Upon arriving at home following a long day at work, Dion Jordan heads to the fridge for some Cherry Garcia, only to find a Post-It conspicuously affixed to the handle: ''Wash the dishes that were left in the sink last night.'' Though he doesn't know it yet, there's another one waiting on his bedroom door: ''Remember to not slam.''
Dion doesn't have a nitpicky roommate. He and three others share a Dupont Circle townhouse with their landlord, a man with a thing for neatness and non-verbal communication.
''When we signed the lease to move in, he had a checklist,'' says Dion. ''It had rules about things like what time we can do laundry. Sometimes I feel like he's my mom.''
He's not just being flip. Growing up, Dion's mother was a virtual taskmaster. Even now, he clearly recollects the weekly regimen.
''Chores were done on Saturdays, yard work on Tuesdays, and on Sundays we washed the cars,'' he recalls. ''I did the cooking for the family Monday through Thursday. Sometimes it was overwhelming, but in the long run it was good. Today I'm still disciplined, definitely a motivator.''
Turning logic on its head, Dion fled his hometown of ''too boring'' Las Vegas for the thrills of Washington, D.C. His views of urban merit come from an uncommon vantage point. — he considers New York overrated, and once lived in Montgomery, Alabama for six months ''just for the culture shock.''
Once in D.C., a brief stint at Washington Sports Club gave way to a sales position at Results The Gym. Working on a shoestring budget, he garnered memberships for the new Capitol Hill location working with only a desk and a floorplan. Now, as Membership Director of the new facility, he manages the department's sales team. With a background in the hospitality industry and a passion for fitness, the job is ideal for him.
Though appearances are clearly not a hardship, you won't find him parading his goods at any of the circuit's vanity-laden parties. Preferring less ostentation, Lizard Lounge tops his list of nightlife spots, followed closely by Latin night at Chaos.
While his body is a priority, the fat-free low-cholesterol energy bar and tofu shake diet isn't for Dion. McDonalds? He's a regular. Taco Bell? They know him by name. Counterbalancing his fast-food fetish with plenty of squat thrusts and crunches is all in a days work.
So who is all the sculpting, slimming and bulking up for? At the moment, he's stag, and maintaining a good figure, according to Dion, is a must for a single gay man.
''Fitness is a stress reliever, but I do it for appearances, too. I definitely think there's more pressure to look good in the gay community,'' he says.
As for the ''ISO'' part of his profile, positivity is priority one.
''I do not like a pessimist,'' he insists. ''Enlighten my day and I'll enlighten yours.''
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