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. After the jump, meet Bumbler, one of our most prolific commenters.The Frisky: Bumbler, please state your full name, age, and location for The Friskyverse.
KL: Kelsey Lynn. I don’t like to give out my full name on the internet after a nasty stalking incident while I was in college. Also, relative anonymity lets me be stupid online without any repercussions. I’m 26 years old and live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The Frisky: How did you find the site?
KL: I think I first found The Frisky through a link on CNN. I also think I signed up that day to start posting right away.
The Frisky: What do you do all day, other than follow The Frisky, which is totally condoned?
KL: Actually, I’m a dollmaker, which means I work from home. The Frisky is my much needed relief from sculpting, weaving and teeny tiny stitching.
The Frisky: Relationship status?
KL: Married for a year and a half to Senor Bumbler.
The Frisky: What is your fave post in recent Frisky history?
KL: I’m a sucker for any current events or political articles. While I love the lighter fare on fashion, beauty and relationships, I prefer to dig my teeth into a good debate.
The Frisky: What are your pop culture guilty pleasures?
KL: The only TV shows I watch regularly are “24,” “Psych,” and NBC’s Thursday night lineup, but I don’t think they’re embarrassing enough to qualify as a guilty pleasure. My guilty pleasures are not current pop culture; for example, I know all the words to almost every ’60s and ’70s musical ever made. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve had someone walk in while I’m belting out “Jesus Christ Superstar” or “Fiddler on the Roof.”
The Frisky: Can you share your most embarrassing dating story? We always share ours. It’s only fair.
KL: I haven’t dated a whole lot having met Mr. Bumbler in college so I guess my only embarrassing story is from when we first started dating. We had just reached the point in our relationship where we were starting to sleep over at each other’s apartments. For the longest time he would only stay at my place because his was just awful—think three college-age guys who enjoyed hiding dead fish in each other’s rooms. Eventually I worked up the nerve to spend the night there after he promised the sheets had been freshly laundered, he had checked the room thoroughly for fish and I packed a pair of flip-flops so I never had to touch the floor with bare feet. We settled into bed to watch “Sideways” when I noticed the insides of my ears and tops of my feet were really itching. He switched on the lights and we discovered I was covered in hives. He had to drive me to a 24-hour drug store to pick up antihistamines and then back to my place for a shower. I looked like Will Smith in “Hitch.” Luckily, Mr. Bumbler is a catch so he stayed with me all night rubbing calamine lotion on my feet.
The Frisky: Who is your celebrity doppelganger?
KL: I don’t get compared to celebrities fairly often. Mostly people tell me I look like their sister, niece, cousin, etc. The only time was when I was around 12 years old at a theme park. A local school for kids with developmental disabilities had taken a trip there and a boy a few years older than me thought I was Marcia Brady. I didn’t know how to let him down since he seemed so excited to meet Marcia so I signed an autograph for him.
The Frisky: What type of skivvies do you have on right now?
KL: Buffalo Bills bikinis, my Valentine’s Day present to my husband last year.
The Frisky: Can you share the last text message you sent?
KL: “OK.” Mr. Bumbler asked me to sign for a package he’s having delivered. I lead a life of excitement and glamour.
The Frisky: What is your secret talent?
KL: I am undefeated at Trivial Pursuit, can do a funny duck call and am a master of taming anti-social lizards. Basically, if it’s a completely unmarketable talent there’s a good chance I might possess it.
The Frisky: Favorite book, movie, musician or band?
KL: For books I obviously have to mention The Dark Tower series, which my screen name comes from, also Catch-22, Good Omens, Country of My Skull and The Divine Comedy. I read constantly so there are hundreds more but for the sake of brevity we’ll leave it at that. “Dr. Strangelove” and “The Pink Panther” are my go-to movies. I can basically watch anything with a young Peter Sellers over and over, even “What’s New Pussycat?” Also “Lawrence of Arabia” and “The Lion in Winter.” Mmmmmm, Peter O’Toole. My music, hands down: Tom Waits.
The Frisky: Who is your celebrity obsession?
KL: I’m not particularly obsessed with any one celebrity. I’m more an avid proponent of fictional relationships like Sean and Juliette from “Psych” and Troy and Abed from “Community.”
The Frisky: What’s something you hope to see more of on The Frisky?
KL: I think The Frisky staff has created a wonderful balance of articles so far. I really have no suggestions to add.