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. We decided to launch a weekly column where we learn all about a Frisky reader. Meet _JSW_, one of our most prolific commenters.
The Frisky: _JSW_, please state your name, age, and location for The Friskyverse.
JW: Joe Would, which is also my name when I’m not full. My actual last name is another word for timber … but I don’t feel like letting Google find me quite so easily. I’m 43 or “as the hills,” your choice. I live in a house. Okay, fine: north of Boston.
The Frisky: How did you find the site?
JW: Humorous and interesting. I still do. Oh, you mean … er, yeah. I stumbled on it via a CNN link, as did a lot of other members, apparently. I first read a post by Jessica, but I can’t quite remember which one.
The Frisky: What do you do all day, other than follow The Frisky, which is totally condoned?
JW: For the first six months of membership, very little except post on The Frisky and coast off the nice severance from a 10-year stint as a software engineer. Recently, I’ve been working at MIT. The pay is low (comparably) … but the job is amazing. Robots. Graphics. Programming. Macs. Access to The Frisky on occasion. Work life is good.
The Frisky: Relationship status?
JW: Married, two kids, platonic since ~1.5 kids. Some of you know the details, but for now I’ll just say that my status is changing. This site has been wonderful as a way to begin to feel like/remember that there’s life outside of what’s been going on at home.
The Frisky: What is your fave post in recent Frisky history?
JW: I hate this question for three reasons: (1) there is no regular staff member who hasn’t posted multiple articles that I’ve really liked recently; (2) my perception of articles is always affected by the comments, which is unfair to the articles’ authors because the comments often veer off on tangents; (3) I can’t settle on a given answer for more than a few seconds before finding another one I maybe liked a tiny bit more.Therefore, since I must answer, and since I probably won’t be allowed to post a link to a web page I’d write where I’d just rotate between a hundred articles so everyone will be happy, I will go with John DeVore’s Mind Of Man: Polyamory Is Not For Everyone. Why? It’s the most recent post from the staff member who has made me laugh the most over time. And I’ve needed to laugh.
The Frisky: What are your pop culture guilty pleasures?
JW: God help me, I love Disney World even though I want to hate it. Also, I catch most or all of the references in “The Simpsons” and “South Park,” so I must spend too much time keeping up on current non-events.
The Frisky: Can you share your most embarrassing dating story? We always share ours. It’s only fair.
JW: My most embarrassing dating story is probably that I have so few dating stories. It’s a lifelong thing with me. This is a short clip of me at the age of many of the The Frisky readers, lamenting my sad dating life. It was that way 21 years ago; it hasn’t changed much since. I was on the bed of a cute girl who was flirting with me and, um … nada.
But … hmmm … Okay. Maybe I have one. A girlfriend and I went to her best friend’s wedding. We got there late the night before, checked into the room quickly (didn’t even really look around, just dropped off our bags), and went out drinking with the others. We got back very late and pretty drunk. We tore our clothes off and were … well … active and not quiet.
The next morning, I opened my bleary eyes after hearing the voices of small children. It turns out that our room had one of those accordion-type room dividers to separate it from another room. No wonder the rates were so good. On the other side of that very thin, acoustically transparent divider was a family with what sounded like several small children, who at times mentioned “the noisy lady next door last night.” The parents didn’t sound happy. So, well, we woke them up, kept them awake, and they heard everything. I was mortified.
The Frisky: If an actor could play you in a movie, who would it be?
JW: Will Smith, Brad Pitt, or Robert Downey Jr. None of them look anything like me, but I want big opening weekend numbers.
The Frisky: What type of skivvies do you have on right now?
JW: Boxer briefs. Same as pretty much any day. Well, the same style. Not the same briefs.
The Frisky: Can you share the last text message you received?
JW: “It’s hard 2 break that precedent.”
The Frisky: What is your secret talent?
JW: You really should rephrase this as “previously secret.” Hmmm. I give great advice. I hide this talent by doing stupid things myself that contradict what I tell others.
The Frisky: Who is your celebrity crush?
JW: It’s difficult to narrow it down, but as of this instant, I’d have to go with Rachel McAdams.
The Frisky: What’s something you hope to see more of on The Frisky?
JW: Let me start by saying that I think the site is fantastic. Obviously—I’m on more often than the staff. I love the community, too. What I hope to see are more ways to involve and interact with each other and “Reader Revealed” is a fantastic step in that direction. I’d also love to have The Frisky merchandise so we can spot fellow Friskians on the street or in mug shots.