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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

                    Well...no 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.

                                        1. I check out profiles from time-to-time as the need arises <g>. And while I dont travel a lot in general, if I was going to a particular area of the country (or world) I would check the profiles of various posters (whose opinions I respect in general) for ideas while posting on that area's board as well.

                                          1. Well, this is a good reminder to update my profile :)

                                            1. I enjoy reading the profiles of people whom I read. It helps me understand, somewhat, their point of reference for one thing. Some people drop little bits of personal information in their posts that added together gives a hint as to what a person may be like. It was interesting to learn that Sam is/was a muscian while being a very well respected and published agricultural anthropologist, and Veggo is a quite good golfer who was city manager in Glendale CO, attended university in PA and lived in MA at one time. Hannaone didn't fool me because he mentions his wife often, (I'd love to be able to eat at your restaurant!) although I thought Linguafood was male... (sorry!) We're quite a unique cross section of the population here with a huge amount of knowledge, and that makes every visit a pleasure and vastly informative.

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                                              1. re: Gio

                                                Interesting! I'm curious why you would've thought that. I 'knew' you were a lady from day one...ok, maybe not day one -- day two, perhaps.

                                                In any event, profiles are part of the fun on this board, and I wish more people would fill them out.

                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                  I think it was your straight forward way of expressing yourself. I jump to many conclusions, I'm afraid. Oh, and thanks for thinking I'm a lady! LOL Of course I am.

                                                  I only post on one other site. It's a small group of friends who have known each other for years but live all over the country and it's a way of keeping in touch. I have more laughs and learn more at Chowhound than there....and, I find I'm here more than there lately.

                                              2. Here is another thread that has potential to become very interesting:

                                                1. I am so laughing at some of the descriptions! Hannaone, I knew your idendity along time ago!! And Sam hmmmmm, you remind me now don't take this wrong, of my sister. She is phd analytica chemistry, and I have yet to this day had one conversation that I don't come away without learning something new about politics, the environment or medicine (she teaches nurses now). I hope that you take that as a high compliment, because you seem to know so much about alot of different things and I am in awe of people like you.

                                                  I do put voices with the people I recogonize as I read the posts. I can't get a voice for jfood, since he doesn't speak directly, but I do picture the dog speaking sort of telepathically.

                                                  To me so many of you seem like my neighbors, the ones that I go out of my house in my court and converse often but it seems I talk with all of more!

                                                  I enjoy chowhound very much, in fact recently, my computer just up and died on me. And I missed this site and flickr most of all. It's so good to be back!

                                                  OMG I forgot to answer the question! Yes I look at the profiles all the time, I am interested in other peoples likes and dislikes. I find the restaurant information really facinating and sometime will google more info. (never know when a trip may come up!)

                                                  I love also to find out your favorite cookbooks, and foods that you take to parties. I really get a kick out of some of the profiles that are so playful with their answers.

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                                                  1. re: chef chicklet

                                                    chef, thank you for the very high compliment.

                                                    But you know that we are all in awe of you--because you willingly and genuinely share with and accept all of us (not chefs) who are pretenders, OK home cooks, passionate eaters-outers without knowledge of how that happened, and the like.

                                                    1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                      thank you, but nooooo, I'm not a chef. This is just a nickname friends gave to me. Actually two friends because I like the rest of you, love and learn as much as I can about food and cooking it. Awhile ago there was a thread that explained where we got our screen names from, I thought I participated...
                                                      Anyway, regardless, I'll share any recipe I have. Hopefully the ones that were on the computer before it crashed are still there. Sort of scared to check on those cds with recoverd files for fear of redumping my computer again...

                                                  2. Absolutely, porky pine. Not only that, but sometimes I just randomly click on the 'people I'm reading' and 'people reading me' icons on the bottom of people's profiles and try to connect as may dots as I can.

                                                    As a mental health therapist, I can tell you we are both *obsessive*, though we're not *obsessed*. I prefer to think of it as 'thorough' myself, though.

                                                    What can I say? I'm interested.

                                                    1. Okay, call me obsessive/compulsive, but I just went to all of the posters' (to date) profile pages and was shocked -- SHOCKED I tell you! -- that FOUR of you don't give the rest of us a clue about yourselves.

