Name: Ann M. Little
Currently lives in: Wakefield
Occupation: District Scheduler for U.S. Congressman Jim Langevin
Tell us about yourself.
I grew up in Johnston, where much of my family still resides. My family and I have always been quite close, and they will continue to be an integral part of my life. I have two brilliant, charismatic younger brothers, James and Sam, and my older sister, Sarah, who also happens to be my first and very best friend (and wing-girl on many occasions). I don’t live far from my mom and dad now, and we chat and visit with each other just about every day.
I have always had a passion for sports, and I have so many fond memories of playing Johnston Rec. softball, basketball and soccer. My favorite, though, was being a member of the swim team at my local YMCA.
While I live near the beach these days, I work in Warwick and I am very often in the Johnston and Providence areas. So, I like to say that I’m part city mouse, part country mouse.
What do you do for fun?
I am very much a people-person. Amicable, compassionate, and an active listener, I enjoy sharing my good-spiritedness. A smile can go a long way, so I’m generous with mine. My family and close friends know me for having a great sense of humor and I love to make others laugh.
As much as I adore the company of others, there are few things I find more relaxing than getting lost in a book. A few of my favorite authors are Alice Hoffman and George R. R. Martin.
I am happiest being outdoors, whether it’s cheering on our PawSox at McCoy Stadium, or swimming and surfing down in my end of the state. I take pleasure in gardening and most recently, learning more about astronomy, thanks to the free public stargazing nights at one of the local observatories. You might find me at Frosty Drew Observatory on a Friday night, which is when they host their public stargazing night.
A few of my favorite weekend pastimes include catching-up on my favorite TV shows, meeting my sister for a drink at one of our favorite Irish pubs around Providence, or going out to hear my brother’s band play.
What’s something that people would be surprised to know about you?
I like to sing karaoke on occasion and I love to tell corny jokes, although I’m not sure everyone enjoys hearing me perform either of those!
I’ve mentioned that I am a major sports fan and truly, I root for all of our New England teams. Some people find it surprising that I am also a fan of the Cleveland Browns. Maybe it’s because while in college, I worked at a restaurant/sports lounge where some of my favorite “regulars” were an enthusiastic bunch of Browns fans, or maybe it’s because I have always had a soft spot for the underdog. Whatever the reason may be, there is no doubt in my mind that the Browns and their fans have a lot of heart.
What will get your attention in the opposite sex?
Confidence and a warm demeanor catch my attention, and courtesy and engaging conversation makes a good impression.
What’s your dating philosophy?
When it comes to dating, I’m a bit old-fashioned. Decorum does make a difference. The truth is, I can be downright shy. I also believe that the return depends on the investment. If you never make a move or convey your interest, you may never see the results you wish for. I’m not saying that one should make any fast moves; it’s more so about giving the guy the green light to say “hi”. I might do this by smiling and making eye contact. Ask me how my day was and I’ll ask you about yours. (Side note: While mentioning this question to my folks, my father advocated for what he called the “Slow and ‘No'” philosophy. True story.)
What’s your dealmaker/dealbreaker?
I'm looking for someone who will first prove to be a good friend, which I think is a great foundation for any romantic relationship. Qualities such as integrity, respect, and a non-judgmental attitude are important.
When it comes to dealmakers/dealbreakers, I really tend to always look for the positive qualities within that person’s character first. I wouldn’t say that I have a lot of dealbreakers, but a few examples might include a lack of ambition/passion/self-worth, drug or alcohol addiction, financial irresponsibility, Yankee fan… just kidding about that last one.
Dating in Providence isn’t easy, right?
Sure, everyone knows everyone else, but that isn’t always a bad thing. It’s a conversation-starter, and a mutual acquaintance might be the first thing you have in common with that person that you want to get to know better. Besides, our social media savviness has already made our small state that much smaller. My take on dating in a small state? Switch-up the routine. Venture outside of your comfort zone and your zip code if that helps. My take on dating, in general? Do what makes you happy, and own it! When you’re comfortable and at peace with yourself, people will be naturally drawn to you. Don’t dwell on the past too much, because it’s not worth worrying about something you cannot change anyhow. Appreciate the little things.
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