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 Singularity, one of our most prolific commenters.The Frisky: Please state your full name, age, and location for The Friskyverse.
M: My name is Michael, I will be 39 years old in May, and I live here in a small village in northern England.
The Frisky: How did you find the site?
M: I’m fairly sure it was via CNN. I don’t remember what article it linked me to, but whatever it was caught my interest enough to bring me back, and to make me want to participate.
The Frisky: What do you do all day, other than follow The Frisky, which is totally condoned?
M: Primarily I’m a self-employed computer engineer. I also do a lot of volunteer work, helping a particularly vulnerable group of people as much as I possibly can. In the very few hours I have left over between all of that, I’m also trying to make some headway with my writing.
The Frisky: Relationship status?
M: Single. I was once in a perfect relationship with the most wonderful person in the entire world, but now she is gone. I have been alone ever since.
The Frisky: What is your fave post in recent Frisky history?
M: Far too many to pick out just one. I like the more serious subjects best, and intense debates are always a good thing, as are nice uplifting stories and articles. I love Reader Revealed of course, as it’s always good to get to see and know a little more about some of the rather amazing people who contribute here.
The Frisky: What are your pop culture guilty pleasures?
M: Not many, I’m not really a TV addict, or a celebrity follower. But I do have one or two current TV shows I don’t like to miss. “NCIS” and “NCIS Los Angeles” are my favorites of the moment.
The Frisky: Can you share your most embarrassing dating story? We always share ours. It’s only fair.
M: I don’t have much to offer here, with just the one relationship to call on, and a perfect one at that. But I guess I do have one little incident that comes to mind. Our second ever real date, I went to pick her up from home for the first time. As I was very slightly early, and she was running slightly late, her mother seized the opportunity to take me aside and have a little talk with me. I’m not quite sure what I expected, but getting the sex talk from her mother was not it. The two of us had already settled on taking things nice and slowly, as we liked the way things were and whilst we were not deliberately putting it off, we saw no need to rush into anything like that. So when her mother finished the little talk and handed me a small selection of condoms, that was the moment I learnt what it meant to wish that the ground would open up and swallow me. I wondered if it was possible to actually die from embarrassment, because I thought I was going to.
The Frisky: Who is your celebrity doppelganger?
M: I’m pretty certain that I don’t have one. Anyone who looked like me would, I am sure, find it very hard to become a celebrity.
The Frisky: What type of skivvies do you have on right now?
M: Blue/black briefs.
The Frisky: What is your secret talent?
M: Debatable whether these class as talents, but I am a bit of an artist. I have created a few things which one or two people seemed to like, and I am also a rather good designer of all kinds of things. And of course I think I have some writing ability too. But perhaps my most secret talent is probably an offshoot of my synesthesia (I see numbers, letters and words as colors), which is that I have a great ability to remember lots of things which most people find tricky, such as extremely complex passwords, numbers and codes. That can be quite useful sometimes, and until this moment, no one ever knew how I did it.
The Frisky: If you won $1 million in the lottery, what would you do with it?
M: Interesting question. I would give some to my parents, enough so they would never have to worry about money again. I’d give some to charity, both the one I work for as well as another important one that I try to support. And the rest? I don’t have anything special I would like to buy, just a few little trivial things. I think what I’d like to do is use the bulk of it to support myself so that I could give up my paying job and devote all my time to the volunteer work that I do. I think I could contribute more as a person than by simply giving them the money, so I’d use it to unlock my time for their benefit.
The Frisky: Favorite book, movie, musician or band?
M: My favorite books would be Century Rain by Alastair Reynolds, Needful Things by Stephen King, and Walking On Glass by Iain Banks. Favorite movies are “Star Wars,” “Alien,” and “The Andromeda Strain.” And as for music, Blondie has long been my favorite, with The Human League coming in a close second, followed by Asia.
The Frisky: Who is your celebrity crush?
M: Well, I wouldn’t call it a crush (crushes aren’t my thing), but I do really like Pauley Perrette. She is very nice indeed, and she reminds me a little of someone too.
The Frisky: What’s something you hope to see more of on The Frisky?
M: Well, I think the balance is pretty good already, and all I’d like to see is more of everything! Keep up the good work.