                                                      I tend to try not to assume too much about people when reading them, though it is often difficult to figure out gender, especially when people use "handles" instead of their own first name, but even when they do it can me misleading. For example, my paternal grandfather's first name was "Shirley." Don't ask. It's a bizarre story.

                                                      With hannaone, apparently our most misunderstood participant, I wasn't at all surprised by his gender, only mildly amused that he isn't Korean, but I am constantly surprised by how many haven't picked up on his restaurant no longer being in business. But hannaone, your avatar makes me think of "Terry and the Pirates," an old comic strip which you're probably way too young to know anything about.

                                                      Since I began hanging out on the web many years ago about the time that modems came to be, I've known that how people choose their words and structure their sentences can mislead others on their gender. AND on their intent! Lack of vocal inflection is a real bummer! For that reason I chose to use my real first name and a ten year old picture of me. Hey, it's the most recent I have!

                                                      When sound hit the web, along with web voice mail, I thought maybe chat groups and boards such as this would go audio, but apparently people prefer the anonymity of the written word. Even kids are giving up talking on their cell phones in favor of text messaging. Oh my god, what it's doing to spelling...!!! Hadn't really thought about it until it just poppedd into my quirk-laden mind, but maybe people are more afraid of mispronouncing a word than they are of misspelling one? It's a thought. Anyway, voices can be as misleading when it comes to gender as anyting else. Have a girlfriend who is always called "sir" on the telephone, but in person there is no room for doubt. She's gorgeous.

                                                      It's pretty rare that I pay attention to people's restaurant choices on profile pages. But I do keep menu files from local and far away eateriesjust because I hate to head out for a place that sounds like a diner but when I get there, there ain't no way they're gonna have a ten dollar lunch! Restaurant names and internet handles can be very misleading!

                                                      For those of you who are harboring stark naked profile pages, come on...! Dress yourselves up! Share with us!

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                                                      1. re: Caroline1

                                                        You're right about too young for the Caniff version, but I do vaguely remember the Wunder version. Steve Canyon was a favorite though

                                                        I echo Caroline1 about filling in your profile. Give the rest of us obsessives something to add to our mental "voices" and "pictures" of you.

                                                        1. re: Caroline1

                                                          I would but, frankly, I hate the questions in the profile. My profile would read "doesn't like to think in absolutes". I don't have a favorite this or top five that. I live in the moment -- each meal is all that matters at the time. Frankly, when I'm eating, a lot of the time I'm not comparing it to my January, 26, 1987 meal at a Guide Michelin twelve star, I'm often thinking how blessed I am to be eating a fine and complete meal...again.

                                                          It's not that I don't have genuinely incredible and meaningful experiences in my past but those questions are just not my game (although my current drink of choice is Dasani water). If it really matters.....

                                                          I'm Dave, I live in MSP, I'm 35, have two boys and a girl (6, 4 and 18 mos), a wonderful wife and a neglected yellow Lab. I like riding my bike (Specialized Roubaix mostly but I have others) and eating, be it at the hand of Thomas Keller or a taco bought out of a rusty, late-80s Ford Econoline. I'm a corporate seniorsomethingorother and I dream of being a farmer/cheesemaker and/or a truck driver. I'm trying to teach my kids honor, integrity and character. I didn't always value those things as much as I should have so not only am I living the example, I'm going back and finishing a few things now that I left undone as a younger man. I often find that I'm the voice of reason, logic and simplicity in conversations. I am unusually good at darts considering I play, maybe, once every couple of years. I drive cross-country solo road trips with only AM and CB radio. Never, ever FM, CDs or my MP3.

                                                          I have absolutely no culinary education or experience. I want people to question my recommendations. I don't pretend that I'm an expert in anything. I love debate about food as long as you give every place its fair shot (so don't read our discussions of Punch pizza on the Midwest board).

                                                          When I post, I have three motives: It's an outlet for creative/quirky thoughts. I love food and talking/hearing about food. I hope that my posts will help people be happier and better fed.

                                                          Sometimes I pass and sometimes I fail.

                                                          1. re: MSPD

                                                            Wow! You've bloomed into three dimensions in my mind. Thank you! So why don't you cut and paste this into your profile page? It's great reading!

                                                            1. re: Caroline1

                                                              Where would I put it? Under "my most tattered cookbook"?

                                                              1. re: MSPD

                                                                Or maybe "I really wish..." '-)

                                                                1. re: MSPD

                                                                  And here it is 2 months later and still no.......

