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Apr 16, 2008 06:54 PM

Do you read people's profiles often and take interest in their favourite restaurants?

I find myself constantly looking at other people's personal profiles on this site and then googling their favourite restaurants, perusing the menus and writing down my favourites. Do other people do this? My GF says I obsess with doing this.

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  1. I wish more C'hounders would post profiles. I guess only 40% do.

    1. Not often, but I have to admit that I had to look at yours after you wrote this post, porky pine. : )

      I do have to admit that I've assigned "voices" to some of the posters. Have no clue if I'm even near the ballpark. I probably even got the gender wrong with some people. But when I read some posts, I imagine them talking to me in their "voice."

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      1. re: Miss Needle

        I love it when I learn the gender of a poster to whom I had assigned the opposite... it's pretty funny.
        I don't usually seek out the profiles of CHers, but sometimes I end up reading them, and I often enjoy it when I do. So I guess it would be a good thing if more people found a way to add a little bit about themselves.
        It's easy- I just skipped the questions that seemed silly and they went away!

        1. re: Miss Needle

          That is so true for me as well! I thought for a while that alkapal was a dude, but I think she's a gal... it's not easy to tell all the time, and it makes for some fun guessing games -----

          1. re: Miss Needle

            omg Miss Needle you and i really *were* separated at birth. i have "voices" for so many posters at this point it is ridiculous! i realized that i was doing this a long while back when i was reading a Jfood post-- with his 3rd person, talking dog device and all, i'd given him something like a "muppet" voice, i'm afraid, without consciously thinking about it! LMFAO!-- and of course as i "got to know" Jfood over time, the voice evolved into a very wise, knowing, er, yoda-type muppet voice. Jfood if you read this, please know that i mean that very much as a compliment!

            i too have formed mental pictures of people based on their names and what they say about themselves. i have a very overactive imagination, so i hope i don't offend anyone-- i do see most ch'ers as lovely people! i too thought briefly that Veggo was probably a vegetarian. i was convinced, during several arguments with Making Sense early on, that she was male (not a petite female)-- i even called her "dude" once, so sorry about that, Making Sense! and i also thought that Vvvindaloo was probably also male, and indian, and had not only an outrageous indian accent but a mustache as well!--that's going to be an adjustment when i read Vvvindaloo posts from now on! Sam F. has little wire-rimmed glasses when i picture him, salt&pepper hair, and wears a lab coat over a hip hawaiian-style shirt --because he's a smart scientist who has lived all over the world, naturally! Sam is also very dashing-- he'd have to be to have charmed his many wives. i at one time pictured Hannaone looking exactly like the father of a korean violinist i lived with when i was twenty, a very tall, distinguished gentleman, but Hannaone would also have to wear a long, immaculate black bistro apron of course, because of the restaurant! there are so many others. it's embarrassing, but funny too :)

            and like Meatn3 i do notice when a friendly voice is gone for a while, and worry a little-- & then they come back from vacation and i feel silly and as PP the op says, a little "obsessive." i think in a perverse way it's "normal," because after a while we really do "know" each other--"kinda." :)

            1. re: soupkitten

              LOL! As my sister, the Buddhist, would say, we were probably very karmically connected in another life.

              Except I actually pictured Jfood with spectacles and a deep voice. And I also thought Making Sense was a man -- just finding out now that it's a woman!

              1. re: soupkitten

                Why am I a bit frightened by this?

                  1. re: soupkitten

           not really since I kind of do the same thing. But it would be hilarious to know what kind of "voice" I have in internet world.

                    On a side note, I recently met, in person, some people from the Roadfood web site. It was a little strange to cross over from "internet world" to real life. I hadn't really done that before.

                    1. re: MSPD

                      you know i'm a little spooked at the idea of chowdowns for that reason!

                      rereading my own post, looking for "scariness," i can see your point though MSPD-- i think ol' soupkitten might need a vacation! LOL

                1. re: soupkitten

                  I can sympathize with Making Sense apparently, since everyone always thinks I'm a dude, too.

                  1. re: invinotheresverde

                    I always thought you were a woman. Pictured you dressed in a white button down shirt with black slacks with perfect posture. Generally, most of the time I'm correct about the sex. I knew Hannone's sex but had no idea he wasn't Korean. But Making Sense really threw me in for a loop.

