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 Cattgirl813, one of our most prolific commenters.The Frisky: Cattgirl813, please state your full name, age, and location for The Friskyverse.
TM: I’m Tracey Morris, a 42-year-old fan of the site from Detroit.
The Frisky: How did you find the site?
TM: Through CNN. I’d always see your articles on their site and finally checked it out. That was about two years ago, and I’ve been reading you ever since.
The Frisky: What do you do all day, other than follow The Frisky, which is totally condoned?
TM: I’m an executive assistant at a payroll processing and financial services firm based in Detroit and I work with an organization that provides reading services for the blind.
The Frisky: Relationship status?
TM: Happily divorced and back on the dating scene.
The Frisky: What is your fave post in recent Frisky history?
TM: There are two: The gallery of famous bald chicks—it gave me the final incentive to cut my locks after months of mulling over the idea, and the way you took up for Gabourey Sidibe. That post absolutely rocked!
The Frisky: What are your pop culture guilty pleasures?
TM: “America’s Next Top Model” (so many Saturday afternoons spent in front of the TV) and the “Who Rocked It?” spreads in the tabloids—which I’ll deny reading if asked about in person.
The Frisky: Can you share your most embarrassing dating story? We always share ours. It’s only fair.
TM: I’ve had a few really bad dates, but the most embarrassing one was when I was 19. It was a double date and my date’s best friend mouthed off to a customs agent at the bridge to Canada. This led to a search of the guy’s car, where of course the best friend had a joint stashed in the glove compartment. I was mortified and scared of being sent to jail for something I didn’t do or had any part of. My date thought the situation was funny. The evening ended with a strip search and denial of entry. I demanded to be taken home after the clueless best friend suggested we try the tunnel after being turned away. “We know the car is clean, right?” he said, and my date thought it was worth a try. Worst. Date. Ever.
The Frisky: Who is your celebrity doppelganger?
TM: I’ve been told I look like Tracy Chapman and Loretta Devine. I don’t see the resemblance in either case.
The Frisky: What type of skivvies do you have on right now?
TM: I’m all about my Spanx. They make me very happy.
The Frisky: Can you share the last text message you sent?
TM: It wasn’t very exciting. I was confirming an airport limo pick up for one of my office’s staff members.
The Frisky: What is your secret talent?
TM: Writing. I’ve just started writing poetry and am beginning work on a memoir about my father’s death and how it affected my family.
The Frisky: Favorite book, movie, musician or band?
TM: My favorite book is Sweet Summer by Bebe Moore Campbell. My favorite singer is Billie Holiday, but I have a mad crush on David Bowie. I listen to so many bands and musicians; it’s hard to pick a favorite. I don’t really have a favorite movie, but I love classic films. I’m a prisoner of Turner Classic Movies.
The Frisky: Who is your celebrity obsession?
TM: Did I mention my crush on David Bowie and lost Saturdays watching “ANTM”?
The Frisky: What’s something you hope to see more of on The Frisky?
TM: More fashion tips for us full-figured gals (I’m a size 18-20) and more news coverage of women’s issues. I’ve learned so much since I began reading The Frisky and I love the balance between the serious news items and fun posts.