Meet Our Characters
A true nature boy at heart, Manuel has found that he is truly at peace when wandering about the woods and talking to lizards. When away from the woods, he has been known to take on the persona as quite the ladies man. Dancing with a style all his own, it’s not unheard of for him to cause terror and pure dread in his dates. In fact, there have been times that his dates will actually ask him to take them camping…immediately, simply to escape the humiliation of being seen with him while out on the dance floor.
Mother…it’s an imposing name, one that brings thoughts of nurturing, and caring, and in some cases, nagging and control. In the world of relationships, there is no force more powerful than Mom. Whether it’s your Mom, or someone else’s Mom, they all form the secret network of Moms…simply known as “SNOM”. Working in absolute openness, Moms all over the planet plot and plan on how to push you over the edge of the single life and into the world of marriage. It’s just what they do. With subtle hints, and blatant statements, Moms bombard the willpower of those trying to hold onto their single life and ride it out for the fun of it, pushing for that married life. And as is often the case….what Mother wants….Mother eventually gets…
Raised in a family of brothers, Bridget learned quickly that the stereotypical girls life was not part of her destiny. At an early age Bridget took to sports and gave her brothers a run for their money in countless games of back yard football. She has yet to meet a man that can match her knowledge of sports. Only Jarred has come close to challenging her, so she keeps him around. Unfortunately there was a price for the path that her life has taken her down, and that is very clear in her cooking ability. Often known to burn water, Bridget has been linked to no less than five public health incidents where her cooking was involved. However, to date, nobody has had the heart, or courage to tell her just how poor of a cook she really is. The last time someone tried, she became so offended that she clobbered the guy believing he was just being rude.
The epitome of a good ole southern boy, Jarred has been dodging the commitment bullet for years. Always one-step ahead of the pursuit, Jarred has lived his life with reckless abandon that only a true sports fan can. As both a closet master chef, and cartoon scholar, Jarred’s true desire in life is to just sit at home, cook magnificent meals while watching cartoon marathons all day long as he decides which professional football team he will play for. Though he hasn’t touched a football in years, he has no doubt that it’s just a matter of time before they call him up. A simple misfiling of his walk-on request just must have been misplaced, and that’s why they haven’t contacted him yet.
Gretchen’s lifestyle has been fully rooted in their middle class family. When she was a teenager, Gretchen came to the realization that clothing colors other than black were for the annoying bubbly people of the world and had no place in her life. When it came right down to it, Gretchen made it a quest in her life to not just be someone living the “Goth” lifestyle…she intended to BE the Goth lifestyle. She finds Chris amusing in enough ways that never make her bored. The thought of marriage however always sends chills down her spine. To Gretchen marriage means kids and soccer practice. It means mini-vans and dinner parties. And most distressing, it means colorful dress suits. The thought is overwhelming. With each passing day she finds her friends crossing that bridge of the single life into the abyss of marriage and the pressure for her to follow continues to grow. She can only hope that her willpower will remain strong and she can hold out.
Chris has always looked at life in a different light. Perhaps it originates from his traumatic Action Figure incident as a child; his die hard gamer mentality…or perhaps it’s just because he was raised by wolves. Whatever the case, Chris’ world is a unique and colorful place. As care-free as can be, Chris roams the tundra of his apartment with a freedom that most people attribute to a slight touch of insanity. Regardless, Chris is happy with his life and his freedom in it. Always looking for a good time, he often finds himself in desperate fear of commitment. Whenever the mere thought of settling down and inevitably altering his lifestyle invades his happy thoughts, Chris’ intense “fight or flight” sense kicks in and he usually looks for the nearest window to leap out of. Someday “commitment” may catch up to him and force him into marriage, but until that time, Chris is not about to give up his ideals of how a single person’s freedoms should be.
Kitty…that was the only polite name for the poor feline that was remotely possible. If there was trouble to be had, then Kitty was always there for it. Because of its incurable curiosity, of Kitty’s 9 lives, it’s already used up 74 of them. With its one eye, and impossibly matted hair, Kitty has more often than not been mistaken for a fake cat, only to be rudely awakened and forced to punish the person that would dare interrupt its naptime.
It’s all about business for Drew. Business is his life and his life is about business. As such, he has never truly understood the concept of a true commitment, especially marriage. In most cases, he’s seen that corporate mergers do not go well, so he can’t see where a merger into marriage would be much better. With all assets and debts falling under one new ruling entity, it’s a strange and frightening thought. Armed with his research and analysis data of the potential disaster that could be brought on by a full marriage merger, he has held it at bay. His only fear now is that a hostile takeover could circumvent his carefully laid plans.
Latisha has been a model for most of her life. During her career she’s been on hundreds of magazine covers, fashion shows and TV commercials. If there was one thing that her career has shown her, it was how to be independent. From the first moment that she took the fashion show runway, she understood that her life was hers to control and compromise just wasn’t one of her strong points, just ask her.
“Shop until you drop” isn’t just a slogan, it’s a mantra. Juanita has proven time and again that it actually is possible to shop the day away, because clearly, fashions change and need to be kept up with. There was a time when Juanita thought there was more to life than shopping and herself, but luckily she got better. For Juanita, growing up as an only child quickly and thoroughly taught her that what was hers – was hers, and what was everyone else’s should be hers. It’s a philosophy that she can live with…