                    Having avatars does help me attach a voice to posters. Except until recently, I thought cayjohan's avatar (a hamster's eyes) was a pig snout. So I pictured cayjohan talking to me in a "piggy" voice complete with snorts. Sorry, cayjohan -- meant that in the nicest way -- I think pigs are cute. : )

                  2. re: soupkitten

                    Hilarious about the voice thing. I didn't even realize I was doing it. I also mentally "cast" people when I read books and now I'm doing it here. Jfood and Sam F. are two of my favorite posters and that is pretty much exactly as I imagine Sam but Jfood is grandfatherly type. There was a poster who doesn't post any more named Billy Parsons. He had a photo is his avatar that was obviously too young to be him based on his posts but that's how I pictured him with a NY accent. Now he's become NYJewboy. GodfatherofLunch is the fat guy from the Sopranos who was "outed". Danhole is a pretty southern belle. She kind of looks/sound like Lynnlato (where has she been?). I usually only read profiles of people when they annoy me.

                  3. re: Miss Needle

                    I don't have voices, but I have assigned looks to some posters in my head. Long ago someone posted that they imagained me as a blonde driving a mini van. They had the mini van part correct. For instance, whenever I see "Janet From Reno and Toadie Jane I get a picture in my head of Annie Oakley. Have no clue as to why! For you Miss Needle for some reason I am reminded of a doll in a red kimono my parents bought me in Chinatown when I was a little kid. For Jfood, I think of a bald guy with glasses and a little mustache I used to work with, and for Sam Fujiaska, there's a tech guy where I work, and I have his image in my head when I see his posts. there are many more...

                    1. re: michele cindy

                      Cool! I'm not even human! : )

                      Aside from those posters who have their pics as avatars, I really have no clue what you guys all look like. I can use my imagination and have my little fantasies, but I'd probably be wrong +99% of the time. I can sometimes piece together things from bits and pieces that posters say. The Chowhound demographic thread was pretty helpful because people listed their ages. I agree with soupkitten that I'd be a bit spooked by a chowdown -- smashing all my fantasies into little pieces!

                      1. re: Miss Needle

                        There was a meet up at the GSI on 9th Ave. I was about 9 months pregnant at the time, so it must have been 7 or 9 years ago (I can't recall which kid I was pregnant with) but I walked in got overwhelmed may have said something, and left, I was too shy to stay! I guess deep down I prefer the fantasy too.

                        1. re: michele cindy

                          I could see how it could be daunting for some people to be faced with a whole bunch of strangers. I'm still trying to figure out how you were able to leave a situation like that. Fake contractions?

                          1. re: Miss Needle

                            I just introduced myself, must have said something super silly, then ran out. I'm sure they thought I was nuts...

                        2. re: Miss Needle

                          " I agree with soupkitten that I'd be a bit spooked by a chowdown -- smashing all my fantasies into little pieces!"

                          For what it's worth, I've had a chance to meet a bunch of CHers from our local board in the last little while, and it has been great fun! Yes, fantasies were smashed, but were replaced by real human beings - who like to eat well, and are great fun to hang around with! It is awesome when you can enter a restaurant knowing everyone wants to try everything. Communal eating is the way to go. My quality of eating has improved immensely.

                    2. please don't take suggestions from my profile.

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                      1. re: septocaine_queen

                        Sarcasm is hard to detect from writing. From your posts it's obvious (i think) that youre kidding about your favourite restaurants. The funny posts are just as entertaining to me as the serious ones. It is what it is.

                        1. re: porky pine

                          agree with porky....illiterate people do not use words such as insouciant
                          (did i spell that right?)

                          refering to sam's post below, hanaone had me fooled too, and I lived in Seoul for a few years.

                          1. re: porky pine

                            I think life is too short to be taken seriously about all things. Technically, I have yet to have picked up my high school diploma so there is really no proof I even graduated.

                        2. I'm interested in the people, not so much the restaurants. Not enough people live in Colombia and not enough people review the places where I eat. And, unfortunately, there is not enough in the profiles (as Veggo says, 40% provide info)--but it makes for good fun.