                                                            2. re: Caroline1

                                                              I'd much prefer to let the food I post on speak for themselves. To chowhounds, I'm boring; food, however, is very interesting, especially delicious food.

                                                              1. re: limster

                                                                Riiiiiight....! With SEVENTY NINE people reading you, you've just GOT to be boring! Come on. Fill out your profile page at least in part. Think of it as adding salt to the stew!

                                                                1. re: Caroline1

                                                                  It's not about me, it's about the food. I don't think people read my posts to find out more about me, they read my posts to find out more about the food I eat. (It would feel a little creepy otherwise... *grin*)

                                                                  But as an additional point, it's also not about how many people are reading who. I've gotten excellent tips on where to each from new posters that have nobody reading them as well as from very established veterans with many people following them.

                                                              2. re: Caroline1

                                                                Caroline1 - you shamed me into finally starting to work on the profile. I have come to enjoy your stories and comments so much that I did not want to disappoint!
                                                                I tend to be better at responding to what is going on around me and using that as a catalyst in my thought processes. And I find people so interesting - their take on a situation might allow me a chance to look at something from a completely new perspective. This makes me fairly good in groups, but not so good at say, resume writing! So filling in my profile never caught my interest, especially when there were all these boards to dive into!

                                                                1. re: meatn3

                                                                  Nice start! Bravo! And thank you for humoring me, and the kind words.

                                                              3. I occasionally look at the profile pages to either see where the poster is from, how many posts they have, and what they list as favorite restaurants.

                                                                Typically I only do this when I read a post that is in agreement with my tastes, or is the polar opposite. The profile can add merit to, or take merit away from a posters recommendations when I view their posts based on the above criteria..

                                                                1. I look at people's profiles when something in their posts sends up a flag--something unexpected. (not 'good' or 'bad') Then I am often surprised and usually pleased to discover a liitle bit more about the poster which helps me understand their point of view or matter of taste, etc.

                                                                  I really enjoy following people's blog links--then you really get agood sense of their chow habits and environment. It's like getting a free ticket to an exciting unknown destination!

                                                                  I admit to changing my own profile every once in a while. Not because I think anyone would be interested, but as sort of an affirmation of how I'm feeling about chow at the time. One favorite meal was a token of rememberance for lost youth at a time I was feeling 'old and useless'. Sort of a "those were the days, ey?"

                                                                  I will pick a recent thread on a 'my chow' page and follow, sometimes bouncing and following different threads to the point "now how did I get here?!"

                                                                  S'fun! (can you tell I'm retired?)

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                                                                  1. re: toodie jane

                                                                    I'm apparently a suspicious person, because I usually look at profiles if I think the person might be a troll, or if the post strikes me as odd (maybe they're spamming or doing "research" not in what I've come to see as in a Chowhoundish way). I've also been known to look at the profiles of the very few posters who get my goat.

                                                                    I have had people comment on my screen name, and subsequently wondered if y'all thought I was a refugee from the Lord of the Rings :-). And I've had people think I was a guy as well, which is interesting.

                                                                    PS and FYI Grayelf is the name of an orchid named after me by my dad when he discovered it: "gray" from my mother's maiden name in Welsh, and "elf" from the first syllable of my last name which in total means "Elfwar" in old English. It is the "nom de computer" I have used forever, and used to be my business name as well when I was doing consulting work in Toronto. And that is likely way TMI...

                                                                      1. re: toodie jane

                                                                        Phaius flavus (and it's yellow, not grey, go figure) -- it was actually a clone that was given this name, so all such clones will be known thusly forevermore.

                                                                        Thanks for asking but now that's gotta be TMI and OT to boot :-).

                                                                  2. I find the personalized avatars very interesting. Some are humorous, some must be private jokes, some are puzzling. I keep looking for an image I can use that will translate in the thumbnail size. Haven't found anything yet.

                                                                    Where do people usually find theirs? (I love Steve Timko's. Is he a fan of Clint Eastwood movies?)

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                                                                    1. re: toodie jane

                                                                      Lot's of folks it seems are using pets, like me. Mine is not my real pet, but it was a thumbnail I found that looked exactly like her. I think a lot of people are personified in their pets image. Don't you always see folks walking their dogs, and they look like them? I kinda look like my cat... nah - just kidding. She's way cuter then I am...