait: Always available when someone needs me.
Pet peeve: Not being on time.
Three things you look for in a relationship: Friendship, laughter, and love.
Kids; pets; kids and pets; or “Hell NO”? Kids and pets.
What are you most grateful for? Every new day.
Do you prefer email, text, or real conversation? Conversation.
If you had to pick one ’80s movie to summarize your overall view on love, what would it be? The Princess Bride.
Which of the Seven Dwarfs do you relate to the most? Happy.
Dancing or karaoke? Dancing.
True or false: making pets wear ridiculous clothing embarrasses them? True.
Name the best celebrity impression you can do? Marty the Moose from National Lampoon’s Vacation.
Is it ping-pong or table tennis? Ping-pong.
Dinner party or backyard barbecue? Both.
What has been the best dance craze to ever hit pop culture and when was the last time you did it? The Electric Slide…and at the last wedding I was at. It’s a staple.
You have the chance to create your own robot. What are its special capabilities? Cleaning up after teenagers and folding laundry.
What is the most romantic spot in Bakersfield? Seriously?
Tell us your best/worst knock knock joke: Knock knock. Who’s there? Boo! Boo who? Don’t cry, it’s me.
Name one item that’s on your Bucket List: A trip to Ireland.


Daron “Snacks” Harris, 30,

Radio Personality Energy 95.3

Daron “Snacks” Harris
Daron “Snacks” Harris

Favorite local cause: Bakersfield Homeless Center.
Favorite local event: Village Fest.
Turn on: smile, brain, or build? Brain.
Worst habit: Singing loud in public.
Best trait: My personality and smile.
Pet peeve: When people reach over my plate of food with out asking me.
Three things you look for in a relationship: Honesty, great sex, and one that knows how to converse.
Kids; pets; kids and pets; or “Hell NO”? Kids are fine, but no pets.
What are you most grateful for? Family and all of my many blessings.
Do you prefer email, text, or real conversation? Real conversation.
If you had to pick one ’80s movie to summarize your overall view on love, what would it be? I have no clue; not a big movie watcher.
Which of the Seven Dwarfs do you relate to the most? I never knew any of their names.
Dancing or karaoke? Of course karaoke, you can sing and dance.
True or false: making pets wear ridiculous clothing embarrasses them? True. They look so uncomfortable when they have anything on them.
Name the best celebrity impression you can do: Ray Charles or Steve Urkel.
Is it ping-pong or table tennis? Ping-pong.
Dinner party or backyard barbecue? How do you pass up a BBQ?
What has been the best dance craze to ever hit pop culture and when was the last time you did it? Anything Michel Jackson did.
You have the chance to create your own robot. What are its special capabilities? Being able to fly.
What is the most romantic spot in Bakersfield? Bistro.
Tell us your best/worst knock knock joke: Oh, boy, I don’t believe I have ever told one.
Name one item that’s on your Bucket List: Traveling outside the country.
Tell us your most impressive bit of Bakersfield trivia: Just moved here so I am still learning Bakersfield.


Derek Robinson, 46,

Fire Captain

Derek Robinson
Derek Robinson

Favorite local cause: Bakersfield Homeless Center and Grossman Burn Center.
Turn on: smile, brain, or build? A great smile is a good start.
Worst habit: Trying to do more things than I have time to complete them.
Best trait: I’d do pretty much anything for a friend.
Three things you look for in a relationship: Fun loving, adventurous, and independent.
Kids; pets; kids and pets; or “Hell NO”? I have both.
What are you most grateful for? Quality time with my son.
Do you prefer email, text, or real conversation? I’m more of a texter because I’m usually trying to do three things at once.
If you had to pick one ’80s movie to summarize your overall view on love, what would it be? Weird Science.
Which of the Seven Dwarfs do you relate to the most? Is there an 8th dwarf?


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