LoL by: cataff (Picture by: Bren)

Happy Valentine’s Day!
As a special treat we have an interview with Cheezburger user cataff, a fun member of our community. The image above is of her friend Tazz, who is now at the Rainbow Bridge. She wanted to honor her memory by sharing this with all of us!

We’d love to hear the story behind your username!
I wanted “cat” in my user name, but the few ideas I had were already in use. I didn’t want to add a number to the end, so I began trying to come up with more ideas. The name “cataff” just popped into my head, and I went with it.

How long have you been a member of the Cheezburger community and what made you want to join?
I celebrated my first year anniversary as a member on January 28, but I had been lurking on the site and receiving the daily I Can Has Cheezburger e-mail for at least six months before I joined. I enjoyed the LOLs and felt I wanted to try creating some of my own, and I was impressed with the friendships I saw revealed in the messages. I stopped lurking and joined.

What do you look for in a Cheez friend, and what’s the best way to make a new friend?
I look for friends whose LOLs and messages reveal a person who cares about others and possesses a good sense of humor but doesn’t require the use of poor taste to create humor. I also read the person’s profile, although it’s not always as revealing as what he or she creates. The easiest way to make a new friend is to have a present friend say, “Hey, you should send a friend request to soandso–great person.”

What is your favorite site on Cheezburger and why?
That’s a difficult question because there are two sites I love equally: Lolcats and Set Phasers to LOL. I relate well to cats (have lived with some all my life), and it was a Lolcats creation that I saw online that led me to want to learn more about ICHC. I also have been a science fiction fan since I learned to read and am very comfortable making LOLs in that category.

What is it about Cheezburger that makes you happy?
The great people I’ve met on Cheezburger make me the happiest, and I enjoy making LOLs. That is my stress relief these days.

Tell us something super interesting about yourself—an embarrassing story, a quirky habit, something that will make us laugh!
One evening I drove home from work with my mind going a mile a minute as usual—going over what I had completed, what I needed to finish at home, and the chores waiting there as well. I pulled into the driveway and was about to step out of the car when I realized something wasn’t right. Then it hit me—I had pulled into my next door neighbor’s driveway instead of my own. I snatched my feet back inside the car, slammed the door, backed out of there at light speed, parked at the correct house, and slinked inside imagining all the eyes on me and the laughter. If anyone actually saw what I had done, he or she was kind enough not to mention it to me. This is the first time I’ve ever shared this incident, so we’ll let it be our little secret.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Cheezburgers?
I am (oh, horrors) a vegetarian, but I do enjoy a good soyburger with cheeze. However, if I could eat only one meal from now on, it would be baked macaroni and cheeze.

If you could create a new feature for Cheezburger members to use on our sites what would it be, and why do we need it?
I would create a subpage for the Friends section that would function as a message center. Users could send a message to all friends or check boxes by the names of the friend(s) they wish to receive that message. It takes quite a lot of time to send a message for all to each friend individually. I admire the great folks who share quotes or video links or who make announcements for various profiles and must do so one at a time for all friends involved.

What else do you like to do when you’re not on the Internet?
I love to read, watch sports (once played but age has made me a spectator now), and, of course, take time to interact with my kittehs.