SCREEN NAME IS MORE THAN AN ALIAS
Posted 09 July 2003 - 10:31 AM
I've often wondered about some of the crazy screen names attached to geocachers. Some are obvious. (maybe not ) Some are downright hilarious .
Several people have questioned mine, so here is the explanation:
I recently spent 9 months in Australia. Aussies definitely enjoy the english language.
Among other quirks, the Aussies use a lot of slang including some Cockney rhyming slang.
In Cockney rhyming slang, septic tank refers to Americans. (Tank rhymes with Yank)
Being a Yank, I thought sept1c_tank fit pretty well.
HOW DID YOU ARRIVE AT YOUR SCREEN NAME?
Posted 09 July 2003 - 10:41 AM
Back in 1998, my wife bought the DustyJacket.com domain name for selling collectible books.
(DustyJacket -- dust jacket)
At the time I used to use BillAtHome everywhere because I was a programmer - contractor working out of my house.
When I got an "honest" job, I needed a new name, so I started using DustyJacket -- especially as my wife gave up selling the books -- she'd rather keep them. So now, I've taken over the domain for my own use....
Although, after I started caching in the winter months, I noticed that when I got back to the office after a lunch cache, my jacket was awfully dusty, so I guess it applies.......
Not all those that wander are lost. But in my case...
Posted 09 July 2003 - 10:50 AM
Posted 09 July 2003 - 10:53 AM
That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!
Prophetically Challenged (or is that Pathetically?)
Posted 09 July 2003 - 10:59 AM
We'll after a few years it became clear that nobody got the joke. At the time it didn't occur to me to just type out the word "Bracket". So, I went in search of a new nym.
Back then one of my favorite movies was Planet of the Apes (the original). I wanted to pick a character name from the movie. Thinking (correctly in retrospect) that a remake could happen one day, I wanted to choose an obscure name that would be unlikely to make it into a remake. So it was to be General Ursus, the ape general from the second movie, Beneath Planet of the Apes. I used that for a long time.
Recently (a few months ago) I discovered a rather unsavory character had been using the nym. I traced it back as far as I could but was unable to prove who used it first. I just decided to abandon it and look for a new one. I remembered my old nym and this time it did occur to me to just spell it out. So, I decided to reclaim it and keep the promotion I had received when changing the first time.
So it's General Bracket.
Posted 09 July 2003 - 11:05 AM
Just look where my real caches are and you will see what I mean.
The orgin of the name comes from the Kiowan Language, and since I have lots of respect and admiration for our Native Americans. I just adopted it and carry their spirits with me when I go into the back country.
Tahosa - Dweller of Mountain Tops.
Posted 09 July 2003 - 11:13 AM
There was a game Called Shadowrun, in the original book of rules is a cartoon of a mage who is wearing a button that says "668 Neighbor of the Beast" I spent about 3 days laughing at that, on and off.
My Charecter in the game started out with the handle "Gladhand" cause he had a cybernetic hand with 6 super sharp blades buit into it a la Freddy Krueger.
But everytime he got into a fight he would use grenades, and kill the enemy before he could close to hand to hand (oops).
And get Really DUSTY.
About that time Quake came out for the IBM 486. I needed a nickname. Dusty, was taken. I've used this ever since.
They say this universe is bound to blow,
I say we crank up the Calypso Control!
~Someday I Will~
Posted 09 July 2003 - 11:16 AM
I thought I was wrong once, but I was mistaken.
Posted 09 July 2003 - 11:21 AM
"Give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, he'll sit in a boat and drink beer all day" - Dave Barry
Posted 09 July 2003 - 11:39 AM
? East, ? West, ? South, ? North
(The characters will show as squares or question marks if your computer/browser doesn't recognize Unicode or you don't have a Chinese/Japanese character font. But you can see the characters in my avatar).
I spent some time working in Japan back in the 80's.
-- I found it in the last place I looked.
Posted 09 July 2003 - 11:51 AM
"Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand."
Posted 09 July 2003 - 11:54 AM
About that time, the TV show Friends had just become popular, so I adopted the name ChandlerB for all my online activities (which mostly meant chatting on the Undernet). Then a porn distributor from Manila started using the same nick on Undernet, so I had to change again. Seemed pretty silly to fight for a nickname that was going to cause more trouble than it was worth!
One night I tried typing "Cyber-Bret" and noticed that they almost ran together, so I switched it to "CYBret" and it just kinda stuck. So far no one's doing anything like distributing disturbing photos of Winston Churchill in compromising positions with this nickname.....but give em time.
"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field.
When a man found it, he hid it again." Mt. 13:44
Posted 09 July 2003 - 12:01 PM
If God is your co-pilot, it's time to change seats!!!
Posted 09 July 2003 - 12:33 PM
"Is it peas?" - Ellen
Posted 09 July 2003 - 12:41 PM
I first started here with "TheHeavenlyHost" as that is my domain name. I have a web hosting business, and am a Christian, so the play on words just worked. But I spend a lot of time in #geocaching, and people started calling me THH or had to type the whole thing out. I changed my nick in there to DruMorgan (which is my real name) and then people didn't associate me with my geocaching alias. So, I paid my membership and changed my name to Dru Morgan and my title to The Heavenly Host. Once I made the transition, I dropped the title in favor of changing it to suit my mood. Now, I'm stuck with my real name.
Besides, who wants to go to a picnic and have people say, "Hey, there's FTF-Dude-69!"
