Frisky Reader Revealed: Applescruff

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 applescruff, one of our most prolific commenters.Please state your name, age, and location for The Friskyverse.

AJ, 25, Utah. I moved here eight months ago. Before that I was in Portland, but I’m a Colorado girl at heart.

How did you find the site?

I kept seeing links to it from CNN. Then I realized it was updated multiple times a day and I was hooked!

What do you do all day, other than follow The Frisky, which is totally condoned?

I’m a predoctoral psychology intern at a college counseling center. All of my work is done for my doctorate, but I have to go out and work for a year before they let me graduate. I applied nationally for my internship … so that’s why I live in Utah.

What is your fave post in recent Frisky history?

I’m loving the Guy Talk posts by Hugo Schwyer. Also John DeVore’s recent Mind of Man columns and Jessica’s new apartment decorating posts.

What are your pop culture guilty pleasures?

I love TV. It used to be “American Idol,” but then I inexplicably lost my TV reception, so now I would say it’s “Grey’s Anatomy” because I will actually watch it on Hulu the next day. Please don’t judge me. Also? The royal wedding. It can’t be helped.

Team Edwards or Team Jacob?

Team Tim Riggins.

Can you share your most embarrassing dating story? We always share ours. It’s only fair.

One time my hair caught on fire. That was awkward.

Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why or why not?

Absolutely. My great-grandmother came to the U.S. on a boat from Russia when she was 20 years old and pregnant. My grandmother dropped out of school after the 8th grade to raise her younger siblings when her mother (aforementioned great-grandmother) was too crippled with arthritis to take care of them. I fully recognize that I’m standing on their shoulders, and the shoulders of so many other women, to be where I am now, and I am so grateful. I also think feminism is about more than so called “women’s issues” (which I recognize is a gross over simplification). I was raised by a single dad, and you wouldn’t believe some of the stereotypes he ran into, parenting a teenage girl by himself. I mean, you would, but still. I believe women and men get stuck in old roles when we are lucky enough to have more to choose from now — choice being the operative word.

If The Frisky staff came over for dinner, what would you serve us?

That would be fun! I’m off grains this week for Passover, and I’m definitely craving pasta. So I would make you my famous penne pasta with a steamed red pepper broccoli sauce (gotta trust me) and a key lime pie. And probably start you off with chips and homemade guacamole. It’s the second best guac you’ll ever have.

What type of skivvies do you have on right now?

I’m into sets lately because it makes me feel special. So I’m wearing a bright pink bra with black polka dots, and pink lacy boyshorts.

What is your secret talent?

I can rock the hell out of a karaoke night.

What’s an amazing book or movie that other Frisky readers absolutely must get their hands on right now?

If you’re a dog lover, you have to read Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz. She’s a cognitive scientist who talks about what dogs experience from their perspective, how they’ve adapted genetically from wolves, etc.

Which celeb would you most want to get in bed with? Which celeb would you most want to marry?

Johnny Depp, hands down. Or John Krasinski. I would marry Joseph Gordon-Levitt or Jesse Eisenberg, because they’re nice Jewish boys and apparently I have a thing for guys with J names.

What’s something you hope to see more of on The Frisky?

I like the decorating stuff that appears from time to time, like Jessica’s new apartment, or the one from a while back about redecorating the tiny studio!