Origin of your online name

Well, as if 'all i ask' wasnt cluttered enough, here i go again. Maybe 'all i ask' needs to be divided to cut the clutter.....maybe music and non music related topics.....i dunno. Just a thought. Anyway, here is my new posting:

Some people in the forum use their real names, some have finn related names, some come from elsewhere. Where did your name come from?

While my current signature gives some background on my nick 'Half-Full', I'll share the whole story.

Nearly 3 years ago, my son was diagnosed with autism, and I went online seeking information and greater understanding of my son's condition. I came across a support chat for people dealing with autism, and have been a regular in that chat room ever since.

My nick originated in that room. I chose Half-Full because one of the most surprising things about my son's diagnosis was that I didnt wish he wasnt autistic.....I was perfectly happy with him as he was, and i felt optimistic about his future. My glass, as i saw it, was most definitely Half-Full, as opposed to the alternative, half empty. (In fact, it runneth over)

I actually found myself regretting that nick after a while, when i went thru periods of feeling less than optimistic. As I shared my fears with my chat buddies, i began to feel i wasnt living up to my nick, and seriously considered changing it. (Did i take it too seriously, or what?) Anyway, i came to the conclusion that it didnt always have to represent me, it could also be there to remind me, when i need reminding, of all that i have. And to keep a positive outlook.

Now its come to have a special meaning for me, and even tends to crop up in my writing occasionally. So thats my story! Smiler
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Mine's pretty simple too... pharmgirl originated when I was active in a chat room, back in my University of Iowa days. A play on words... a pharmacist located in rural(-ish) Iowa. Inevitably, the question always came up "Are you a pharmacist, or can you just not spell farm right?"

It just stuck. The diminutive "Pharmie" is still what many of my online friends call me, even in Christmas cards!
I'd like to claim that "P-Fellah" came from the fact that my middle initial is "P". That would be easy. But nothing is ever that simple amongst my weird friends.

In truth, it started out as the mildly unkind nickname "Pudge" when my brother and I were kids.

Which, as he and I started getting along better, shortened to simply "P". (Which still survives to this day -- one or two of my friends still call me "P", or make a title out of it by calling me "The P".)

But my brother and I were watching the Bond movie "Dr. No" one night and there's this obscure character named "Pussfellah" or something like that (he's the boat captain who takes Bond out to Dr. No's island and gets roasted by the flamethrower -- the actor was kind of a poor man's Yaphet Kotto). So for a while my brother started calling me "Pussfellah" (complete with the Connery accent) but then (kindly) shortened it to "P-fellah", which has stuck to this day.
Mine's kinda dull compared to yours Half-full! I've been a regular on the Hall&Oates message board since about '98 or '99 or so, where I went for a while by my name. Several board improvements later, we had to re-register. I had been listening to H&O's Change of Season album, which contains a great track called "Heavy Rain" (written by the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart) which is one of my favorites...and it had been raining for like two weeks it seemed. I felt like I was beginning to mold! So it all seemed appropriate at the time to register as Rain. I found my raindrops on a weather site, and I've stuck with both my nick and avatar ever since.

Now on other boards I try to register as Rain, but sometimes that is taken... in this case, it was taken so I added 00 to it, which, essentially, means nothing! Big Grin
About a couple months before I joined the forum, I started saying Finn backwards because I though "Nnif" sounded absolutely hysterical, and my friend picked up on it too, so before we knew it we were saying "Nnif Lien" and laughing our butts off about it. After that, we started signing notes to each other PS xor nnif lien, so when I joined the forum, it seemed like a good choice!!! It came basically from my obsession with saying things backwards...lol! Big Grin
Ironically, there's a song by a band called "Nnif the Lien"!!!
Nothing too incredibly original for me. Every forum I post on I am "4huskies" because we have just that, 4 Siberian Huskies. Annie, Ali, Butkus and Max. I never encountered anybody online that is insane enough to own 4 dogs of this particular breed, so I find "4huskies" a name that's never chosen & makes life easier.

I am very envious of Kill Eye's name though - very cool & desired!

Slightly off topic, I hate my Avatar image and really need to commit a few moments to learning how to chose or create a really cool one.
I started here as valleylitbythemoon, but thanks to some friends I made here, I am now valley.

A lot of people think I listen to Zappa (which I do) - you know "she's a valley girl...", but I always loved the imagry of sleeping in a valley lit by the moon. And the beach Kare Kare is beautiful.

And that's the rest of the story.

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Back in the 80's and early 90's I marched in, and eventually instructed for a drum and bugle corps called The Crossmen. We toured the US and Canada every summer. It was a family type of organization, where everyone had a nickname.

