??!! Freaky Friday
posted by June 7 at 23:00 PMon
Tomorrow is Freaky Friday on Slog. We’re turning our blog over to nine of our most prolific commentors (commentators?) for the day. Below, the Freaky Friday crew introduce themselves. Some of us are terrified that these folks will do a better job of Slogging than we do. If it works out all right, we’ll likely do it againóso don’t fret too much if you weren’t among the chosen few this time. The fun starts tomorrow at 8:00 a.m.
ELSWINGER I’m 43, have lived in Seattle for 17 years, grew up in several towns in Thurston County and graduated from Evergreen in 1990 (btw, I’m a slacker, not a hippie). At Evergreen I was a film major, which has prepared me for my career as a secretary at the UW. I collect music (about 5,000 albums) and watch a lot of TV and DVDs. I have no clue as to what I’ll Slog about but I read about 5 real news, and 5 entertainment news pages before work. I’m an agnostic lefty but I don’t beat people over the head with my beliefs, or lack of them.
CAROLLANI Carollani has lived and worked in the Seattle area since the fall of 1999, when she emigrated from a small eastern Washington town to attend The Art Institute of Seattle. She’s been an avid blogger since 2000 and has maintained a small and loyal readership despite her mediocre accounts of daily activities and trite musings. She also is a contributor to The Snogóa blog about freshwater snails (a thrilling read)óand answers boring and/or bizarre questions from time to time at Queries for Carollanióa total failed ripoff of Savage Love. It should be noted that she is completely incapable of writing a bio for herself that isn’t entirely self-deprecating despite her monstrous ego and penchant for pretension.
FNARF Fnarf (Steve Thornton) was born in Seattle a thousand years ago, but has lived in Oregon, California, Massachusetts and New York, which gives him the perspective needed to impose his incessant, idiotic ranting on all manner of urban and economic issues. A fat, foulmouthed drunk, he is also an expert on indiepop (he has run the premier indiepop mailing list, firstname.lastname@example.org, for over a decade), fashion (he particularly enjoys loafers and ascot ties), English League soccer, English literature, liquor, religion (he is an atheist), gay culture (he is straight), and attacking the personal opinions and choices of others. He has been arguing for the sake of arguing on various portions of the internet since 1987. He works as a computer network boffin in Seattle, and lives near (not in) the zoo with his wife, who wishes to be left out of this, and a bunch of fish.
WILL IN SEATTLE When not commenting on Slog, Will has been known to be overinvolved in the film, arts, environmental, transit, and political communities, or finding cures for diseases that afflict millions of people. And he actually lives in Fremont, not Seattle, with a Diplomatic Passport from the Republic of Fremont.
GITAI Gitai Ben-Ammi was born in Roswell, New Mexico and has had to deal with stupid alien jokes ever since. Upon graduating from high school, he fled to Seattle, went to UW, and decided that living in a place where a penchant for using fifty-cent words, comparing peoples’ romantic situations to Abelard and Heloise, and babbling in Hebrew while drunk are considered charming quirks of personality was a good place to call home. He is currently squandering his liberal arts degree by whoring himself out as an insurance agent.
MIKE IN MO I’m 33, of Mexican descent. I have a BA in Spanish from the U of Missouri St. Louis. I work for a big huge evil corporation, but I try not to think about it too much. My family is pretty conservative, but I’m the black-sheep liberal. I’ve been Slogging since about a year ago when I discovered thestranger.com while I was searching for Dan Savage’s pieces. You can tell him that; I know how he loves having his ego stroked….
KERRI HARROP I was born at Swedish hospital and spent most of my years growing up in the suburban misery of Bothell. I found out about punk rock in the summer of 1981 and it totally changed my life. Iíve traveled a fair amount and spent part of my young adult years living in London, but my heart belongs to Seattle.
Iíve had a variety of fun and interesting jobs at places such as Sub Pop Records, Seattle Weekly, Chop Suey, and Miller High Life. Iíve been a barista, a bartender, a booking agent, a band wrangler, a sales director, a marketing manager, and a freelance writer, among many other things. I like to switch things up.
I started DJing in the early í90s and have since played records under the name DJ Cherry Canoe at spots such as the Showbox, the Gorge, the Rainier Club, and virtually every rock club and bar of note in Seattle. I still only play vinyl.
I like smart and funny people with good manners. I miss the rough and tumble feel of old Seattle but donít want to be a curmudgeon about it. I love sushi from Mashiko, Margaritas on the War Room deck, and the catfish sandwich from Mattís in the Market. You probably could not pay me enough to live on Capitol Hill again. I sometimes Google myself, just to find out what the hell Iíve been up to.
GOMEZ A worker drone and student who doubles as a pedantic asshole who doesn’t cite his sources, Gomez is the commenter who everyone* wishes would shut up. Forever.
* Well, everyone who doesn’t get it, anyway.
MEINERT Dave Meinert is a graduate of Seattle Christian High School.