Age: 44

Twitter: @LATcarpenter

What I Do, Job-wise: I critique cars and motorcycles, review young-adult books and test green living ideas as a senior feature writer for the Los Angeles Times

What I Do, Fun-wise: Hang out with my 8-year-old and my friends, bicycle, experiment in the kitchen

My Motto: Life’s short. Be bold.

My Anti-Motto: Follow rules without question.

The First Movie Star I Ever Had A Crush On: Andrew McCarthy

My “celebs to make out with” list: None. I'd take a smart, funny regular guy over a celeb any day

The Most Played Song On My iTunes: The Black Keys “Tighten Up”

Last Book I Read Without Skimming Any Parts: The Relic Master, by Catherine Fisher

My Most Worn Item of Clothing: Thrift-store, knee-high Frye boots which, unfortunately, now have a hole in the ankle thanks to my son’s rabbit

Beauty Products That I Hoard: Na-PCA face mist, SPF lip balm

I smell like: Nothing (at least I hope)

I Have Faked An Orgasm (Yes/No): Yes, but it was a long, long time ago