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 PinkRanger, one of our most prolific commenters.
The Frisky: PinkRanger, please state your full name, age, and location for The Friskyverse.
Paige: My name is Paige, I’m 24, I live in central NC, and was raised in the mountains of NC. I’m being a bit vague cause I have a crazy ex.
The Frisky: How did you find the site?
P: Through StumbleUpon, actually. It brought me to a Frisky search page with “feminism” in the search box. The first article I read was about that Japanese game “Rape-play” or something like that, and I absolutely loved the comments on it, so I joined.
The Frisky: What do you do all day, other than follow The Frisky, which is totally condoned?
P: I am currently in career purgatory. After college I had a huge “gotta get a job!” panic and ended up getting an esthetics license instead of pursuing a job with my degree. So I worked in a med-spa for a while, but over the last few months I’ve hated it more and more every single day and I’ve come to realize that if I’m not working with the community, I’m just not going to feel satisfied. So now I’m trying to figure out a way to do another round of school, this time studying elementary education with a focus on literacy. Hobbies-wise, I’m such a wannabe Iron Chef. I drive my boyfriend crazy trying to make faux-gourmet meals out of whatever is leftover in our pantry at the end of the month. This month’s secret ingredient … all those leftover sweet potatoes I swore I was gonna use! I’m also a bit of an amateur cheese-maker. I also love going to concerts and music festivals, and I dabble in roller derby *beware Paige’s Rage!*
The Frisky: Relationship status?
P: I have been living with my significant other for almost two years. He is an awesome high school English teacher who looks like Paul Rudd and James McAvoy smushed together. We are so much alike and were actually best friends for about a year before either of us had the guts to take it further. It was love at first sight; it just took us a while to realize it.
The Frisky: What is your fave post in recent Frisky history?
P: It’s hard to pinpoint, I suppose. I always love John Devore, Amelia, Annika, Ami, Simcha, Jessica. I should just copy and paste the list of contributors from your site. I guess the Reader Revealed stuff is actually my recent favorite. Loved the one on Senora Bumbler.
The Frisky: What are your pop culture guilty pleasures?
P: Right now, the Olympics. It’s like I avoid sports for two straight years, and then the Olympics are on and I’m a damn expert. “Ooooh, Plushenko totally two-footed the landing on that quad, tsk….tsk.” I also love “The Office,” even though I feel it’s petering out. Game shows are my favorite. And I watch way way too much Food Network.
The Frisky: Can you share your most embarrassing dating story? We always share ours. It’s only fair.
P: I don’t have too many dating stories, but once I spent an entire date ripping on a band called Bowling for Soup because they wouldn’t stop playing them in the cafe we were having dinner at. When I got into my date’s car, I saw that he had all of their albums in his CD changer. I have a bad habit of doing things like that; I’m an accidental elitist when it comes to music and movies.
The Frisky: Who is your celebrity doppelganger?
P: Honestly I don’t really think I have one. My boyfriend says I look like Zooey Deschanel, but clearly I don’t—we just have the same color eyes. I’ve gotten Katy Perry, but I don’t think I look like her either.
The Frisky: What type of skivvies do you have on right now?
P: Black lace hipsters.
The Frisky: Can you share the last text message you sent?
P: “No way, Denzel is a boring sunovabitch.” (Responding to whether or not I wanted to see “Book of Eli”)
The Frisky: What is your secret talent?
P: Mario Kart 64. I can beat anybody. Oh, and Texas Hold ‘Em. People just don’t expect me to know what I’m doing, and they pay in the end.
The Frisky: Favorite book, movie, musician or band?
P: Fave book is probably Invisible Man or The Bluest Eye. Fave movie is really tough because I am somewhat of a movie buff. My fave directors are Bergman, Solondz, and Lynch and I guess my favorite movies are “Rushmore,” “Breathless,” “Persona,” “Happiness,” “Eraserhead” and “2001: A Space Odyssey.” My fave musician is really tough too. Deerhunter is my favorite at the moment, but I love the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Yo La Tengo, The Jesus Lizard, Boris, and Liars.
The Frisky: Who is your celebrity obsession?
P: I don’t really get into celebs too much. My favorite actor of all time is Philip Seymour-Hoffman—everything he touches turns to gold. Except “Patch Adams,” but nobody’s perfect. And I think Jay-Z is really interesting. I’m actually seeing him on Sunday! Yay!
The Frisky: What’s something you hope to see more of on The Frisky?
P: Maybe more concert reviews. I am so envious of The Frisky staff living in NYC! Every band plays there, which makes me seethe with jealousy considering NC is one of the first states lobbed off of tours. It seems like with all the awesome local events, you guys have to be present at at least a few, and I wanna hear about it.