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 Rocknrollwife, one of our most prolific commenters.Please state your name, age, and location for The Friskyverse.
Sarene, 33, Brooklyn, New York.
How did you find the site?
My friend told me about it, actually — she said that she could see me writing for it! She thought it would be a great site for me to check out because she thinks of me as her personal “Dear Wendy.” (I’m great at relationship advice, but I’ll be the first to say I can’t hold a candle to Wendy!) I’ve already pitched a few ideas and I’m planning to pitch more. I’d love to have a byline on The Frisky one of these days.
What do you do all day, other than follow The Frisky, which is totally condoned?
I’m an assistant editor at a prominent music magazine.
Married for two and a half years; been with my guy for eight years total.
What is your fave post in recent Frisky history?
Without a doubt it was the “Letters to Our Younger Selves” that Wendy Atterberry posted about two months ago. I was so inspired by that post that I wrote my own letter to my younger self (and posted it in the comments). I used it as an exercise to remind myself of how far I’ve come since those rough teen years. (And I had it pretty bad: no friends, no guys, no confidence — the usual). When I looked at what I had written, I was amazed at how much I’ve grown and how lucky and blessed I am.
What are your pop culture guilty pleasures?
How much time do you have? Pop culture is my LIFE! Aside from reading websites like The Frisky and NYmag.com religiously, I am a devoted viewer of “Glee“, “The Big Bang Theory,” “Gossip Girl” and “True Blood.” Plus, thanks to Netflix, I am quickly becoming a “Mad Men” convert. And I’m not ashamed to admit that I still like “Saturday Night Live” or that I’m quite partial to “Dancing With the Stars,” “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” and, of course, “Jersey Shore.” All right, all right, I also can’t look away from “16 and Pregnant,” “Teen Mom” and “19 Kids and Counting.” But my real guilty pleasure? A good cheesy Lifetime or Hallmark TV movie. With the holiday season upon us there will be no shortage of those on in my household!
Can you share your most embarrassing dating story? We always share ours. It’s only fair.
Is it still embarrassing if no one saw it happen? I get embarrassed even if no one is around, so I’ll say yes. A friend of mine set me up with a guy who worked in the same lab as she did. It was all orchestrated over email, so we had never met or seen a picture of each other. We were supposed to meet at a U2 tribute band show – because I’m a huge U2 fan and, apparently, so was the guy. About a day or two before the show, I got an email from the guy who said he was still game for the show – but then he announced, “I’m going to be bringing a date.” I couldn’t believe that he wanted me to be a third wheel on what was supposed to be OUR date! I was humiliated, like I wasn’t even good enough for a first date. So I gave him the info for the show and he said he was looking forward to seeing me there. I then delighted in the fact that the band was going to be performing in a dark, crowded, smoky club and that this guy, who didn’t know me from Eve, would never have the pleasure of making my acquaintance. And he didn’t – I don’t know if he ever showed up that night, nor do I care if he did! Luckily for me I wound up meeting my husband at one of those U2 tribute band shows not long afterward!
Who is your celebrity doppelganger?
Two completely random people have told me I look like Debra Winger, and when I saw an old episode of “Wonder Woman” (she played Wonder Girl to Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman) recently I must admit I saw a resemblance! But I like to think I’m the spitting image of Kate Winslet, even though I’m really not.
What type of skivvies do you have on right now?
Green and white Victoria’s Secret cotton bikini underwear – I know, I’m boring.
What is your secret talent?
Singing! Growing up, I sang musical theater tunes almost exclusively, but in recent years I started embracing my inner rock star and taking voice lessons. Now you should hear me belt out “Sweet Child O’Mine” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me”! There’s a place in Manhattan that hosts a weekly “karaoke” but with a live band – my friend is one of the guitarists and I went to high school with the emcee — and I love heading over there to do a little Pat Benatar or Blondie.
Favorite book, movie, musician or band?
Favorite book is In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. In high school we had to do a term paper on an author of our choice and (obviously) that included reading one of his or her most famous works. I chose Truman Capote because I’m an Audrey Hepburn fan and wanted an excuse to read Breakfast at Tiffany’s. But my teacher (who knew better) made me read In Cold Blood instead. It was a disappointment for which I’ll be eternally grateful. Favorite movie is “Titanic.” (I was 20, a hopeless romantic, Kate was awesome and Leo was every girl’s dream). Favorite band is (shocker!) U2, not only because their music brought me and my husband together, but I’m hard-pressed to find other music that affects me as deeply. I feel I have literally grown up with U2 – I was 3 years old when they released their first album, Boy, in 1980 (when the band members were an average age of 20), and I remember watching the videos for “Pride (In the Name of Love)” and “New Year’s Day” on MTV in the early ’80s. It’s so rare to find a band you can grow up with – and that is still making music, good music, today.
Who is your celebrity crush?
Hugh Laurie. He makes being crotchety and snide more sexy and appealing than any pout from a teen-heartthrob vampire (or werewolf).
What’s something you hope to see more of on The Frisky?
More TV recaps/reviews! I love reading what other TV fanatics such as myself have to say about my favorite shows. The more passionate, the better!