Frisky Reader Revealed: We Have A Thing For SaraLing

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 bring back our regular column where we learn all about a Frisky reader. After the jump, meet SaraLing!

Please state your name or avatar, age, and location for The Friskyverse.

My name is Sara, and I am 30 years old. I live in Cleveland, OH, and Washington, D.C. My job is in Cleveland, and my husband’s job is in D.C. I am faculty at a university, so I spend my winter and summer “breaks” catching up on research activities and preparing for the next semester in DC.

How did you find the site?

A former coworker posted an article from The Frisky on her Facebook news feed. I read the article and have been a Frisky follower ever since.

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

I’m a linguist at a university: I spend my days looking at human language through the lens of science and communicating these insights to students. I feel so lucky to have a job in my field! My main research focus is on how speakers of English use words like “herself” and “myself”. I am proof that you can write an entire dissertation on one type of word.

What is your fave post in recent Frisky history?

Almost every day, I read Lady News and Evening Quickies. Most of my conversation tidbits come from here. I also liked the post about using a website to make new friends. My husband and I have both lived in our respective towns for less than a year, and making new friends is tough – I’m up to two!

What are your pop culture guilty pleasures?

“The Bachelor”! I Facebook chat with a former college roommate during each episode. I also love US Weekly, and I have used articles from this magazine in the English grammar class I teach—the magazine has a surprising number of complex and compound-complex sentences for the class to analyze.

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

When I moved to a city for the first time, I learned that I’m terrible at “Guy Speak.” THREE times I went on dates without realizing they were dates until the end of the outing. Very awkward good nights! Turns out, “wanna grab dinner tomorrow night” is a date invitation, not a friendship invitation. Maybe I should have known this, but I didn’t.

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

I consider myself a feminist. I am someone who advocates that all rights of all women are equal to all rights of all men, and, therefore, that all rights of all men are equal to all rights of all women. Fairness is a concept I have a hard time letting go of, even as an adult who has seen (and experienced) a lot of unfair treatment.

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

If you came over in the summer: homemade margarita pizza (with whole wheat crust), sangria, and sorbet for dessert.

What type of skivvies do you have on right now?

Bikini Briefs.

What is your secret talent?

I can produce all the clicks in Zulu, a Bantu language spoken in southern Africa. I pull out the palatal click at parties. This skill, obvs, makes me an in-demand party guest. Here’s a link to listen to all the Zulu clicks. [Jessica’s Note: We are dying to know how to say “I love The Frisky”!]

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

Read anything by Monica McInerney, an Australian writer. She writes about crazy, loving, dysfunctional families with strong, yet human, female characters. My favorites include: The Alphabet Sisters and Those Faraday Girls.

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

I can’t pick just one for either category: I’d get in bed with Jake Gyllenhaal or a younger Colin Firth. I’d marry John Krasinski or Jason Segel (especially after this picture The Frisky posted!).

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

I like the Soapbox posts. Hearing how different events are affecting people in a personal way is always interesting.

Are you interested in being featured in Frisky Reader Revealed? Reach out to me at [email protected]!