Hands down, the best thing about working at The Frisky is our amazing readers. We so heart all of your witty, thoughtful, and informative comments—heck, we even appreciate the mean ones. Sometimes, we can’t help but wonder about the faces behind avatars. After the jump, meet *Sam*, one of our most prolific commenters.The Frisky: *Sam*, please state your name and location for The Friskyverse.
Sam: Sam Lyons. Yes, that is short for Samantha, but I don’t care for it as it’s too long and formal for my tastes. Plus, ‘Sam’ is gender neutral. I’m 23. And I currently live in the middle of B.F.E., NC (aka New Bern) though I consider Jacksonville, FL, home.
The Frisky: What do you do all day, other than read and comment on Frisky posts, which is totally condoned?
S: I’m employed as an Associate Professional doing what’s called Community Support … which is really just a fancy term for a mentor. I work with at-risk and mentally ill individuals, mostly adolescents. It’s my first “real” job and I love it.
The Frisky: Relationship status?
The Frisky: How did you find the site?
S: Through CNN.
The Frisky: What is your fave post in recent Frisky history?
S: Well, considering that I plan to pursue my Ph.D. in counseling to work with LGBTQ and at-risk kids, I really enjoyed the one about the gentleman making the transition from female to male. I think that in today’s climate, transgender and gender identity issues are often left by the wayside while issues regarding homosexuality and marriage equality are in the spotlight. Don’t get me wrong, those issues are crazy important as well, however, sometimes I feel as though the “T” part of the LGBT community is left out so we can focus more on the L, G, and B side of things. Whether it is because people assume homosexuality is a more important issue or because people don’t understand trans issues, I don’t know.
The Frisky: What are your pop culture guilty pleasures?
S: OK, I admit it. I am OBSESSED with “Monty Python.” Whether that can be considered “popular” culture is probably debatable, but I love it nonetheless.
The Frisky: Can you share your most embarrassing dating story? We always share ours. It’s only fair.
S: Oh sheesh … umm, to be honest, I’ve never really been one to “date.” I’ve always just ended up dating friends. However, there was this one time that an ex and I decided to spend the day in St. Augustine (best place EVER by the way!) and after dinner we wanted to go to the beach. As we were going over the bridge to get to Anastasia Island, we got pulled over. My ex was driving and he knew he wasn’t speeding, so we thought it was just for a taillight or something like that. So as we’re sitting there waiting for the cop to come up to us, all of a sudden we hear, “Put your hands in the air!” and the cop came up to us pointing a fricking pistol in our face!! Naturally we were both scared s**tless and had no idea what was going on. Apparently two people had just robbed a convenience store and shot the clerk and drove off in a small white car. (At the time, I was driving a white, two door Saturn.) But, the fun didn’t end there. After the cop apologized and let us on our way, we finally found the perfect secluded beach to take our “walk.” While we were getting frisky (translation: naked), I thought I heard some voices so I stopped for a second. When I didn’t hear anything, I forgot about it and kept going with the make-out session. Well, lo and behold, shortly thereafter a very LARGE group of people came walking over the sand dunes—coolers, chairs, blankets and all. My ex and I quickly made a run for it. But of course, it was a clear night with a full moon and I’m pretty sure the ENTIRE group saw our bare butts in the moonlight. Once we made it a “safe” distance (which, I mean really, there’s no such thing on a beach on a clear, well-lit night) we hastily put our clothes on and “casually” walked back towards the group so we could get into to our car and get out of there. We could hear them laughing the entire time. Even though we were both mortified, the night ended well when we stopped in Ponte Vedra on our way home to break into a private condominium’s pool and finish what we started on the beach. Hey! We had to wash the sand off somehow.
The Frisky: If an actress could play you in a movie, which actress would it be?
S: I’ve been told by the people who know me best that I remind them of “Juno” because of her demeanor and the way she carries herself. So, I guess Ellen Page. Or maybe Reese Witherspoon because I think she’s ridiculously cute and classy … oh, and intelligent.
The Frisky: Thongs, full coverage, boy shorts, commando? What’s your underwear style?
S: Boy shorts or string bikini. Oh, and cotton. Unless it’s a “special” occasion, then I’ll go for lace, but even then it’s still lace boy shorts.
The Frisky: Can you share the last text message you received?
S: Sure. It was from my husband reminding me that he has duty on the 26th (lame!) so that if we do get a chance to go home for Christmas, we’ll have to leave Christmas day to be back in time for it.
The Frisky: What is your secret talent?
S: I have a really good auditory memory and can therefore quote the “Old Gregg” skit (the 7-minute one on You Tube) in its entirety as well as numerous bits from “The Holy Grail” and the “Dead Parrot” sketches. It’s not completely useless, though. It also means that I rarely ever have to study for exams or take notes.
The Frisky: If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be?
S: Italy. My husband and I didn’t get to have a big wedding or honeymoon (yet) since he was originally scheduled to deploy at the first of the year. So I would really love to be able to go on a honeymoon to Italy for like a month and hit all of the best spots: Rome, Venice, Naples, etc. and see the priceless works of art and architecture.
The Frisky: What’s something you hope to see on The Frisky in 2010?
S: I really liked the daily style posts chronicling what you all were wearing in September as well as the weekly style diaries. Style and fashion in general are like foreign creatures to me, so I find it intriguing to see what the staffers are wearing as you all are undeniably more fashionable than I. Also, I like getting to know what you actually wear on a daily basis as opposed to the high-end stuff I see being written about. I know it will be a VERY long time (if ever) before I can afford designer labels!