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Reader of the Week: Meet Christy

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 Christy.


1. What’s your name, age and whereabouts?

My name (both in real life and on the site) is Christy. I’m 23 and I just moved to Washington DC on January 1st. I’m originally from Baltimore, and there is nothing in this world that makes me feel more at home than the sea of Ravens purple during football season and the shouted “O!” in the national anthem. (As is, “O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.” It was originally for the Orioles but has evolved into a regional thing.)

2. What’s your relationship status?

I am in a relationship! My girlfriend and I got together in mid-December, after meeting in grad school, becoming friends, acting like we were dating without actually dating, and then finally me asking her out.

3. How do you spend your weekdays?

I just finished my Master of Library Science in December. Weirdly enough, I went to the same program as Kerrycontrary. Now I’m working full time for the government, in the same job I worked part-time while I was in school. It’s in a research office, and I generally copy-edit or work with databases. They’re trying to hire me permanently after my internship ends in April, so hopefully I can work here for a while, earning money and figuring out how to exist outside of school.

4. How do you spend your free time?

This whole idea of “free time” is a new one to me. I’ve been in school nonstop since I was 3, and in college, I basically lived in the theatre, working backstage on shows. After college I went directly to grad school and I spent my life working, going to class, doing unpaid internships, and commuting.

Now, I live close to work and I have all this time on my hands, which is totally new. I am a die-hard Ravens fan and a brand-new Caps fan, so I spend a fair amount of time watching sports. I’m trying to cook a new recipe once a week — I once failed at making Kraft Mac-n-Cheese, so this is an important life step for me. I spend a fair amount of time reading, and I have a couple of television shows that I love.

5. What are your top likes and dislikes?

Likes: Baltimore Ravens, technical theatre (especially building scenery), the entire city of Baltimore, young adult literature, the people I met in library school, mathematics (especially abstract algebra), sunshine, 68 degree weather, karaoke, mussels, good beer, and Funfetti cake with Rainbow Chip frosting

Dislikes: lesbians who speak in gender studies/queer studies jargon, dogs, driving in DC traffic, winter precipitation of any sort, lists that don’t use the Oxford comma, and men who hit on me when I’m just trying to watch football in peace. (If you see a girl alone at a bar, wearing team gear, trying to watch the game, please do not try to talk to her during the actual plays of the game, especially if you are not in the same line of site as the television. Wouldn’t it be better if to wait until they’re just standing around on the field? It’s football, it’s not like that’s a rarity. And for the record, I’d hate it when guys do this even if I weren’t a lesbian.)

6. What’s the best relationship lesson you’ve ever learned?

I’m actually in my first relationship right now so I don’t have much actual relationship experience to draw on. I think the most important thing I’ve learned so far is that you can’t be afraid to show affection, and you have to have confidence that things will work out. You can’t live in doubt, especially not in self-doubt. When you’re nervous about how every little action is going to turn out, you end up paralyzed by fear.

7. Besides DearWendy.com, what are some of your favorite websites?

I just organized my bookmarks and I feel so much better about my life. This also means that I have very certain answers to this question, and plus, they’re all categorized!

News websites: I am obsessed with the New York Times. Obsessed. I’m in love with it. I print out and attempt the crossword puzzle every day, and then I read what Rex Parker has to say about it on his crossword blog.

Lesbian websites: After Ellen and AutoStraddle.

Sports websites: ESPN, Grantland, and Bleacher Report for general things, and Puck Daddy and Russian Machine Never Breaks for hockey/Caps coverage.

Time-wasting websites: Cracked, Sporcle.

8. What are your favorite books?

This is a complicated question, mostly because I have so many books that I love. I think I have to list the three books of the Fionavar Tapestry first: The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire, and The Darkest Road. I read this fantasy trilogy at least twice a year, and if I go too long without reading them, I feel out of sorts. In terms of other books, The Giver and Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, Harry Potter (of course), 1984 and pretty much any other dystopian novel ever. I just finished reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan, which is about two high school boys who are both named Will Grayson. It is so good, I really highly recommend that you check it out.

*Since we now have the message board where readers can introduce themselves to each other, this will be the last Reader of the Week post. Thanks for your submissions!

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  • Morgan February 21, 2012, 12:11 pm

    “I’m originally from Baltimore, and there is nothing in this world that makes me feel more at home than the sea of Ravens purple during football season and the shouted “O!” in the national anthem. (As is, “O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.” It was originally for the Orioles but has evolved into a regional thing.)”

    Damn straight. Glad to see the grantland love too.

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    • angelsiris11 February 23, 2012, 12:02 pm

      I grew up in NY, went to undergrad in NC, and moved to Baltimore for law school. And never have a loved a place as much as Baltimore. LOVE attending O’s games on Sunday afternoons and spending my Sundays during football season cheering on the Ravens.

