Metro Weekly

Coverboy: Eric

Eric doesn't consider himself flashy, but he certainly strives to be reliable -- much like a Toyota Corolla

When you think of Eric, phrases like ”clean cut” and ”all American” should come to mind. Possibly his only unsavory characteristic is his temper, which he has responsibly managed with weightlifting. ”Otherwise, I’d put holes in the wall,” says the 29-year-old. Still, it’s hard to imagine the seemingly mild-mannered government meteorologist – whose primary hobby is volunteering for a service organization – getting out of hand. Keep an eye out for him at Nellie’s, though, where he may go so far as to yell at a bad play. ”I’m more of a sports guy, not much of a dancing guy.” And why is that? In a word, Eric describes his dance floor attempts as ”awkward.”

What’s on your nightstand?
An alarm clock, a lamp, and a copy of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

Coverboy: Eric

Coverboy: Eric

What’s in your nightstand drawer?
A bunch of mismatched socks.

Where do you keep the condoms?
In the second nightstand drawer.

What are your television favorites?
The Big Bang Theory, Cheers and All in the Family.

What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
X-Men, the original cartoon.

What superhero would you be?

Who’s your greatest influence?
My father, easily.

What did he teach you?
How to give back to the community.

What’s your greatest fear?
Dying without improving the world in some way.

Pick three people, living or dead, who you think would make the most fascinating dinner guests imaginable.
Cal Ripken Jr., for being humble. Nelson Mandela, for being brave. The Buddha for knowing the difference between need and want.

What would you serve?
Hot dogs and beer for Junior, peri-peri for Mandela, and nothing for Buddha – just simplicity.

How would you describe your dream guy?
Someone who challenges my way of thinking.

Any particular physical attributes?
Shorter than me. I’m 5’9. I’m partnered, so this is hard.

Does your partner challenge your way of thinking?
God, more than I like!

Define good in bed.
Giving and taking equally.

Who should star in a movie about your life?
The only thing I’m getting here is Adam Sandler.

Who was your first celebrity crush?

Who gets on your nerves?
Whoever in the hell invented the Segway.

If your home was burning, what’s the first thing you’d grab while leaving?
The laptop. The dog, cat and partner can figure out how to get out on their own.

What’s your biggest turn-on?
A smile.

What’s your biggest turn-off?
Someone who is irresponsible.

What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t yet tried?
A mud run or backcountry skiing.

What’s something you’ve tried that you never want to do again?
Visiting Atlanta.

Boxers, briefs or other?

Who’s your favorite musical artist?
Led Zeppelin.

What’s your favorite website?

What’s the most unusual place you’ve had sex?
I don’t think I’ve ever gotten away from a mattress!

Any unusual places you’ve imagined having sex?
I’m really not that creative.

What position do you play in the big baseball game of life?

What’s your favorite retail store?
Banana Republic.

What’s the most you’ll spend on a haircut?
I cut my own. It’s usually buzzed.

What about on shoes?
As little as I can get away with.

What’s your favorite food to splurge with?
Greasy pizza and natural-cut fries.

What’s your favorite season?
Fall. But next it’ll be winter. I always look forward to the next season.

What kind of animal would you be?
A raven.

What kind of plant would you be?

What kind of car would you be?
A Corolla. I’m not flashy, but I’m reliable.

What are you most grateful for?
Having a roof over my head and my belly full.

What’s something you want more of?

State your life philosophy in 10 words or less.
Leave the world a better place than you found it.