Bachelorette of the week: Jenna Van Cleve
Meet Jenna, a 30-year-old bartender who lives in North PB. She loves triathlons, marathons, trail running, wine tasting, traveling, reading and the occasional yoga class.
Jenna and 11 other hot bachelor and bachelorettes are putting themselves on the auction block to help benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County. Jenna recently talked with DiscoverSD about what she’s looking for in a man and the San Diego dating scene.
Q: What’s the most important thing you look for in a guy?
How comfortable I feel around him. Does he smile, make eye contact, is he complimentary and polite; confident, but not arrogant?
Q: Describe your idea of the perfect date?
The perfect date would be effortless regardless of the activity. I love when a guy makes plans and then just tells me when to be ready and what to wear. After that I’m usually open to try anything, as long as it’s not dangerous or illegal. The conversation should flow comfortably where both of us are engaged and eager to hear what the other has to say. When the end of the evening comes we both linger just a little longer.
Q: When dating someone, what are your turn-offs?
I can’t stand when a guy is rude to service employees. I also can’t stand when someone I barely know starts teasing me or picking on me. It’s simply not cute and bad manners.
Q: What makes San Diego a great or terrible place to date?
There’s quantity, but very little quality. This city is full of Peter Pans who never want to grow up and settle down - this goes for men and women. This city is unique when it comes to dating. Many of the standard courting courtesies have been forgotten and I believe both men and women struggle to find a balance.
Q: Worst date you have ever been on and why?
Pick just one? I have seen and heard it all. Nothing is worse than a guy who gets too drunk and ends up with a bruised ego. I can’t pick the worst, but I can say losing your composure is definitely a good way to end a date real quick.
Q: Couple you admire the most and why?
I admire all couples who truly commit to working it out with each other. I think it’s much more difficult to be in a relationship than not to be. Once the initial chemistry wears off then the real work begins and a lot of people don’t have the strength or courage to see it through. I look at my friends who are truly committed to each other and I am in awe of such love and compassion, understanding and acceptance it can really be an amazing thing when it’s right.
Q: What would your dating profile headline say?
Give me a reason, and I’ll give you my time.
Q: What are you looking forward to the most with Rockin’ Date Night?
It’s something I’ve never done before and it’s out of my comfort zone. Who knows what will happen, but regardless of the outcome, I’m sure it’ll be a funny story to tell.
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