                          People have thought that Veggo himself (a male) is vegetarian. I have images of the two or three "Miss" somethings (Needle or Bennet (?)) as old bun-haired spinsters. I see "vvvvandaloo" and I break out into my obnoxious Indian accent. Took me a bit to get gender right in some cases (sorry, makingsense and revsharkie). I now think I have my Asian and Asian-American colleagues sorted--although hannaone fooled us all in being more Korean than genetic Koreans. Is Silverjay Japanese or just more Japanese than me? Is that "young man" actually filipino or just a Manhatenite? The "What do you do for a living?" thread opened up my eyes to many of the hounds. And then we have the wine and the booze guys--away in their own worlds!

                          Overall, I think about the individual posters when we discuss food safety, tipping, food science, and global food issues (to the degree that we're allowed to discuss). The same when we discuss "Home Cooking". I look at the profiles of people who post intelligent, thoughtful, but hesitant posts regarding terrible restaurant experiences (just a perversity). I'm heartwarmed when I get glimpses of peoples' meaningfull and formative experiences, of their goodness, of their appreciation for what we have, and for the willingness to share things that might help others. I apprecuate the posts in which we are asked to fess up regarding our own very non CH habits.

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                          1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                            hey, my brother does an obnoxious Indian accent, too! it was funny when he was a kid and his best friend's parents (from Punjab) would beg him to do it until they'd laughed themselves silly. but now that he's an adult... it's just, well, obnoxious :)

                            anyway, we're not Indian (as I think everyone on this board knows by now). while i happen to adore Indian food, my handle is actually a kind of homage to a childhood friend of mine from my years at a British international school. we lost touch long ago, but i never forgot my first foodie friend :)

                            1. re: vvvindaloo

                              My sincerest apologies--and again you provide a further brief insight into who you are. I've worked a lot in India, love most everything there, but am an accent freak (in various languages)--in the sense, I hope, of appreciation.

                              1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                no apology necessary! i never intended for my handle to be misleading, though i can see that perhaps it is.
                                with regard to the accent imitation thing, i see it as a sign of a natural entertainer. my brother grew up to be a musician, not a comedian, but he'll still do anything for a laugh (without malice and in good fun, of course) :P

                                1. re: vvvindaloo

                                  I don't think I was as creative as Sam that I have you speak to me in an Indian accent. But I thought you were Indian. You never know who's behind those avatars..

                                  1. re: Miss Needle

                                    Ahh, but if you look closely at my avatar, you'll see a female (yes, i am) enjoying a fistful of spaghetti. i am of 100% italian descent.

                                    1. re: vvvindaloo

                                      Holy Cow! You're worse/better than hannaone!

                                      1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                        Well, I guess my cover is blown now :)
                                        I wonder why you thought I was a guy?
                                        Then again, when I first started reading chowhound, I had a mental image of you as being a kind of Mr. Miyagi of food... I've since amended that idea somewhat (though not completely)!

                            2. re: Sam Fujisaka

                              Ha ha ha ha. Not an old bun-haired spinster yet but probably will be soon.

                              Sam, I'm picturing you with a medium-pitched voice, not to high and not too low, with a gentle tone. You're probably a bookworm professor type doing agricultural research in Colombia. And you've got a six-pack with humongous biceps.

                              And I nominate Hannone for being the Chowhound poster that fooled the most people.

                              1. re: Miss Needle

                                Needle, we're in a Humphry Bogart movie--you shake out the bun and I'm speechless.

                                1. re: Miss Needle

                                  hannaone totally had me fooled until recently, when he revealed his true identity!

                                  1. re: vvvindaloo

                                    This is a revalation (sp?). I guess one of the reasons that CH holds my interest is that it corresponds to one of my most basic interests--in people who are both very much like me and at the same time perhaps not.

                                    1. re: vvvindaloo

                                      I really didn't mean to mislead anyone.

                                      I also look at profiles to see what people say about themselves. Like Sam, I have built some mental images of people (which I am sure is far from accurate). Something Moh posted about aujima pants and another post about her being a doctor gave me this peculiar image of a Korean woman approaching middle age with a white lab coat, a stethoscope, and wearing these balloon legged, elastic waistband, multi color flower print pants.

                                      This pic is what my avatar is taken from:

                                      1. re: hannaone

                                        HEE HEE! That's a pretty funny description of me! Yet strangely accurate. Throw in a venus fly trap (for whom we have been catching spring harvest flies), a bottle of wine, a bucket of fried chicken in one hand and a jar of kimchi in the other, and voila. There are some odd Asian candies in the lab coat pocket.