      Yaaaay Baltimore!

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  • savannah February 21, 2012, 12:14 pm

    The Giver is one of my all time favorite books! I read it in the 4th grade and I still go back from time to time and look it over. It basically made me live if that makes sense.

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  • NicoleMarie February 21, 2012, 12:16 pm

    Oxford comma ftw! Seriously just had a debate with my younger brother about Oxford comma necessity the other day.

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    • EricaSwagger February 21, 2012, 1:43 pm

      My mom and I have this argument all the time. She just can NOT understand why it’s necessary and it drives me absolutely crazy!

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      • bethany February 21, 2012, 2:51 pm

        I had to google it, since I didn’t know what you were talking about! I remember being taught (in 6th grade)that it was unnecessary to use the last comma if you were using “and”. Apparently it’s up for debate…??

  • lets_be_honest February 21, 2012, 12:17 pm

    lists that don’t use the Oxford comma–have you heard the song, Oxford Comma?

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    • Something More February 21, 2012, 1:17 pm

      Vampire Weekend!! I LOVE that song. Altho, I have to agree with Christy – Oxford commas are a must.


      I love that the video is all in one shot.

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    • Christy February 21, 2012, 2:02 pm

      No! I haven’t! I’ll watch the video ASAP.

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      • Christy February 21, 2012, 2:17 pm

        Not what I was expecting, but I did enjoy it 🙂

      • Something More February 21, 2012, 2:26 pm

        Yeah, I was going to mention that it’s not necessarily advocating for the Oxford comma… 🙂

  • Iwannatalktosampson February 21, 2012, 12:23 pm

    I LOVE funfetti cake! It’s the only kind I ever buy – but I like it with cream cheese frosting and in cup cake form. I am a broncos fan, so I can’t relate to the ravens lovin’, but I can relate to the love of fall and all things football.

    But dogs? Really? How do you hate dogs? Go to youtube and type in beagle puppies and tell me you don’t want to squeal!

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    • jlyfsh February 21, 2012, 12:29 pm

      see i think funfetti cake should be eaten with strawberry icing! but it definitely does taste better as a cupcake 🙂

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    • honeybeenicki February 21, 2012, 12:38 pm

      I love funfetti too but I always use chocolate chocolate chip frosting (cupcake form is the best).

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      • MandaNoA February 21, 2012, 12:51 pm

        Funfetti cake is best as a cupcake but I like it with whipped vanilla frosting.

    • Christy February 21, 2012, 1:45 pm

      Puppies are cute and all, but I resent that I’m supposed to like them. I don’t hate them, necessarily, but they’re not for me.

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  • ReginaRey February 21, 2012, 12:32 pm

    Tell me more about this fantasy book series you love! I’m a huge HP fan, too, so I’m wondering if I might like this series.

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    • Christy February 21, 2012, 1:55 pm

      It’s called the Fionavar Tapestry. It’s about five Canadian grad students who get brought to Fionavar, which is the first of all worlds, in order to fight the Dark. They are drawn more and more into this world in different ways, and there are mages and dwarves and priestesses. It’s really more about the lyrical nature of the writing rather than the plot. You completely lose yourself and your own troubles as you’re reading the book. It’s high fantasy, and you can see a lot of similarities to Tolkien.

      If you’re looking for something a little more HP-esque, try The Magicians by Lev Grossman. It’s sort of a meta, grown up version of HP. It’s about “a Brooklyn teenager obsessed with “Fillory and Further,” a Narnia-like pentalogy “published in England in the 1930s.” One day, after his alumni interview for Princeton is aborted, he’s mysteriously conveyed to Brakebills College, which is kind of like the M.I.T. for magic. Even though Quentin discovers that magic is eminently real and that he’s got talent for it, he still pines for the imaginary land of Fillory.” (Stolen directly from the NYTimes book review.)

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      • Budj February 21, 2012, 2:11 pm

        Been a while since I’ve read fiction (stupid science nerd books), but The Magicians sounds really cool.

      • Christy February 21, 2012, 2:35 pm

        Having never met you, I feel pretty confident that you’d like it, Budj.

  • honeybeenicki February 21, 2012, 12:38 pm

    I love dystopian books 🙂 1984 is one of my all time favorites. I just this year convinced my mom to read that and Brave New World.

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  • Brad February 21, 2012, 12:41 pm

    You should check out the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin if you like fantasy stuff like Harry Potter and LOTR. It’s the series that inspired the Game of Thrones show on HBO. Season 2 starts up the beginning of April and I can’t wait.