Well, like many other teenage drummers in the 80's, I had an amazement for the band Rush, and their drummer Neil Peart. Anyway, one of my instructors noticed that I listened to Rush quite a bit, and just started calling me Geddy (after Rush bass player Geddy Lee). While my musical tastes were well more diverse than that, it didn't really matter once you were "named". Roll Eyes

It wasn't long before everyone just thought that Geddy was my real name, and almost 20 years later, I still have some friends who only know me by that name (although everyone spells it differently as Geddy, Getty, or Ghetty). Funny thing is, I had an uncle named Getty. Go figure. Roll Eyes
I wish I could say claim something really interesting like my birth name is Greg and my cross-dressing name is Inga but I'm just Greg and I live in Georgia (GA). Very boring.

BTW Geddy - I was a trumpet player in high school and loved drum & bugel corps and I have actually seen the Crossmen perform - although a bit before your time. I wanted to try out for a corp one summer but my parents weren't too keen on setting me loose across America!
It's been a stupid idea I once had on my way to art school (yeah, one of those... Razzer )

We had a homework that was thinking of a name and a logo for our own company that should cleverly involve our own names...

My name is Silke Hartung - what could I do? I thought something with Silk was too... soft for me and my coloured hair and mhm, I've always been told I was silly and as I'm not so very hard as well I thought of Sillyheart.

Nobody actually calls me Silly. I just made it up. I actually even give people who call me by nicknames dodgy looks (if it's not something like "darling", that's totally fine Smiler )
Paimaopi is a derivation of 'paimapi' which is a Mandarin euphemism:

Pai ~ Pat
Ma ~ Horse
Pi ~ shall we say, Rear End

(kissing up to the government)

The PaimaOpi derivation references the patting I often end up doing in relation to my Mao (cat). The switch came because paimapi was once taken on some website or other, and I don't actually have a Ma, and there is a fair amount of kissing up that happens in my abode with said Mao. Wink

So that's the story, morning glory!
Shmap - short for Shmapdi - was my high school nickname. It doesn't mean anything, so far as I remember, I think it might have been a word that my best friend picked up randomly from The Daily Show. I'm honestly not sure.

Well, after that, all of my friends gave each other weird nicknames, and we created our own weird little universe around this nickname - Shmapdiville. That's right. The whole idea was inspired through my tenth-grade history class, but it's way too complicated to discuss here. Since I'm handy with drawing stick-people, I was commissioned to create our characters, village, etc.. I even had a dog named Shapidoo (again, this was not my idea). Ridiculous for a bunch of sixteen-year-olds, but apparently we had nothing better to do. It got to a point where some of my friends' parents only knew me as Shmap, not Laura. Honestly didn't know my name. And then I didn't like being called Shmap anymore. I still use it, though, because I think it sounds kinda cool, and it reminds me of the good times before the frenzy. So, to make a short story very long, a strange name indeed.

edit: Wow, post 100! That's funny, I don't remember posting 100 times. Hmm. Cool.
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Originally posted by GregInGA:
[qb] I wish I could say claim something really interesting like my birth name is Greg and my cross-dressing name is Inga but I'm just Greg and I live in Georgia (GA). Very boring.

BTW Geddy - I was a trumpet player in high school and loved drum & bugel corps and I have actually seen the Crossmen perform - although a bit before your time. I wanted to try out for a corp one summer but my parents weren't too keen on setting me loose across America! [/qb]
Now every time I see your name, all I can think is "Inga". You'll always be Inga to me now lol
Yeah, mine is not too exciting, short for my name.

The two "n" thing though, not sure how that came about. I guess it's because in college, everyone started calling me Jenn and I actually got mail sent to me as "Jen"...well, I have always written my name out as Jennifer, so I had never seen it before as "Jen"...for some reason I couldn't stand seeing my name spelled that way, one "n" is just wrong, it's out of balance... (I can't stand Jennifer spelled with one "n" either, just a weird anal thing about me I guess)

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Originally posted by dr hfuhruhurr:
[qb] if you've had the pleasure of watching this then you'll know.

if you haven't..... how empty is your life? [/qb]
I do keep meaning to see it....I don't have a life off of this board though, there has already been a discussion thread about that.
I guess I need to take a page from tonguetied.... Wink
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Originally posted by pharmgirl:
[qb] Mine's pretty simple too... pharmgirl originated when I was active in a chat room, back in my University of Iowa days. A play on words... a pharmacist located in rural(-ish) Iowa. Inevitably, the question always came up "Are you a pharmacist, or can you just not spell farm right?"