                                        I've been trying to fight the aujima thing, but I'm beginning to feel it may be genetic. Fortunately, the flower print pants are comfortable.

                                        I completely agree with Miss Needle and Vvvindaloo, Hannaone wins for having fooled the most people. When I found out your "true identity", I started screetching and running around the house "HE'S A MAN!" It was a very Tootsie moment. My hubbie thought I had gone mad.

                                        As for the Korean thing, in my books you are full-fledged Korean. Hats off to you, sir. Kam sa ham ni da, Son Seng Neem. I can't tell you how helpful and inspirational your posts have been to me.

                                        1. re: moh

                                          Moh, when I read your posts, I actually picture a high-pitched cheerful voice. But when I read the ajuma pants thing, I thought I had to change your voice to one of those nagging ajuma ones. But I still prefer my original voice for you. I think it's more suitable. Moh, have you reached the "pama" stage yet?

                                          And, indeed, Hannone, I knew you were a guy, but when I found out you were not Korean, I was SHOCKED! I don't think I screamed it out like Moh did but I had to do a double-take. Yeah, your posts are wonderful and I've learned some things about my own culture from you.

                                          1. re: Miss Needle

                                            For those of you who have changed my voice to a nagging ajima voice on Miss Needle's suggestion, please feel free to switch back to the cheerful high-pitched voice! Here we go:

                                            "Oh Yummy!" <clap clap calp> "Chicken gizzard in hot chile sauce! I Love Chicken gizzard in hot chile sauce!" <Gleeful hop skip and dance, rub Buddha belly>

                                  2. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                    Sam,you touch on one of the more interesting side-shoots of reading the boards frequently - the gradual accumulation of details that flesh out the personalities. Some voices do begin to feel like old chums - their comments are mentioned in my conversations on occasion. Frequently with a post I'll wonder what certain posters will have to add to the mix. I'll also notice when a frequent poster is quiet for a while (and once or twice got worried)!

                                    RE: the OP - about half the time that I check a profile it is in order to better answer their post (determining their interests or geographic location), the other half it is to learn more about them in general since their post intrigued me. Most times when they list restaurants the places are not in my area. Once in awhile if I'm following a regional board preparing for a trip I might look at this when I find a contributer whose voice resonates with me.

                                    1. re: meatn3

                                      I guess I travel a lot and if a restaurant sounds intriguing enough and I'm gonna be in lets say Memphis for a week, I'll go down to that restaurant in Atlanta one night for dinner. Or to Napa from SF, etc. I have a binder full of reccomendations and even what to order. I like to hear where other people who love food as much as I do like to eat because in my circle of friends not everyone is as passionate about eating as I am.

                                    2. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                      I do read people profiles, first to see if what they like and what they are into. This helps me want to get into the middle of a thread or stay away. Also the way they post will determine if I want in or out. I love Chowhound because has been a resource to me and as long as a poster is a resource I should help out in furthering the thread. My main problem is poster who do not check what has already been written and asking a question that has been answered last week.

                                      1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                        That "young man" is indeed young (though not for much longer), Filipino (among several other only-in-America genetic combinations) and a stressed-out Manhattanite (unless they jack up my rent this summer -- then I'll be a stressed-out Brooklynite). Most Manhattanites my age care more about going to the "right" restaurants than discussing the profound talents and histories that go into making the perfect bucatini all'amatriciana, let alone the non-existent Filipino food in Manhattan so I'm always fascinated to chat with other CHers my age who are eager to teach and learn.

                                        And for those writers who personalities are strong and clear in their posts, I of course look at their profiles just to learn more about them (I did study psychology after all). There are several on my reading list who have not just taught me how to be an appreciative diner, but also a gracious human being.

                                        1. re: JungMann

                                          Great reply! You are indeed a gracious human being.

                                      2. I seldom look up profiles, but two I have and would probably eat anything one of them said was worth trying (Sam Fujisaka) in any form or anything. I am sure, if Sam in RT, said eat this Witchygrub, it's great, I would happily pop it into my mouth. I deeply respect his opinions on everything he posts here. He is the one of only 3 people I have on my Read list I would so love to meet him!

                                        Jfood, would get the nod from me for seeking a restaurant recommendation. I love his posts! (I am assuming he is a he!) But for a while I did see wonder if he was the family dog. :-)

                                        I must say both of these Chowsters have, over the years I have been here, expanded my views, knowledge and horizons.