“He’s the most important thing to me…”

“I love the Lord so much, and I love my son. He’s the most important thing to me. I’m also a hard worker. I’m a breast cancer survivor.”

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Text and photo by Haley Burton. You can visit her Individuals of Charlottesville Facebook page to see people in other locations around Charlottesville.

“My life struggle is weight loss..”

“I’ve lived here [Charlottesville] for most of my life. My life struggle is weight loss. Seeing that most of my family is big makes it harder to lose weight. Everyone on my dad’s side of the family is big, and everyone on my mom’s side of the family is small. When we take family photos, she’s the smallest in the picture. It gets me down in the dumps because I can’t lose any weight. It’s a real struggle.”

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Text and photo by Haley Burton. You can visit her Individuals of Charlottesville Facebook page to see people in other locations around Charlottesville. 

“I was a nuclear engineer trying to be romantic…”

Right: “Let me tell you the extended version of the story of how I met my wife. I took a course at the FEI (Federal Executives Institute) on Route 29. The course allowed a 3 hour break for students in the middle of the day. So during my course’s first break, I went to Oakley’s Gently Used Books looking for science fiction since I heard it had the best science fiction in town. I came to the register, and began talking to the woman behind the counter. It turned out we had a lot in common. As I stood there at the register with about 7 or 8 books in hand, I thought about a way to ask her if she was married or not without scaring her away. In order to ask her without being in her personal space, I went to the door. As I was about to leave, I said to her, ‘Let me see that left hand.’ She raised it up and smiled. I took her out, we dated for two years, and then we married in 2000. We’ve been happily married for 14 years. Nowadays, I give people the abbreviated version of our story by saying, ‘I came in looking for science fiction, and I found a fantasy. I married her.’ I was a nuclear engineer trying to be romantic.”

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Text and photo by Haley Burton. You can visit her Individuals of Charlottesville Facebook page to see people in other locations around Charlottesville.

“I work here at Water Street Parking Garage part-time…”

“I’m a workaholic. I work for Charlottesville City Schools, and I work here at Water Street Parking Garage part-time. I have a daughter and a granddaughter. I love church, and I love to serve the Lord. I LOVE TO SHOP. I’m a people person. I love people and children in general.”

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Text and photo by Haley Burton. You can visit her Individuals of Charlottesville Facebook page to see people in other locations around Charlottesville.

A community for new moms…

“I’ve been here [Charlottesville] for 10 years, and I think it’s such a great community. My mission behind creating Bend was to create a community for new moms. The business is meant to help moms with their needs, and do whatever is needed to assist them during their pregnancies, and while their children are developing for the first two years of life. Building this business has been my greatest triumph, and it’s turned into a labor of love. I don’t want to be a mom myself, but I love children and my job.”

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Text and photo by Haley Burton. You can visit her Individuals of Charlottesville Facebook page to see people in other locations around Charlottesville.

Bag with matching bat: DTM clothing store gets unexpected visitor

photoZoe Stevenson, an employee at clothing store Verdigris on the DTM, had an unexpected visitor yesterday– a giant bat, which she says was sleeping behind one of the bags that a standing mannequin was holding.

“When I went to move the bag it was thrown to floor,” says Stevenson. “ It was just lying there looking at me and breathing fast.”

Stevenson was sure she’d hurt the bat, and that it was dying, but then it sprang to life.

“I took the photo, and then right after it spread its huge wings and came at me,” she says. “ I ran as fast as possible out the door and opened the doors and just waited for him to find his way out.”

Stevenson said the large bat circled around the store for about ten minutes.

“I was terrified,” says Stevenson. “ They scare me to start with, but I have never been that scared around a bat before. I was sure he was chasing me and going to get tangled in my hair.”

So what happened to the bat?

“It flew out of the store.”

“Myotis lucifugus. ‘The little brown bat,’ “ local nature writer Jackson Landers informs The DTM. ”Totally harmless. It probably ended up in the store by accident and then freaked out.”