Each week The Advocate asks a different “quiz taker” for his or her current favorites in pop culture.

QUIZ TAKER: Ronda Loy, 38, first vice president of investments/wealth management adviser for Merrill Lynch and chairwoman of the 2012 Dancing With Big Buddy.

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO: “When my 10-year-old daughter is not in the car, Adele’s new CD, ‘21.’ When she’s in the car, it’s Katy Perry, Taylor Swift or Justin Bieber.”

WHAT I’M READING: “Right now I’m reading Harlan Coben’s ‘Live Wire.’ He comes out with a new book every year and is one of my favorite authors. Next I’m reading ‘Heaven is for Real.’ It’s the true story of a 4-year-old boy who flatlines and says he saw heaven. ‘Pillars of the Earth’ is one of my favs. I read everything.”

WHAT I’M WATCHING: “I don’t really watch TV, but the Food Network is on a lot. My husband, Shawn, is a foodie. We took the whole family to see ‘Cars 2’ opening night. It’s cute, cute.”

WHERE I’M SURFING (ON THE INTERNET): “I have two computer screens on my desk. I’m always researching and keeping up with the news. Every now and then I hop on Facebook and Shutterfly for pictures.”

WHAT’S YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE? “I like to sing in the car. My daughter’s always begging me not to, but that’s why I listen to Adele, it’s fun to sing. I used to stop (singing) at red lights, but now I just keep singing. I also like a beach drink by the pool. Shawn’s a good little bartender.”


How did you get involved with Big Buddy?

“A friend at work put together a group to participate in Day of the Mentor and asked me to volunteer.

I was a little worried at first about what to say to this little girl, but, by the end of the day, we were friends. I even signed up as her semester mentor. I hope she learned something from me. I learned a lot from her. I get emotional talking about it. I didn’t realize the true need until I met her. It definitely enriched my life. Now, when Gay (Mack, the executive director) asks me to do something I have to say yes. Dancing With Big Buddy is a big deal, but it’s a lot of fun.”