April 16, 2003 News & Features » Cover Story


Sex & City 

Most exciting place to have sex: Maymont

Finding new and creative places to make love is a naughty pastime for some people, and connubial bliss in the great outdoors seems to inspire the most lust among voters this year. Maymont is the top choice for adventurous love-makers. This may not be a title Maymont was dying to win. ("Does that have to appear in there?" a spokewoman appeals.) But apparently the stately garden draws those who dare to go bare — or at least fantasize about it — just like Adam and Eve, for sylvan fornication. Exactly where at Maymont remains unclear, but if the flower bush is rockin', don't come a knockin'.

For second place, our morbidly horny readers choose Hollywood Cemetery. A quickie among the headstones may not appeal to everyone, but who's to judge? Except the police.

Most cruel place to break up: Church

A long sermon. Uncomfortable pews. A chorus of crying babies. Then that special someone leans over and whispers, "I don't think this is working out." All factors contribute to church being voted the cruelest place to break up.

For certain men, this is especially rough. The irony is that she made him go in the first place. He's already missing kickoff of the day's 12-hour football marathon, so why not completely shatter his heart? Drop him quietly after the benediction or walk out on him as the choir exits, but don't make a scene in public, the place Style readers voted the second cruelest place to break up.

It could be worse. Other answers included: maternity ward, baby shower and over e-mail. Ouch.

The good news? According to our poll, your next sweetheart may be in the pew behind you. Church also won as the best place to find a second spouse. Why wait?

Most promising place to find your second husband/wife: Church

All right, this makes sense. When you're searching for someone you'd like to spend the rest of your life with — someone who shares your spiritual beliefs, someone who will understand your past heartbreak and loneliness — a house of worship is a likely place.

But what if you don't get lucky in church? Ukrop's was voted a close runner-up.

In the natural food aisle: "You could come to my place for a cup of organic, shade-grown Guatemala Highland Reserve. Soy or free-range?"

In produce: "My ex-husband used to squeeze the cantaloupes in just that way."

In the prepared-food section: "Do you have plans for tonight? I'm looking for someone to share my Dinner for Two. Beef stroganoff!"

It's worth a shot.

Most sexy Richmond "celebrity": John Reid

"OK, it's not an Emmy or a Peabody award," John Reid growls into his cell phone, "but I'll take it." He's tooling downtown after an eight-hour morning anchor stint at WRIC-TV 8, astonished that he beat R&B swoon-fest D'Angelo as Richmond's sexiest celebrity. "I beat D'Angelo? No one's ever seen me with my clothes off," Reid declares. C'mon, John, surely there's someone. The guy's cocksure wit and GQ style get noticed by voters of all persuasions. "It might not be looks but attitude, the way one carries oneself in public, that defines sexiness," he says. "All I know is, it's hard to look good at 5:30 in the morning."

Most promising place to get a phone number: The phone book

The phone book? Richmond, we're not talking about finding a number for a veterinarian or septic tank cleaner. This is called dating.

All we can deduce from your answer is that a) you're shy and prefer to slyly find out that hot someone's last name and then look it up yourself, or that b) you prefer the ol' dart-in-the-white-pages method of finding potential mates.

As a public service message, we urge all eligible citizens to practice verbally requesting contact information from attractive people. Some bars will even make it easier for you by providing matchbooks pre-printed with NAME _ NUMBER .

Your second most popular answer was Ukrop's (although we hope you're not getting numbers by peering into the checkbook of the person ahead of you in line), followed by Tiki

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