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    • jaybro February 21, 2012, 7:51 pm

      I cannot get ENOUGH of ASOIAF! Especially after just finishing A Dance with Dragons (yeah, it took me way too long to get to it), I am absolutely dying for season 2, so I’ll probably just rewatch season 1 for the third time while I wait.

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  • kerrycontrary February 21, 2012, 12:51 pm

    Yay for being a new Caps fan. My family is obsessed with hockey. And you will get used to the free time soon enough, I know how tough grad school can be with the working/commuting/school.

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  • MandaNoA February 21, 2012, 12:53 pm

    Have you read anything else by David Levithan? I absolutely adore him and have read almost everything he has ever written! Boys Meets Boy is my favorite book of all time.

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    • Christy February 21, 2012, 1:46 pm

      You know, somehow I haven’t. I’ll add Boy Meets Boy to the list of books to read 🙂

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  • GatorGirl February 21, 2012, 12:54 pm

    I hate it when guys hit on you when you’re watching footbal!! Drives me nuts. Hello watching the game buck-o! I also hate it when guys don’t take female fans seriously. Like assuming that I don’t know what the call was or who our QB even is. Grrrr gets me fired up.

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    • LadyinPurpleNotRed February 21, 2012, 2:24 pm

      Agreed! I take special pleasure when i school them on things. Just because I don’t have a penis doesn’t mean I don’t understand football!

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  • grendel February 21, 2012, 1:02 pm

    gross you dont like dogs. 1/5

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  • Something More February 21, 2012, 1:27 pm

    Hi Christy!

    I’ve only been to Baltimore once and I have to say it wasn’t a great time. It was for a Ravens/Bills game, New Years Eve – 2006. My ex and I spent the whole weekend there. My current boyfriend also had a bad experience with Baltimore, but we have decided to give it one more try. 🙂 We will probably go for an Orioles game (if either of our teams play there) so it will be in the summer-ish time. Any suggestions on what we could do while we are there for a couple days? (Or anyone else who knows the area)

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    • Christy February 21, 2012, 2:01 pm

      I evangelize the American Visionary Art Museum to everyone I can. It’s an awesome museum that exhibits the work of self-taught artists. And you can get a really good meal at Mr. Rain’s Fun Shop, on the top floor of the museum. It’s really a fantastic museum with really quirky art.

      The National Aquarium in Baltimore is delightful, with giant shark tanks and a dolphin show.

      Ooh and the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is great–elephants, lions, polar bears, the whole nine yards. I volunteered there last year and it’s just a great place to walk around–a beautiful shaded oasis in the middle of West Baltimore. Definitely worth the trip.

      If you’re looking for a good coffeeshop, Koffee Therapy at 6 E. Franklin Street. Everyone should go there. Good food, good coffee, and there’s always good music playing.

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      • dabbler February 21, 2012, 2:07 pm

        Love the visionary! I’ve actually been meaning to plan a trip up there for a while now.

      • bethany February 21, 2012, 2:53 pm

        I agree- the Aquarium rocks!! I love it!

    • Morgan February 21, 2012, 2:04 pm

      The Aquarium in Baltimore is a pretty awesome Aquarium, definitely worth half a day. If you’re looking for lunch/brunch, Miss Shirley’s has great food right in the Harbor (as well as a couple other places). Fells Point is sort of your standard Restaurant and Bar scene area, so you could certainly hit that up as well. Little Italy has great food, obviously, but specifically if you want dessert I’d check out Vaccaro’s. If you’re in the area for a couple of days you could also do Annapolis for a day. Very pretty, lots of cute shops and restaurants, on the water. If you’re into the clubs with overpriced cover scene there is always Power Plant Live, if you aren’t, there are smaller places as well. Not downtown, but in my opinion, the best crab cakes to be had are at G&M, so I’d try to go if you want great food.

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      • Christy February 21, 2012, 2:19 pm

        OMG there are not enough words to describe the joy of Vaccaro’s.

      • dabbler February 21, 2012, 3:53 pm

        Annapolis is my hometown. 🙂

      • angelsiris11 February 23, 2012, 12:06 pm

        I think Fell’s is fun to walk around in, but I find it to be way too touristy in the nice weather months. But I definitely suggest checking it out and taking the water taxi around all the different areas (Federal Hill, Silo Point, Fort McHenry) one day. It is an inexpensive way to get around the harbor. Plus you get coupons for bars on your ticket!

  • Beth February 21, 2012, 1:46 pm

    I am from Baltimore—- GO O’s!!!!!

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  • dabbler February 21, 2012, 2:05 pm

    Huh, I learned something today. I had no idea the “O” thing in the anthem was a regional thing. I’ve lived in MD my whole life (about 20 minutes from both baltimore and dc).
    Second the driving in dc thing though. I take the metro everywhere when I go.

