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 H. Blue, one of our most prolific commenters.Please state your name, age, and location for The Friskyverse.
Hannah, 32, Baltimore, Maryland.
How did you find the site?
I’m pretty sure I found The Frisky through a link to a post about the sex theme park in China, which never opened. I thought the post was hilarious, and started visiting regularly.
What do you do all day, other than follow The Frisky, which is totally condoned?
I work full-time doing admin and meeting planning for an environmental non-profit. Rather than feeling like I’m part of a team getting things done to better the world, I’m subjected to the harsh reality that there’s a heck of a lot of red tape, and countless hours of meetings to talk about holding more meetings to talk about the possibility of cleaning up the environment, once another meeting has been scheduled to talk about it. I’m also in grad school. I haven’t decided yet what I want to do with my degree, but hospice work may be in my future. I discovered a love for running a couple years ago and I’ll be doing my first half-marathon in the spring. I’m stoked and scared at the same time.
Divorced, and single for four years. Dating has been an uphill battle for me, mostly because I married at a young age to the first and only guy I’d ever been with. I didn’t really know what I was doing when I started dating, and was naïve and clueless about expectations and what everyone else seemed to know already. I had never really dated even before I met my ex. So, at 28, I was learning things that people learned 10 years before me. Four years later, I’m almost as clueless as before, and still single, but I’ve learned a lot about myself. I think I’m better equipped to handle a relationship now. So even though there were some ups and downs the past four years, I’ve really benefited from the experiences I’ve had.
What is your fave post in recent Frisky history?
Mind of Man often makes my day. Normally, I’m impressed by [John DeVore's] talent at inventing witty new euphemisms for just about everything, but his recent post about his sister was also incredibly touching. Dater X rocks. It’s comforting to read about someone else’s (mis)adventures in dating. I appreciate her honesty.
What are your pop culture guilty pleasures?
Well, I used to watch “The Real Housewives of New York City” and “NJ.” I had to stop cold turkey though. I don’t have much time to watch TV now that I’m in school. I try to catch “Biggest Loser,” but miss a lot of the episodes. The stories are really inspirational and help keep me on track. I also have an unexplainable love for bad pop music. If you can dance to it and/or the lyrics involve booty, I will probably love it.
Can you share your most embarrassing dating story? We always share ours. It’s only fair.
I’m not sure if I’d say my stories are embarrassing or just bad … There was the Italian guy (from Milan) who licked my face. And, once I was making out with a guy at the end of a date and thought he was going to swallow me whole. Instead, he left a hickey the size of Texas on my neck. I was almost 30 at the time—it’s pretty embarrassing to have a hickey like that at 30. Then there was the time I had arranged an online date with a divorced guy who lived in Boston and said he was moving to D.C. (I was living in the area then). He was supposed to be in town on business. The day of the date, we were firming up plans and he admitted to me that he was still married. He begged me to still meet him for dinner. I agreed, partly because I was curious, and also because I wanted the free meal and had turned down other plans in order to meet him. I don’t date for free meals, but I felt he owed me. He was quite charming, and it was a lovely meal, though he did go on about how his wife was crazy and was making excuses for why he hadn’t left her yet but would be in the very near future. Obviously, I didn’t see him again.
Who is your celebrity doppelganger?
I was recently told I look like Claire Danes. I consider that a compliment—I think she’s beautiful. Also, in high school I obsessed over “My So-Called Life” and wanted to be Angela Chase. I’m still mad they canceled that show.
What type of skivvies do you have on right now?
Purple “Angelina” boy-shorts from Fredericks of Hollywood. I was a granny-panties girl, but around the time my marriage ended, I also started losing weight—95 pounds and counting!—and decided to start wearing sexy undies to make myself feel good. I love my Angelinas. They’re surprisingly good quality and very comfortable. I have them in many colors. I recommend them.
What is your secret talent?
Oil painting. I was an art major in college. When I look back on the things I made in high school and college, I think, “Wow, that girl is so talented! Who is she?”
Favorite book, movie, musician or band?
Some of my favorite movies include “Amelie,” “The Breakfast Club,” “When Harry Met Sally,” and “Singin’ in the Rain.” (I was raised on musicals.) My favorite band is The Killers. (Brandon Flowers is dreamy, but I’m not crazy about his new solo album, sadly.) I also have girl crushes on Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles.
Who is your celebrity crush?
The Old Spice Guy. That man is pure perfection! And I’m talking about the character, not Isaiah Mustafa. Isaiah’s gorgeous, but the Old Spice Guy’s got swagger.
What’s something you hope to see more of on The Frisky?
I’d like to see more positivity towards other women (and people) in general. Every woman should be celebrated, no matter her shape or size (i.e., thin girls shouldn’t be hated on any more than thick ones). It would be great to see more posts about strong women who are making a difference or who are succeeding in the face of adversity— things that would be inspirational or empowering to other women, something more than pop culture. Lastly, it would be fantastic if there was more affordable fashion featured here. Being able to find a really great outfit for cheap would be more interesting to me than a post that is full of designer labels, which really aren’t an option for me. Perhaps a feature in which a Frisky staffer builds an outfit with a designer look, but from a bargain store? You DO post galleries of items that are supposed to be cheap, but usually even those are out of my price range. BTW—thank you so much for the recent gallery of black boots for under $100! I’ve seen some of them at DSW, which is right up my alley. Much appreciated.