Local woman faces dating 'reality' tonight


Published: Thursday, May 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 11:24 p.m.
Enlarge |

Bonnie Laslo will appear on MTV's new show "Sex 2K" tonight.

ROB C. WITZEL/The Gainesville Sun

Facts

"Sex 2K"

  • What: MTV reality show that attempts to define dating in the new millennium.
  • When: Tonight at 10
  • Where: MTV (Cox channel 35)
  • MTV viewing party: 8 p.m. at Gator's Dockside Restaurant and Bar, Plaza Royale, Newberry Road.

  • Successful Gainesville Female Seeks Young Professional Male . . . Who's Willing to Go on Camera.
    Bonnie Laslo has manicured, rhinestone-tipped fingernails, long, dark hair, and almond-shaped dark eyes.
    She is a University of Florida grad and runs her own real estate business. She's positive, busy and knows how to have fun.
    She's single. And tonight, she goes national.
    "Sex 2K," a new MTV reality show, debuts tonight at 10, with the episode "High Speed Dating." The show looks at three different dating situations: meeting via the Internet, a blind date, and a four-minute date - all modern alternatives to traditional dating.
    It all started with a personal ad. "My friends and I put up profiles online on Match.com, and they e-mailed me," explains Laslo.
    She was hesitant to give out personal information to the online dating service, but decided to give it a shot. "I thought it was a joke, in the beginning," she laughs. "But I went along with it."
    After several interviews, MTV selected Bonnie to be a part of the show.
    "It's hard to find young professionals," admits Bonnie. "I think that's one of the reasons a lot of people go online. A lot of people who are online don't have a lot of time . . . From 8 to 5, I work. From 6 to 7, I go to the gym. That leaves 8 until midnight. That's my free time.
    "The whole filming put a kink in my dating scene. The nice professionals who want to meet you don't want to meet on-camera."
    As part of the documentary-style "reality TV" arrangement, MTV asked to follow Bonnie around on three dates that she arranged through Match.com.
    MTV filmed the dates at several Gainesville locations, including The Swamp, Mark's U.S. Prime, Jetset and Speakeasy.
    "They followed me around for close to six weeks," she says. "To work, to the gym, to both my houses . . ."
    Both houses?
    Yes, 26-year-old Bonnie is a dual homeowner. This stems from her job as a property manager, and owner of her own real-estate investment company, Silverleaf LLC.
    When she was 18, she asked her father to co-sign a $90,000 loan and bought a condominium. She lived in one room, and rented out the others. It all grew from there.
    She is now property manager at a local apartment complex, and owns several properties of her own.
    She has taken on a business partner and plans to retire by age 36.
    While she is a master at handling business affairs, wearing a microphone 24 hours a day wasn't easy. She couldn't take it off, "even in the bathroom," she says. "They could hear everything!"
    Bonnie remembers some tense moments, including an on-camera 3 1/2-hour fight with Date No. 2, a.k.a. Sebastian, "about being exclusive." Bonnie was not ready to commit. "I had only known him a month!"
    There were also some funny moments: While out on date No. 1, with Tom, a Jacksonville ad executive, the couple ran into Date No. 2, Sebastian, who was out with friends.
    Date No. 3 "looked like Keanu Reeves in his picture," she says, "but it turned out that the picture was 2 years old and his hair was going."
    So what is Bonnie looking for?
    "Professional, preppy, ambitious, with no emotional medications," she laughs.
    And what's the definitive relationship-wrecker?
    "Fighting all the time. I'm not going to live my life that way," she says. "My parents did that."
    "I'm not a person who believes in making choices, or sacrifices," she explains.
    Appetizers, for instance. When going out to eat, she can never decide between them. So she orders everything. "All my friends, they know. Bonnie doesn't want to make choices. She just wants it all."
    Bonnie has had two long-term boyfriends, both relationships lasting five years. But she's decided this time around to look before she leaps. "I'm not gonna get lost in a guy like I have in the past - you wake up and have no friends," she remembers. "I'm not mean about it. I'm just busy."
    There are several other aspects to MTV's "Sex 2K," which focuses on creative, innovative ways to meet mates in the 21st century.
    Bonnie mentions Tucker Max, a regular guy from Chicago who embraces nouveau-celebrity status thanks to his Web site, where women can apply to date him.
    Well, maybe not such a regular guy. He's looking for a drop-dead gorgeous broad who will bear him at least five children, do his laundry, cook, massage his shoulders, and ask him about his day. Oh, and she has to be fun.
    But first, she had better be able to wade through Max's Web site that explains his self-involvement at length.
    Tucker Max will also be a part of tonight's "Sex 2K" lineup. After all, his approach to dating is certainly . . . creative.
    Would Bonnie ever go for Tucker? Probably not.
    Rule No. 1 in Bonnie's Rules for Sensible New-Millenium Dating: "Be choosy. Pick the one who's gonna make the effort, who shows maturity, who tries to make you happy . . . It's just as easy to love Mr. Right as Mr. Wrong."

    Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.

    Comments are currently unavailable on this article

    ▲ Return to Top