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 Effing Hickster, one of our most prolific commenters.The Frisky: Effing Hickster, please state your full name, age, and location for The Friskyverse.
Kelly Hicks: Kelly Hicks, 42, temporarily Wichita, but hopefully headed to New York in March.
The Frisky: How did you find the site?
KH: I can’t remember exactly, but I do know it was a link from one of my other regularly visited websites: The Consumerist, Huffington Post, BoingBoing, TreeHugger, or BuzzFeed.
The Frisky: What do you do all day, other than follow The Frisky, which is totally condoned?
KH: I’m unemployed at the moment, so my days aren’t exactly filled with excitement. Job listings, applications, et cetera. If family members didn’t consider it an impractical pursuit, I’d probably be spending more time on my drawing and painting.
The Frisky: Relationship status?
KH: Single, unmarried.
The Frisky: What is your fave post in recent Frisky history?
KH: It’s hard to name a favorite, but I’m usually attracted to articles concerning human rights issues, bad fashion, or scientific studies that follow faulty lines of logic.
The Frisky: What are your pop culture guilty pleasures?
KH: I’m definitely a film junkie. I love to study film, but I find academic treatises tiresome. I’d rather be involved with the making of film than the critique of it.
The Frisky: Can you share your most embarrassing dating story? We always share ours. It’s only fair.
KH: When I was a teenager, a lady friend and I experienced a case of coitus interruptus while out “parking” because of a peeping tom. I had to drive around for 15 minutes in the nude until I could find another place to park and get dressed.
The Frisky: Who is your celebrity doppelganger?
KH: That’s a hard one. Nobody ever associates me with a celebrity. Instead, I remind them of somebody’s brother or cousin. If I had to make a guess it would be an amalgam of Wil Wheaton (eyes and physical frame, but not so tall), Robert Mitchum (nose and jaw), and Clark Gable (ears like car doors).
The Frisky: What type of skivvies do you have on right now?
KH: Swimsuit style briefs. I hate tightie-whities because they don’t provide a roomy enough hammock, and boxers always bunch up in the rear.
The Frisky: Can you share the last text message you sent?
KH: “Will you be in Balabanovka next summer?” Balabanovka happens to be the Russian name of a small village southwest of Odessa, Ukraine, situated on the edge of the Black Sea. It’s a very quaint place. I’m told that it’s close to where the U.S.S.R. used to park its submarines during the Cold War.
The Frisky: What is your secret talent?
KH: It’s not really secret, but it might as well be. I’ve always been drawn to drawing and painting. I come from a practical family, so despite receiving appreciation for my talent, I haven’t received much support. Aside from being allowed to attend an adult art school as a teen, I haven’t been able to pursue the serious sort of art schooling I’ve always dreamed of. My art teacher was married to one of the founding members of The Prairie Printmakers and associated with such artists as Birger Sandzen, Bruce Moore, and Edward Hopper during her lifetime. Her teacher was B.J.O. Nordfeldt. She gained a great deal of collective knowledge, and passed some of it down to me before she passed away. If I could pursue my dream, I’d be studying at the Art Students League of New York.
The Frisky: Favorite book, movie, musician or band?
KH: I have a degree in English with a concentration in Film and Media Studies. You’re looking at the possibility of a very long conversation if you ask me this question, and it would cover many generations and genres. Authors that come to mind are Franz Kafka, Bernard MacLaverty, and Ursula K. LeGuin.
As for film, it’s the same though I do have a soft spot in my heart for many foreign filmmakers. Patrice Leconte, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Gaspar Noe, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Nikita Mikhalkov, Milos Forman, Kar Wai Wong, Yoji Yamada, Akira Kurosawa, Vittorio De Sica, and Michael Radford to name a few. When it comes to music, I’m open to anything but contemporary country, but I lean towards bands who have a certain kind of passion, such as The Beatles, The Psychedelic Furs, The Pixies, Radiohead, Los Tigres, Hank Williams Sr., Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, etc.
The Frisky: Who is your celebrity obsession?
KH: Once again, too many to list, but off the top of my head, I might say Juliette Binoche, Audrey Tautou, or Daniel Day-Lewis.
The Frisky: What’s something you hope to see more of on The Frisky?
KH: I like The Frisky in its present form, and am pleased with the site’s hospitality towards male readers. I wouldn’t change a thing, actually.