Last month, Nerd Wallet ranked Cleveland one of the best cities in America for singles. Yay us! Time to celebrate! With whom, though? Um, well, go ahead and mime a high five to that invisible spouse of yours sitting next to you, because that's all you've got. Yeah, now we're sad.
But maybe 77% of us (according to the last census data) are single for a good reason. Maybe that's just the byproduct of the dating pool in Cleveland. That's probably it. It's you, not me. In fact, it's not just you, it's these exact 10 yous — the 10 guys that you've probably dated in Cleveland. You know them. We all know them.
The Guy Who Hangs Out With Kyrie Irving
The bartenders at the Barley House all know his name and he'll regale you with stories of hanging out with Kyrie Irving and the athlete hangers-on of Cleveland, which is bound to inspire more "Whos?" than "Ahhs." Basically, Kyrie once gave him a fist bump on his way to take a piss and he assures you that you'll both be on the VIP list for Kyrie's next party. He was just too busy to add us to the list last time.
According to the last available data from the census department, 77% of Cleveland's population is single, but that population totals only at about 100 or so, which means the dating pool is about as big as the crowd at the last Browns home game of the season. Which means if you don't know someone else who's dated Kyrie Irving, it means that you were the one who dated Kyrie Irving. Unless it was Joe Haden.
The $30K Millionaire (Westside)
His plush downtown apartment is furnished with a futon and a coffee table he found at Goodwill. His fridge is stocked with one Dortmunder and half of a leftover steak from XO. He's all over Tinder, but his phone's a prepaid. He'll drop his plastic for bottle service on W. 6th, but no, he doesn't have any cash on him right now.
The Actual Millionaire (Eastside)
You're not even sure that he works, and there's a good chance that he doesn't. Of course, he doesn't need to. His family has a palatial estate on the east side, they've got three more spread around the country, he just upgraded to a new luxury BMW, his trust fund is stacked, and 75% of his meals are eaten at Red or Moxie or Fire or some super-secret restaurant you've never even heard of. Unfortunately, his Amex card has more personality than he does. Of course, he would say that's all the personality he needs.
The Ultimate Cleveland Sports Fan
He spends his mornings listening to sports talk radio, supplements that with a few podcasts at lunch, and returns to the radio for the afternoon. In between, he'll hit up Cleveland.com, ESPN and all the local sports blog. He's never far from Twitter (he's up to 734 followers, dont'cha know), dinner conversation involves talking about what Terry or Tony or Mary Kay or Bill or Jason said that day, and he silently scoffs when you don't know who he's talking about. Are you even listening? Evenings are spent watching whatever game is on, that is when he's not attending them. And if for some lame reason he can't watch on TV or be there, he'll be streaming on his phone or checking the scores. While you try to cuddle in bed, he's cuddling with his iPad reading about how Chief Wahoo should never go away. In fact, do you want to get matching tattoos in the morning?