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    • Christy February 21, 2012, 2:20 pm

      My stepbrother had the unfortunate experience of learning when he went to a Yankees game up in NY as a kid. He was the only one to shout it. Oops.

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  • Budj February 21, 2012, 2:12 pm

    I too enjoy 68 degree weather (mostly sunny – very slight breeze) and good beer….both at the same time is like a quadruple win.

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  • Beckaleigh February 21, 2012, 2:15 pm

    I’m from Baltimore too! I live in PA now and my family came to visit for my daughter’s football game (she was cheering) and when they played the Star Spangled Banner, my family was the only group who did the big “OOOOOOOOOO.” We definitely got some weird looks from those folks who just don’t get it.

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    • Eljay February 21, 2012, 3:14 pm

      Yay Bawlmer! Born & raised. 🙂

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      • Morgan February 21, 2012, 4:29 pm

        So many of us. I had no idea

      • Beckaleigh February 22, 2012, 8:25 am

        Haha, I definitely get accused of having the Bawlmer accent! But to me, I’m talking normal, it’s everyone else who speaks funny.

      • Eljay February 22, 2012, 9:08 am

        That’s too funny. People seem to think I’m from “Jersey” for some reason. Whenever someone meets or talks to me for the first time, they always ask if I’m originally from Bmore. When I say yes & ask why (because I know what’s coming next), they always say I don’t sound like I’m from here. I don’t get it, but oh well.

  • ChemE February 21, 2012, 2:24 pm

    I’m not too big into football, but I don’t particularly like the Ravens. Something about my team being picked up and moved to become the Ravens… It still hurts 😉 And our team has never been the same, always a rebuilding year!

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  • Addie Pray February 21, 2012, 2:35 pm

    Yay, I love Christy! And I love math too. I was a math major in college and sometimes wish I had continued that instead of going into stupid law. 😉

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  • brendapie February 21, 2012, 3:02 pm

    Ah so jealous! I wanted to pursue a Masters in Library and Information Science but I’m really worried about finding a job afterwards. Now I’m studying for a more “practical” degree (Accounting) but I still wonder what if. It’s incredibly hard to get a job as a library aide/assistant (the city I’m currently living in is using an eligibility list for the positions that dates back from 2008!) and while I did interview numerous times for the job due to my rank on the eligibility list, budget cuts have hit this city hard and the positions always get cut. It’s disheartening. Other opportunities I’ve looked into either aren’t seeking anyone at this time or you have to be enrolled in an accredited program to be considered. /sigh Sorry for the rant but it’s inspiring in a way to read your story and see that it’s still possible to have a career with a library science degree.

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    • Christy February 21, 2012, 3:28 pm

      Ask me again after April–I’m not sure if I have a job past then. It’s actually a really stressful job market, especially if you want to stay in a particular city. It also depends on which sub-sector of library science you want to go into–government librarians can usually find jobs, but it’s harder for public or academic librarians. I really encourage you in your practical degree–gotta pay bills somehow. If I do end up with a job, I’ll be sure to share the good news with the DWers.

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      • Auntie Allison February 22, 2012, 12:02 am

        Wha…? I am just about to apply to an MA in library science program because I hate nursing and need something with a different pace. Now I’m scared.

        Oh, and nice to meet you, Christy! Wait, that sounded sarcastic, and I promise it was sincere.

    • kerrycontrary February 21, 2012, 3:36 pm

      Brendapie, you can email me at kschork87@gmail.com if you want to talk about library science/the job market. I just got my first full-time perm. position in the field (been working part time in it for 3ish years before then).

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      • Christy February 21, 2012, 3:37 pm

        Rock on! I can’t wait to chat about this on Friday.

      • brendapie February 21, 2012, 8:12 pm

        Thank you so much for your generous offer. I’d love to get some advice and have a couple of questions answered from your perspective. I’m a bit swamped with schoolwork but I’ll try to send out an email within a day or two. Thanks again!

  • Eljay February 21, 2012, 3:16 pm

    It’s great to “meet” you Christy! So nice to see another Bawlmer hon here. 🙂

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    • dabbler February 21, 2012, 3:56 pm

      Ha. I was just trying to work in a hon joke. You beat me to it.

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      • Eljay February 21, 2012, 5:25 pm

        Haaa! Couldn’t resist.

  • TheOtherMe February 23, 2012, 10:43 am

    Nice to meet you Christy !!!

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  • sarita_f March 10, 2012, 11:05 pm

    This may never get seen or responded to, but – Christy! Where is your avatar pic from? A guy on another forum I hang out on (14ers.com) has your exact same one. It used to drive me a little nutty because every time I’d see it, on either site, I would be all like, I KNOW I’ve seen that somewhere else! And I just now tracked both down. Anyhoo. Carry on.

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