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 Ootie, one of our most prolific commenters.Please state your name, age, and location for The Friskyverse.
Erin, 22, Columbus, OH.
How did you find the site?
Linked through CNN, like everybody else! And I definitely paid it forward, because I link my friends to articles about four times a day.
What do you do all day, other than follow The Frisky, which is totally condoned?
I got my first “real job” earlier this year, working at an arts college. I help students with their registration, billing, financial aid, and all sorts of random stuff, all while trying to pretend that I am older than they are. I plan on doing this for two years, then going to grad school to study Sociology. I have a bizarre love of research papers. After work I am usually hunting down happy hours because I am all about food and drink specials!
I have been single for about a year, and I have to say, I am a big fan.
What is your fave post in recent Frisky history?
I always love the Girl Talk articles, because I really like to read people’s personal stories. I also like to read all the responses, because I feel like when the writers talk about their own feelings and actions, it’s very polarizing and really good discussions develop. I like to read Dear Wendy for the same reason. Also, I love posts about studies! There is nothing I like more than a good study about people or relationships.
What are your pop culture guilty pleasures?
Can I just say an entire channel? Because if so, the answer is Bravo. “Millionaire Matchmaker” in particular, but also “The Real Housewives of Everywhere,” and any other random reality show they feature. I also have a strange obsession with “The First 48.” I get so mad at their nighttime mini-marathons because I end up glued to the TV ’til 2 a.m.!
Can you share your most embarrassing dating story? We always share ours. It’s only fair.
Hmm. Well, freshman year of college I went on a first date with a guy who took me to “Cheeseburger in Paradise”, simply because he loved Jimmy Buffett that much. On the date, he proceeded to tell me that he thought George W. Bush was the greatest president of all time. He also told me he had no idea what lettuce or tomato tasted like because he absolutely refused to eat vegetables. The embarrassing part? That was not our only date. I continued seeing him for about a month and a half. What can I say? College was big. I was confused!
Who is your celebrity doppelganger?
The most common one I get is Elisha Cuthbert, although two strangers have approached me in the last few months and told me that I look like Karen Gillan from “Dr. Who.” When I was bored I morphed their faces together on Morphthing.com to see if it would look like me. As you can probably guess, it didn’t. It just looked like a weird lady. People also tell me I look like Scarlett Johansson, and recently, Taylor Swift. I guess I am nondescript?
What type of skivvies do you have on right now?
Pink lace boyshorts.
What is your secret talent?
I am very good at Scrabble and word games. But if you want me to get a little more weird with it, I can puff out the bottom of my chin and throat like a frog.
Favorite book, movie, musician or band?
I am a huge Richard Yates fan. I wish he had more books in print for me to read, because I find his characters and their inner musings to be very real. I like a lot of gangster movies; “The Godfather,” “City of God,” “Scarface,” and “Road to Perdition” are all among my favorites. A favorite band would be really hard for me to pin down! So I will list a few: The Buzzcocks, The Zombies, Radiohead, Neutral Milk Hotel, Johnny Cash, Joy Division, and The Black Keys. Also, anything I can dance to, from Cut Copy to T.I. and everything in between.
Who is your celebrity crush?
My first celebrity crush ever was Eddie Cibrian, waaay before the whole LeAnn Rimes thing. He used to be on a soap opera called “Sunset Beach” that I would watch behind my mom’s back, and I thought he was so attractive. My inner 10-year-old still has a little soft spot for him. But more recently, I would say James Franco and Diego Luna.
What’s something you hope to see more of on The Frisky?
I miss the posts about what the Frisky writers are reading. I have a Kindle and lots of ebook gift certificates so I am always looking for new material to download. Also, I would like an update on Maude Standish, to see if the 30-day breakup guide helped her and how she’s doing now. Finally, as a side note, I would like to see less of that “Quotable” sidebar of the giant boobs. It always comes up when I’m at work and I don’t want my coworkers to think I’m a perv.