June 12, 2006

Whats in a name?

I was given the name Lee. I have been bestowed the names Dad, Daddy, leebert, el-hombre arana (long story). Red, and probably more that a therapist could bring out at $150.00 a session.

In high school I was introduced into the powerful world of the PDP-8! A computer so powerful and awesome it took up an environementally protected room. With it we could converse with other schools in our area. For some reason I took the gender challenged name Sheila.

Along comes the Internet and chat and you get that ability to choose a non-de-plume. I started out cautiously wanting to be non-descript and go with a gender neutral name. So I went with Bobbie, unfortunatly my finger slipped and I started my E-life as Bobbir.

I dropped that one in favor of Puck. Taking my queue from Midsummers Night Dream by Billy S. and my love for the NHL.

This was a good fitting persona until Mtv had thier reality show and the guy named Puck in it was an @$$-hole.

During this time I got involved in some IRC wars and taking over channels and other stupid activites. I went with Shiva for that stuff. or -=$hi\/@=- to strike fear in the hearts of mortals!! Pissing people off looses its luster after awhile.

So I dropped Puck and Shiva into the dust bin with Bobbir and Sheila... I opted for something more unique and from out of my Pencil and Paper RPG days I yanked the name Grasp. It was not commonly used and worked well enough to keep until this day and beyond.

Several online RPG have either active or inactive characters of mine with that name. I do have an alt as well that I discovered while doing anagrams. Eeriest Elk.

I like that one alot and I have saddled my fair share of characters with that one as well.

My wifes online names was much easier she used Suella and has pretty much stuck with that one.

So here is a shout out to all those alter-ego's! (Keeka, Suella, Llama Hunter, Thrain, Tall Fire, Kitten of Death, Jad then Pilot, Kage, Trozan, Rook, Cyricx, Lazerman, Hellfury, and all those my fevered mind cannot recall!)

Elk says Hey!


Tina said...

Don't forget Empath, Binka Alii, Buffminster Fuller and if I wanted to cheat, I'd list all the folks that came along on the Cloister quest.

The ones named above are still on IM, and I actually chat with them here & there :)

I also use Ella Su & Aladria.

ronnwaters said...

I have enough trouble just being me sometimes.

Although, in my flying days my call-sign was "penguin".
I once met a guy who had gone thru flight training a few years after me and by this time I was long gone from the army. When he found out my nome de guerre, he said "YOU are THE PENGUIN?--cool" Then I was introduced as "this is the guy who..."
I'm much happier being called 'dad' by a nine year old.