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 A.J.R., one of our most prolific commenters.Please state your name, age, and location for The Friskyverse.
The “J” stands for Joseph (if you don’t mind, I’ll keep the “A” and the ”R” to myself), 28, Texas.
How did you find the site?
A link on Cracked’s weekly picks. I can’t remember what article it linked to, but it was almost certainly something sex-related, so imagine the treasure trove my perverted mind found when I explored the site further.
What do you do all day, other than follow The Frisky, which is totally condoned?
I catalog books at a library. It’s not exactly glamorous, but it’s low-stress, it’s quiet, I don’t get phone calls from angry customers, and I can go weeks without interacting with my supervisors. In other words, it’s the perfect job.
Five years happily married to my awesome high school sweetheart. I’ve mentioned her here a few times.
What is your fave post in recent Frisky history?
I’m particularly fond of Dear Wendy since so many of the letters contain issues and advice that could be applied to just about anyone’s relationship(s). In fact, my favorite posts are the ones that deal with and incite conversation about universal issues that I can relate to—the early years of marriage, whether or not to have kids, life as a young professional, etc.
What are your pop culture guilty pleasures?
I don’t feel TOO guilty about most of my pleasures (at least the ones I’m willing to share in the light of day on a popular website next to a photo of myself), but if I had to give examples that would puncture the facade of high-minded pretension I’ve built, my Entertainment Weekly subscription and affinity for “True Blood” would probably do the trick.
Can you share your most embarrassing dating story? We always share ours. It’s only fair.
So, so, so very many. I never dated a ton of girls, but I managed to embarrass myself with, oh, just about all of them. Should I talk about the girls I took to high school dances but was too terrified to dance with? The “girlfriend” who dumped me after four months because she mistook my fear of getting slapped if I tried anything physical for lack of affection? Or how about the girl who, on our third date, in an act of “heroically” throwing my arm around her during a scary movie, I accidentally elbowed—full force—in the side of the head? Why she eventually agreed to marry me, I’ll never know.
Who is your celebrity doppelganger?
Hand to God this is true: One of my female coworkers asked me a while back “Has anyone ever told you that you look like Brad Pitt? You totally do.” I stood up and gave her a hug. Of course, another female coworker said I looked like Seth Rogen, so I don’t know who to believe. I believe the one who said Seth Rogen because, well … look at the picture, for God’s sake.
What type of skivvies do you have on right now?
Black Fruit Of The Loom boxer-briefs. They offer outstanding junk support at a reasonable price.
What is your secret talent?
My talents aren’t secret because when you’re as incredible as I am, you have a moral obligation to share yourself with the world, thereby making it a better place. I can play drums, I can cook pretty well, I’m a decent nature photographer (a few people have told me I should sell prints) and I have pro-level scores on both Wii Golf AND Wii Bowling. Bow to your king, lowly peasants.
Favorite book, movie, musician or band?
This is a tough one because they change frequently. A Clockwork Orange is my standard all-time-fave book answer, but my preferred reading material for the past several years has been historical or scientific non-fiction. I’ll read anything by Erik Larson or Simon Winchester. Movies are even tougher … I love Guillermo del Toro’s work, especially “Pan’s Labyrinth” and the “Hellboy” movies but I’m also a huge Coen Brothers fan, especially “No Country For Old Men,” “The Big Lebowski,” and “O Brother Where Art Thou?” Pearl Jam is probably my overall favorite band.
Who is your celebrity crush?
It’s been Kate Winslet for years, but more recently, Christina Hendricks. Given the opportunity, I’m pretty sure that not only would my wife not mind, but would encourage me to go for it—she LOVES her some Joan Holloway-Harris. Also, Wendy Atterberry. I’m really only doing this Reader Revealed thing to try and get closer to her, but be cool and don’t tell her that, okay?
What’s something you hope to see more of on The Frisky?
A broader focus (which, in fairness, y’all seem to have started instituting recently). Don’t get me wrong, I think the site is great and you’re all fun to read, but I have trouble relating to a lot of the articles because I’m not a late-20s single girl living in New York City. That’s not to say you should stop running articles about being a late-20s single girl living in New York City, just that I think you should keep in mind the diversity of your readership and make a concerted effort to appeal to everyone more often. And more pieces about sex.