Name: Deidre Fraser
Hometown: Ewarton, St. Catherine, Jamaica
Currently lives in: Cranston
Occupation: Project Manager
Tell us about yourself. Where do you come from? What’s your background?
Jamaica mi born and grow! I am a proud Jamaican who grew up in Ewarton, St. Catherine. Growing up, I was probably what you would call an exercise-a-holic… learning and teaching kick-boxing, swimming, and dancing on the weekends.
Seven years ago, I came here to little Rhode Island for college, taking a risk and clearly not looking at a map to see how far up north I was coming, but I have been here ever since.
How do your friends describe you?
Sassy. I don’t know how many times I hear that one! My friends describe me as fun-loving, spontaneous, and down-to-earth. I love hiking and being outdoors (except in the winter). When I am outside, I feel in my element.
Where will we find you on the weekends?
On weekends you’ll probably see me at a park or by the beach walking or playing fetch with my puppy, Meatball (Shih-Tzu/Poodle mix). You can also find me shopping (luckily I’m not at shopaholic level) or just spending time with friends. At night, I could be either hanging out with friends at a bar or keeping it low key with a movie night.
What’s really important to you?
I am a family girl. I talk to my mom on a weekly basis and my cousins on a daily basis. I take every opportunity that I can to connect with my family… thank goodness for Skype and Whatsapp! I also love making others happy. Someone doesn’t need to ask, but I am just fine offering a helping hand when I see someone in need.
I like country music. Grew up listening to Kenny Rogers and first song sang to me was “Grown Men Don’t Cry” by Tim McGraw (why this song I don’t know). My favorite country song is “Why Don’t We Just Dance” by Josh Turner… you can’t help but just dance. On that note, I love dancing. I enjoy Latin dancing (salsa, bachata, cha-cha, and merengue) but outside of that you’ll probably catch me moving to the beat of my own drum. I would have to say that cooking is my greatest pastime… it’s a de-stressor for me.
What’s something that people would be surprised to know about you?
I have a fear of falling. How do I know for sure? Few years ago, I did a challenge to climb up a 40 foot pole. I was fine going up, fine standing on the bridge, but as I was being lowered slowly to the ground, I had my eyes closed and my feet were frantic. When I touched the ground, I cried like a baby. When asked what’s wrong, I blurted “I don’t even like Ferris wheels!”
What gets your attention from the opposite sex?
Someone who can hold a captivating conversation and can have a good laugh gets an A+. I honestly like someone who is comfortable being who he is. Smile, be genuine. When someone is trying too hard, it’s a turn off.
What’s your dating philosophy?
I may be young but I am an old soul. Call me old-fashioned, but I like traditional, but exciting dating. It doesn’t need to be a pain or a task, dating is fun. Enjoy the moment and don’t overthink the process. At the end of the day, you get what you put in… if you never make a move of interest, you’ll never see any result.
What’s your dealmaker/dealbreaker?
Outside of what a respectable woman obviously wants (a man who is loyal, ambitious, respectful, mature, etc.), I like someone who appreciates music, food, and the arts. Even though I am away from my family in Jamaica, I am still very close to them and will also value someone who shares the same or similar values for family. Everyone needs a bit of routine but everyone also needs to have a little spice in their life; the key is someone who is fun and spontaneous. I am blunt and sarcastic, no doubt about it, so someone who can take a hit and dish it back.
What’s your take on dating in a small town?
Luckily, as someone who did not grow up in Rhode Island, I haven’t hit the “everyone knows everyone else, and everyone has dated everyone else” issue. However, I do know the problems of dating in a small town when “everybady know yuh bizniz.” It doesn’t bother me as much because I tend to keep my private life just that: private.
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