Hot Valentine's Day Confessions

Real Dish On Their Favorite Valentine's Day Moments
ESSENCE.COM Feb, 05, 2009

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Name: Jaxson Lederle
Age: 33
Occupation: Corporate Account Manager
Hometown: Ft. Worth, Texas

“I was dating a very sexy intelligent young lady. I drove from Dallas to San Diego, while she made the trip from L.A. and we had a magical weekend. We dined at the open-air restaurants, went bike riding along the pier, shopped, and took a romantic boat ride on the bay. As we sat on the balcony of our hotel room, looking out at the water, we exchanged gifts and kisses. She sang me a song later that night as we lay in bed with the balcony door open, with the lights off and the moonlight finding its way in. I got chills all over. It was a long-distance relationship, so the time together was even more amazing. It’s an experience that I’ll never forget.”

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Name: Jean M. Alerte
Age: 27
Occupation: CEO/Celebrity Manager
Hometown: Dix Hills, New York

“Last year I took my girl to San Francisco for the week. We went to dinner at the Carnelian Room, which is the highest point of the Bay area and has a 360-degree view. It was really sexy! I had the waiter bring out a piece of cake with a little box. When she went to open it I got on one knee and asked her to marry me. When she said yes she was stunned that the ring in the box was nothing compared to the ring in my pocket!”

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Name: Vernon Davis
Age: 25
Occupation: Tight End for San Francisco 49ers
Hometown: Washington, D.C.

“I had a limo pick my Valentine up, and it was filled with her favorite candy. I hired my four sisters to cook and serve dinner at my house with her favorite flowers on the table. I picked some of her favorite songs that I noticed she liked over the years and played them throughout dinner. After eating, we danced for a while, and then the limo took us to see one of her favorite movies. It was great for both of us, but mostly me, because it felt good to see her so happy, and it was nice to do something low key.”

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Name: Shearill Brown
Age: 35
Occupation: Database Architect-System Engineer
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan

“My Favorite Valentines Day memory was on February 14, 2007. I handed my 6 and 9-year-old daughters roses and a box of Sees candy. We headed to their favorite restaurant, MIMI’s Cafe. They ate the spaghetti dinner and a “dirt cup,” a dessert of chocolate pudding. After dinner we went home and I gave them their baths and then watched them sleep like my little Angels. It was an amazing night."

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Name: Chip Cosby
Age: 35
Occupation: Sports Writer
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky

“My most special Valentine’s Day happened to be the first one that I shared with my wife, LaNedra, after we had gotten married the previous summer in 1997. We took a trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee and rented a chalet in the mountains. Although it was February, the weather was nice and we spent our day walking through the village visiting all the shops, and at night time we’d go back to the chalet and enjoy the beautiful view of the mountains. Although we’ve enjoyed many Valentine’s Days since then, that one will always stand out.”

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Name: Sharief Easterling
Age: 22
Occupation: Messenger and aspiring hip-hop artist
Hometown: Brooklyn

“My favorite Valentine’s Day memory took place in 2005. I had just withdrew from Seton Hall University for financial reasons and wasn’t in the best of moods. I had also just started dating this girl and didn’t have any money. On the day before Valentine’s Day, on my way to pick up the last of my things from campus, I found $160 in the train station. I felt like it was a blessing from cupid. I got to give her flowers, candy, a little teddy bear; you know the kind of stuff an 18-year-old gives his girl. I really liked her and she was my first serious girlfriend. She was really happy and surprised because she wasn’t expecting anything.”

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Name: Sean Williams
Age: 34
Occupation: CEO-Managing Partner of Halo Security Consultants
Hometown: Brooklyn

“As soon as the holidays are over, I am already thinking of what I plan to give my beautiful wife of 13 years for Valentine’s Day. Gift giving is year-round for me, because her love is so appreciated. In 2001 I put together this wonderful collage of photos we took together over the last five years. They were placed inside a big card, with personalized notes under each photo. It brought tears to her eyes reflecting on each special moment of our lives together.”

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Name: Carlton Riddick
Age: 38
Occupation: Senior Network Engineer and entrepreneur
Hometown: Atlanta

“On our first Valentine’s together, my wife, then my girlfriend,
told me that she never in her life had received any of the traditional Valentine’s Day gifts. I could not believe it! She was 24 at that time. So, I bought her everything that a woman is supposed to get on Valentine’s Day like a large Godiva heart-shaped box of chocolates, a teddy bear, a valentine’s card, a big
heart-shaped ballon and roses. I
loved the big smile on her face. I think she even cried a little. It was great.”

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Name: Myron Michael
Age: 30
Occupation: Poet, writing instructor, proprietor
Hometown: Oakland by way of Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Sincerely, I wanted to score. She was a sexy dendrologist [one who studies trees], so I use recycled paper to make 50 Origami roses with a haiku written at the heart of each flower. Her roses were her favorite colors—blue and yellow. 50 folded roses was a big romantic leap on Valentine’s Day, even for a romantic like me. Though I didn’t score, she smiled before planting them in plastic cups.”

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Name: Alan Lamar Patterson
Age: 38
Occupation: Minister
Hometown: Houston, Texas

“I surprised my valentine with the ultimate tropical getaway celebration to Los Cabos, Mexico. It was the quintessential embodiment of elegance. As we dined by candlelight outside of a chapel overlooking the Sea of Cortez and the Mariachi band played, I looked across the table at my wife and the tears of joy that watered her eyes were priceless! I wasn’t a rude boy but there’s no doubt, ‘it was written all over her face, she didn’t have to say a word!’”

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Name: Keith S. Story
Age: 29
Occupation: Senior Systems Engineer
Hometown: Newark, New Jersey

“My favorite valentine’s memory is with my current girlfriend. As I entered the airport to catch my flight to Atlanta, where she lived, I tucked in all of her gifts and surprises in my carry on. I stayed in the city for about four days and each morning she woke up, I surprised her with a gift and an accompanying poem. I had perfume, lingerie, a watch and other gifts. And every morning her face was filled with happiness and thus ignited my own.”

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Name: Douglas Colon
Age: 51
Occupation: Security Consultant/
Retired Federal Special Agent
Hometown: Atlanta

“I took my girlfriend at the time to our favorite Chinese restaurant on Broadway in New York City. We kissed every time we saw something red. I ordered everything on the menu that had those tiny red peppers. I had to drink about five glasses of water because I was sweating like a runaway slave, but I kept the kissing going! Of course I drove very slow and got caught by every red light on the way there and back. We had to take the rest of the day off…a prerequisite for really hot lovemaking!”

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