Ever notice how anyone that caches more than you do is a maniac, while anyone that caches less than you do is an idiot? -Dru Morgan
Posted 09 July 2003 - 12:41 PM
Let me start off by saying I'm really into racing....basically if it goes fast, I'm interested. Anyhow I do a little drag racing from time to time as a hobby. A couple years back I bought an '89 Mustang Convertible that I was going to strip down, and convert into a more race dedicated car. It had the little 4 cyl. motor, and didn't run. The guy told me it blew the head gaskets. No big deal as I was going to scrap the motor anyhow and replace it with something bigger. A friend of mine who told me about the car started calling me Mr. 4 Banger (For those who don't know....basically poking fun at the fact that my stang had a much smaller engine than his). So after a little time of searching for the motor I wanted and coming up empty handed, I decided that I wanted to drive it, since it sat in my garage for a few months. So I started to tear the engine apart to fix the head gaskets, and discovered they were fine and that one of the pistons had blown up. It was laying in the oil pan in chunks. So at that point the same friend started calling me Mr. 3 banger due to the lost piston/cylinder. Then I went ahead and yanked the engine because I was bored....again that friend then started calling me Mr. 0 (Typed as the number zero, pronunced Mr. Oh) since I now had zero cyl in my car. I eventually got fed up and sold it on e-bay.
I told you it was long and boring.
"Remember that nature and the elements are neither your friend or your enemy - they are actually disinterested."
Department of the Army Field Manual FM 21-76 "Survival" Oct. 1970
Posted 09 July 2003 - 12:52 PM
After months of living like a wild man, a falcon came to me, and told me how to leave the forest. It was revelaed to me that the falcon was my spirt animal, and has guided me in life ever since.
It is the tale, not he who tells it."
Posted 09 July 2003 - 12:57 PM
oddly enough I am a cook and it has nothing to do with that
Posted 09 July 2003 - 01:45 PM
Posted 09 July 2003 - 01:57 PM
Till a voice, as bad as Conscience, rang interminable changes
On one everlasting Whisper day and night repeated -- so:
"Something hidden. Go and find it. Go and look behind the Ranges --
"Something lost behind the Ranges. Lost and waiting for you. Go!"
Rudyard Kipling , The Explorer 1898
Posted 09 July 2003 - 03:28 PM
Unrelated note regarding the post 2 above this one: I lived in Kirkland when the Totem Lake shopping center was built - I could practically see it from my bedroom window in the Kingsgate neighborhood.
Posted 09 July 2003 - 03:43 PM
"Following animal paths may make the bushwacking a little easier, but probably won't pay off in the long run, since deer tend not to geocache much." - Geocacher Peeve on the Vaught Ranch Bushwackin Fun (B.D. #2) cache
Posted 09 July 2003 - 10:18 PM
Mine is from my Army Tanking days.... we always dreaded breaking or throwing a track in the field. The funny thing was, while I helped quite a few other crews put a track back on in the field, my crew and I never lost or threw a track, not once. To those in the know that's quite an accomplishment.
Now I did have one of my own road wheels pass me on a tank trail at Fort Hood one time after having broken off....lol. Another time I Broke the #1 torsion bar on the left side during some rough terrain which should have resulted in the track slipping off as well, but we didn't know about it till we got to our destination and were doing routine after operations maintenance.... just lucky I guess...
"Trade up, trade even, or don't trade!!!" My philosophy of life.
Posted 09 July 2003 - 10:20 PM
Works for me. Also sounds more exotic than "migrantworker"
Posted 09 July 2003 - 10:32 PM
Originally posted by bigredmed:
I work for the University of Nebraska (Big Red) Medical Center (Med), thus my screen name: bigredmed.
Hmmmm... from my background I thought you were a medic in the First Infantry Division. (The Big Red One). How wrong I was!
My name is a long story. I started out with my ham radio callsign, KD9KC. My kids (Army_Scout and Desert Kid) thought it was unimaginative and boring. Among friends I had been referred to as a true Desert Warrior. So the kids (and wife agreed) suggested I use Desert_Warrior. And so it was. I know I have a love for carrying the fight to the enemy, waiting is not my style. You can find me at the head of the dust cloud.
For grins, my soldiers also referred to me as "Battle Cat", but that story is for another time.
Mike. Desert_Warrior (aka KD9KC).
El Paso, Texas.
Citizens of this land may own guns. Not to threaten their neighbors, but to ensure themselves of liberty and freedom.
They are not assault weapons anymore... they are HOMELAND DEFENSE WEAPONS!
Posted 09 July 2003 - 10:32 PM
Cache you later,
So many caches, so little time.
Posted 09 July 2003 - 10:35 PM
It is the car that I own and do autocrossing in(run around cones in a big parking lot) and go to race tracks and have fun at high speeds.
For those car nuts out there, you should be able to decode this, I have a personalized license plate that reads, 4NOMORE.
Posted 09 July 2003 - 10:51 PM
All you have to do to fly is throw yourself at the ground and miss!
Posted 09 July 2003 - 11:42 PM
My individual geocaching name is skybluepink. I can't claim credit for it though. I was actually searching the web for things to potentially use as a signature item and came across a quirky website that sells stuff called skybluepink.com. I ordered some stuff and loved the name so much I adopted it.
Posted 10 July 2003 - 12:11 AM
It seemed like a good fit for geocaching.
PDOP's GPS Pages
Posted 10 July 2003 - 12:27 AM
Posted 10 July 2003 - 12:49 AM
I've used this name in various places such as SOCOM Online for the PS2 and deviantART. My avatar looks much better animated (you can see it at deviantART), but I thought it was fun to plop it into a Vista. It is a crimson edged sword.