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Unofficial Chowhounder survey: Who are you?

Hi guys,

I've used Chowhound for many years now, and am curious to know the basics about my fellow users to get a sense of where they are coming from. Feel free to answer as much or as little as you like. And feel free to add optional fields. This info is for the sheer purpose of attempting to satisfy my curiosity -- and yours, too, perhaps.

Thank you!

-durianbreath

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AGE
(a number, but nothing but!)

MONTHS/YEARS ON THIS BOARD

CURRENT CITY
(and former cities, if you feel so inclined. you can take the girl out of new york...)

PROFESSION/FIELD OF WORK
(and if you are in the middle of a career changeover, spill the baked beans!)

CULTURAL BACKGROUND
(if you want to go there. this can be a question of ethnicity, or somewhere you lived, or just the food you find you relate most to.)

CHOWHOUNDER SPECIALTY
(what do your food friends ask you for advice about? what gets you all nerdy inside? do you have a collection of books on medieval cooking that has overtaken your living room, bedroom, bathtub?)

FUN FACT ABOUT YOU
(Food-wise or otherwise. This is super-duper optional, but I had to leave room for oversharing!)

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  1. I'll go first.

    Dead giveaways to anyone here who knows me in real life. Praying feverishly that this doesn't somehow get scooped up by some creepy internet data collection service.

    AGE
    32

    MONTHS/YEARS ON THIS BOARD
    5 (as durianbreath for 3+)

    CURRENT CITY
    Brooklyn, formerly SF

    PROFESSION/FIELD OF WORK
    Food industry, educational nonprofit startup

    CULTURAL BACKGROUND
    Product of a New Yorker and a Singaporean, grew up between Hawaii and California.

    CHOWHOUNDER SPECIALTY
    "Weird"/extreme foods, fantastical drunken bodega purchases, lazy innovations (eg -- why hunt through your cookie dough ice cream for the cookie dough when you can just buy cookie dough and mix it with ice cream for a superior, though disgusting, 1:1 ratio?)

    FUN FACT ABOUT YOU
    Was almost arrested for trying to smuggle a durian onto a train in Thailand. (I knew better, but IT WAS TOO GOOD TO LEAVE BEHIND.)

    4 Replies
    1. re: durianbreath

      Age: 41

      On this board: 11 years? You can't find the old posts I made. Those were back in the days of the chronological OG board. Was one of the assistant editors back then, when everyone knew who Jim Leff was.

      Current city: Napa, Ca

      Profession: Retail Butcher. 20 years in retail produce before that.

      Background: Cali born and raised.

      Specialty : Currently it is economy cuts of meat.

      Fun fact: Ran through LAX to make a connection to SFO with a case of Australian beer on my shoulder.

      1. re: Brandon Nelson

        That's dedicated. Which beer was it?

      2. re: durianbreath

        Sooo durianbreath,
        Hehe,
        I hope once theres about 200 responses or so that you will tabulate the results: mean age, oldest, yougnest, mean time on boards, longest, shortest, a geographical representation of all respondants, most popular profession, cultural background on a 3-D helix chart, and a smattering of points based on specialties and fun facts?
        {;-/)

      3. Age: 47

        On this board: lurked for ever just signed up

        Current city: Kansas City, Mo

        Profession: Sales

        Background Midwest born

        Specialty : baking

        Fun fact: reformed vegetarian now on a competitive BBQ team. Go team Chicken Butt!

        1. AGE
          48

          MONTHS/YEARS ON THIS BOARD
          5+

          CURRENT CITY
          Bangkok (3 years)
          Lived in: Toronto approximately 20 years in total, London UK - 1 year & 1 day, San Diego 11 months, Denver 2 months, Chicago 1 year, Kingston ON 21 years, Charlottetown PEI 1 year

          PROFESSION/FIELD OF WORK
          Software Developer / Consultant

          CULTURAL BACKGROUND
          Canadian

          CHOWHOUNDER SPECIALTY
          Thai Food (a little - for foreigners; for Thais .... they already know it much better than me :o)

          1. AGE
            63

            MONTHS/YEARS ON THIS BOARD

            11 yrs or so... knew who Jim Leff was.

            CURRENT CITY

            Boston born and raised.

            PROFESSION/FIELD OF WORK

            I've had many. Hairdresser, Montessori educator, lobsterfisherman and now medical assistant.

            CULTURAL BACKGROUND

            Swedish/Irish.

            CHOWHOUNDER SPECIALTY

            I'm a great cook, but do go out and look for hidden gems. Especially love Vietnamese and Thai.

            FUN FACT ABOUT YOU

            I ran a commercial lobster boat with my ex out of the Neponset River. It was quite an experience for newbies in the field.

            www.saffron215.blogspot.com

            1. Okay, I'll share:
              AGE: 60
              YEARS ON BOARD: around 10
              CURRENT CITY; Quincy, MA
              PROFESSION: Recently retired after 30 years of working for a nonprofit. My last position was Director of Publishing
              CULTURAL BACKGROUND: Grew up in Quincy. Father was a tool grinder and mom worked In a factory.
              CHOWHOUNDER SPECIALTY: Friends always ask for restaurant recommendations, or, When are you going to make us a fudge cake?
              FUN FACT: I'm totally obsessed with my 10 week old puppy Maddy. Also, looking for recommendations for specialy doggy treats!

              5 Replies
              1. re: Pegmeister

                try buddy biscuits. I have yet to meet a dog that didn't like them. We nicknamed them doggie crack for our weimaraner. She may have had cancer, lost 30%+ of her body weight, not been able to see, not been able the hear, and have little sense of smell left, but she knew exactly where the buddy biscuits were and she would do anything to get some. I think she lived her last 2 weeks on buddy biscuits alone (it was the only thing she would eat).

                Try the bacon and cheddar ones.
                http://www.petco.com/assets/product_i...

                1. re: skier

                  Thanks. I'm due for a Petco trip so I'll pick some up. Sorry to hear that you lost your pet.

                  1. re: skier

                    My puppy just loved the buddy biscuits!

                  2. re: Pegmeister

                    Pegmeister, is Quincy, Mass pronounced "QuinZee"? Coworker and I had an odd debate about this.

                    Cheers.

                    1. re: globocity

                      Yes it is!! I hope you won the debate. The city was named after Colonel John Quincy and the pronunciation comes from that family name.