There was such an overwhelming response when I asked readers to introduce themselves on a weekend open thread that I decided to give you all a weekly column to do just that. I’ve always said this site wouldn’t be what it is without the engagement and participation of its readers and this column is the place to learn more about who you are what makes you tick. After the jump, let’s meet AKchic.
1. What’s your name, age and whereabouts?
Online I’m AKchic. Always. Have been since I was 16. Jessica is my real name. I’ll skip the last name because I’ve had three so far in my life, and I’d prefer to keep the current one semi-anonymous. I’m, uh… (quickly does the math) 28. I was born, raised and live in Anchorage, AK. I’ll die and haunt Alaska later.
2. What’s your relationship status?
Currently I am in a relationship. Been divorced twice. I don’t have any illusions about any relationship lasting, but I’ll enjoy this one as long as it lasts.
3. How do you spend your weekdays?
I spend my weekdays working a (normally) 8-5 administrative job in the substance abuse rehabilitation field. My specialty (now that my position is getting reworked) will be with the prison programs almost exclusively. That is actually fine with me. I’ve been with the prison programs since they started 2 ½ years ago and I’ve worked for the Dept. of Corrections prior to my working here.
4. How do you spend your free time?
What free time? When I’m not at work, I’m at home where I have four boys to wrangle and wrestle into some semblance of decent adults.
5. What are your top likes and dislikes?
Likes: Reading. I’m a self-admitted bibliophile. love sci-fi, fantasy (of certain kinds), some horror, mysteries, supernatural, etc. This also translates well into the tv/movie realm as well. Doctor Who, Torchwood, a few SyFy (I still don’t like the name change) shows like Alphas, Warehouse 13, Eureka, Haven, Being Human, as well as Big Bang Theory, NCIS, Criminal Minds, CSI, etc. I like to cook/bake when I have time. Guns, zurvivalism (yes, zombie survivalism), and a few other things.
Dislikes: Some of my idiosyncracies include: Laundry has to be folded just right and if it isn’t, I can’t help but go behind someone and refold. It’s an OCD compulsion, and I can’t help it. I can’t stand having to repeat myself to some people. The way our justice system continues to fail us in AK, meatloaf, green beans, bear crap at the bottom of your stairs first thing in the morning when it’s still dark out. People who insist on telling you how to raise your kids when they have none themselves. Anti-gun zealots.
6. What’s the best relationship advice you’ve ever been given?
It’s okay to walk away. My grandpa told me that during my first marriage. It was the best advice I’ve ever gotten from anyone, and the best advice I have ever listened to.
7. What’s the best relationship lesson you’ve ever learned?
People don’t change just because they are in a relationship. If they are dicks when they are single, they are going to be dicks when they are in a relationship. It may take a while to get past the “honeymoon phase,” but eventually, they will treat you like they treat everyone else. You decide how you want to be treated by how you react to that.
8. Besides DearWendy.com, what are some of your favorite websites?
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