It just stuck. The diminutive "Pharmie" is still what many of my online friends call me, even in Christmas cards! [/qb]
Wow, Nat, I didn't know you are an UI alum! My husband is from Cedar Rapids and his daughter went to UI for a couple of years, but then she transferred to Mount Mercy College in CR. I swear, since I met Rick it's 'All Iowa, All The Time"! One of the pharmacists I work with is from Iowa and she went to UI too. Small world, huh?


vch

PS, I guess MY screen name isn't too hard to figure out, huh? I can never think of a clever handle, so I am some variation of "Valerie H." at every bulletin board I post on! Maybe I should have a contest---"Give Valerie a clever name". Whatcha think?? Smiler
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Originally posted by GregInGA:
[qb] I'm not even Swedish.... [/qb]
Funny.......I AM Swedish....at least my paternal grandfather was. Of course this isnt at all relevant to the topic at hand. Just me being me.
Aways gotta interrupt when i have a comment to make........yup that's me Wink

Carry on......
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Originally posted by ValerieH:
[qb] PS, I guess MY screen name isn't too hard to figure out, huh? I can never think of a clever handle, so I am some variation of "Valerie H." at every bulletin board I post on! Maybe I should have a contest---"Give Valerie a clever name". Whatcha think?? Smiler [/qb]
Sorry, no clever name at the moment, but how about a theme song......

Valerieeeeeeeee Valeraaaaaaaa Valerieeeeeeee Valera-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha Valerieeeeeeee Valeraaaaaa my napsack on my back

And Neil could sing it......he did at a crowded house concert once. Whadaya say?

Hope you don't mind my humor Wink

Im such a goofball.........
Fret not Half-Full, freaking goofballism is applauded by most here. Here's to it!
For those who have heard this before, sorry, skip on: wuntie is merely a type-o of auntie, my youngest neice e-mailed me once saying "Annie, you're my favourite wuntie". The Fam has called me that ever since.
A guy I know is getting a Whippet puppy. He's calling it Devo. Really.

p.s. I'm pissed about this whole "download a life" thing, who knew? I could have saved myself a lot of time and money. Dammit.
Mine's not too terribly hard to figure out....the BOARD part references my favorite activities: snowBOARDing, surfBOARDing, bodyBOARDing, skateBOARDing, etc. The GURL part....I just got used to spelling things differently on-line. To me, Gurl seems to carry a certain degree of freedom to it. You know, like I'm not just a girl, I'm a GURL! After I picked my name, I got to wondering why I didn't pick something that was Neil-related? hmmmm.....I don't know. But now I use boarderGurl for EVERYTHING!

Genevieve
Obviously (to me), mine's the singular version of Phil Judd's solo album, "Private Lives". I guess I'm that Someone Out There who does the Judd reference thing every chance they get. In the disciple business, I seemed to have been called to serve in a fairly small congregation, but hey.

Note to Half Full:
Your story lifted me, and I thank you sincerely for sharing it. Did you ever hear the story of why Neil Young recorded his "Trans" album? Probably old news to you, but it came to mind after your posting.
Steve
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Originally posted by private life:
[qb] Note to Half Full:
Your story lifted me, and I thank you sincerely for sharing it. Did you ever hear the story of why Neil Young recorded his "Trans" album? Probably old news to you, but it came to mind after your posting.
Steve [/qb]
Im glad you liked my story Smiler

Actually, I don't know the story behind Neil Young's 'trans' album. Care to share?
Athenazilla came from way back when we first got Godzilla, and I was a nanny, so like a good nanny I asked my charges what should we name this adorable chunk of tortiseshell kitten. The names that came up were Athena and Godzilla. Pete liked Athena and I liked Godzilla and since we had trouble deciding she was Athenazilla for a week or 2 until she was terrorizing us at 3am and I said "what's her name Pete?" and he wearily said "godzilla". So she named herself and the oldest child insisted that Godzilla's middle name be Athena so she is the only cat I know with a middle name. Yes this girl still asks about it. Godzilla wouldn't make a good Athena and she didn't want to be Athenazilla so I thought I would. Hence my online name. That's it.
This is such a pathetic reason:

Paul H: Dead easy. First name and first letter of surname.

However, there was this really sad part of me that hoped a load of people would go "Wow! Is it really Paul HESTER???!!!"

And no-one ever asked...

I really should set higher goals for myself Smiler
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Originally posted by Paul H:
[qb] This is such a pathetic reason:

Paul H: Dead easy. First name and first letter of surname.

However, there was this really sad part of me that hoped a load of people would go "Wow! Is it really Paul HESTER???!!!"

And no-one ever asked...

I really should set higher goals for myself Smiler [/qb]
well, is it?

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