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 EscapeHatch, one of our most prolific commenters. Please state your name, age, and location for The Friskyverse.
Jeanne, 25, and I’m likely on the 7th floor of an office building in Phoenix, AZ.
How did you find the site?
My boyfriend sent me a link after one of the readers on a car site (Jalopnik) that he follows linked to it. I ended up reading probably two weeks of posts that same afternoon and then it became part of my daily routine.
What do you do all day, other than follow The Frisky, which is totally condoned?
I’m a chemical/civil/environmental engineer; I design water and wastewater treatment facilities for cities. I also spend a lot of time walking dogs, as I have four. (I’m fostering for a rescue!)
What is your fave post in recent Frisky history?
I’m a fan of most of the Girl Talk essays and the random little news stories. It seems like those seem to get the most reaction in the comments.
What are your pop culture guilty pleasures?
I have a few that are less shaming, like “Glee” (I was in a show choir), “Top Chef” or “Lie to Me.” I will also confess to watching “Millionaire Matchmaker,” “Bridezillas” and “My Strange Addiction.” I like to think of the trashy reality shows as my “Two Minutes’ Hate” for the day.
Team Edward or Team Jacob?
Now that he’s legal, Team Jacob. He looks a lot like my big high school crush. *swoon*
Can you share your most embarrassing dating story? We always share ours. It’s only fair.
Hoo boy. In college, I had a friend from high school ring me up and invite me to join him and “a bunch of other people” at the movies. I showed up at his place and, magically, everyone else had cancelled so it was just us, going to a drive-in. When we got to the theater, he drove in over the “do not back up, severe tire damage” and blew two tires. We ended up calling his parents and he watched on helpless while I changed both tires and his dad rolled around on the ground in peals of laughter. After we got back to his place, he took my brake dust-stained hands and told me he was pretty sure he loved me.
Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why or why not?
Yes. I work in a field that is exceptionally male-dominated (I’m typically outnumbered 10-to-1) and find myself encouraging other women to get into this field and move into the math and sciences arena. Feminism to me, is making the playing field level for everyone, male and female, to have access to the opportunities and resources needed to achieve their full potentials.
I think there needs to be some care taken, though, that we aren’t advancing women to parity to the detriment of men. I’ve seen a lot of movement for parents to encourage their girls to go to college and that they can do anything, but boys get a slightly different message and it seems to be playing out with boys having less motivation to achieve. I see this in my future step-son and it saddens me that he doesn’t get the same encouragement to achieve his full potential.
If The Frisky staff came over for dinner, what would you serve us?
From what I can tell, the Frisky staff loves a good bottle of red wine as much as I do — so something to complement that! Probably a rich eggplant parmesan and some homemade garlic bread. My cooking specialties are Italian, New Mexican-style Mexican food, and Indian, so my boyfriend definitely eats well.
What type of skivvies do you have on right now?
Red lace thong. Sounds impractical, but these dress slacks necessitate strategic underpants.
What is your secret talent?
I have been teaching ceramics since I was 16. I actually make a fair bit of money on the side selling sculptures and custom pieces in and around the Valley.
What’s an amazing book or movie that other Frisky readers absolutely must get their hands on right now?
If anyone digs Indian movies, there’s a great Romeo/Juliet story in the movie “Bombay” which is available on Netflix. For books, if you like a little alternate history try out Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel trilogy or Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.
Which celeb would you most want to get in bed with? Which celeb would you most want to marry?
Hands down, my favorite men are the burly, manly sorts. Jason Statham or Gerard Butler — no hesitation. Marry? Colin Firth, maybe Tom Hanks, Liam Neeson — they just seem like genuine, sincere, good men.
What’s something you hope to see more of on The Frisky?
More perspectives on the lives of women, like the “I Have ____” series or introductions to other cultures/traditions/experiences!