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 the avatars. So we decided to launch a weekly column where we learn all about a Frisky reader. After the jump, meet Odog, one of our most prolific commenters.Please state your name, age, and location for The Friskyverse.
My name is Owen, I’m 33, and I live in Atlanta. I’ve only been here for a couple years, and originate from NY and CT.
How did you find the site?
A link from CNN, I think it was some sort of sex or relationship article.
What do you do all day, other than follow The Frisky, which is totally condoned?
I’m a network engineer. I make the internet work for a large company that delivers internet service to a few million people.
I have a wonderful girlfriend; we’ve been dating a little over six months.
What is your fave post in recent Frisky history?
I’m all over the place with favorite stories. I like a lot of the insightful “girl” articles, since they give me a view to how you ladies work. I’m also fascinated by the Dear Wendy articles, and the peanut gallery feedback in particular. I read most of the blogs and try to crack jokes, when I’m not spouting off my overly simplistic Cro-Magnon opinion.
What are your pop culture guilty pleasures?
Hmm … I’m a pretty stereotypical nerd. I am not much for sitcoms, but I dig good dramas and even the cheesiest Sci-fi. On the music angle, I guess my guilty pleasures are Justin Timberlake and Madonna. I always have to skip those on the iPod when other people are listening—then make excuses about having it on there in the first place.
Can you share your most embarrassing dating story? We always share ours. It’s only fair.
I’ve got a couple of real doosies here. I’ll do the shorter, second weirdest date. So, during the whole online dating process you work through three fairly simple stages: email, phone, and then actually meeting the person. During any of these phases you can hit varying degrees of strange, scored in this case as yellow, red, and black flags. During the email phase with a particular girl we were clear of all flags. During phone conversation, still no real flags, with the only potential flag being that this girl was proud of her job as a chemist. So we agree to meet for coffee as our first date and both of us get there at almost the exact same time. We say hello and get in line to order. I see the place is filling up and there are only a few tables left, so I get her order and she goes and grabs a table. I bring over the coffee and we sit down to start the small talk. It was going well for about the first 10 seconds, at which point she transitioned into talking about her ex. This goes on for five minutes straight. It was less a conversation at this point and more of her just telling me things I didn’t need nor want to know. Let’s see … she still shared dog “visitation” with him, they played tennis three times a week, they went to lunch every other day, he still had half a basement full of stuff at her house, etc, etc, etc. This was a red flag. Just when I don’t think it could really get worse, she drops the bomb. What, you dare ask, could be a bomb after all that? She also informed me that her ex got off by peeing on her. My jaw dropped and I rescue called myself. I gave her some BS about having to get back to work, and took off.
Who is your celebrity doppelganger?
You guys can be the judge, but I don’t think I’ve got one.
What type of skivvies do you have on right now?
Gap boxers, with a cool geometric Escher-like design on them.
What is your secret talent?
I have super dexterous eyebrows, and can move my ears. I’ve almost perfected the “Magnum PI” double eyebrow tweak, but I’m not quite there yet. I’m also quite good at memorizing things, which makes me a ruthless trivia player.
Favorite book, movie, musician or band?
Movie, definitely “Aliens.” It is still to this day one of the best films ever made. Music-wise, I generally lean towards cerebral rap and pansy rock, like The Roots and Keane.
Who is your celebrity crush?
What’s something you hope to see more of on The Frisky?
Anything that is good fodder for comments. I seem to be most active on the Dear Wendy posts, but I also really get into the generic stories about life.