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wysiwyg 17 Feb 00 - 12:57 PM
Mbo 17 Feb 00 - 08:12 AM
Spider Tom 17 Feb 00 - 05:53 AM
canoer 17 Feb 00 - 03:04 AM
wysiwyg 17 Feb 00 - 01:34 AM
Mbo 17 Feb 00 - 12:26 AM
Callie 17 Feb 00 - 12:08 AM
Sheye 16 Feb 00 - 10:47 PM
Uncle_DaveO 16 Feb 00 - 07:15 PM
Mbo 16 Feb 00 - 06:17 PM
Magpie 16 Feb 00 - 06:09 PM
Callie 16 Feb 00 - 06:07 PM
Mbo 16 Feb 00 - 05:51 PM
simon-pierre 16 Feb 00 - 05:10 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 17 Feb 00 - 05:51 PM

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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: Sorcha
Date: 17 Feb 00 - 05:04 PM

This thread is WAAAAY too long. I am posting mine in a new thread. See ya there.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: GUEST,Mbo
Date: 17 Feb 00 - 04:57 PM

Praise, that would be a most excellent idea. I believe Jon Freeman would be the man to ask about it.

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: BlueJay
Date: 17 Feb 00 - 04:24 PM

Interesting how this thread keeps popping up, and with far greater replys than other threads. My name is Jay, and I got stuck with BlueJay years ago, from an old-head railroader I worked with. It stuck in the railroad yards, and I kind of like it. I haven't used this "handle" for ten years or so, but it popped in my head when asked for a nickname. It's nice to see some other derivative names, makes me feel like I know you all a little better, but I wish GUEST would come up with a better name.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 17 Feb 00 - 12:57 PM

CANOER--

I was hoping no one would not notice that I had not 'fessed up because I knew the answer would be way too long, but now I've been asked and since I refreshed this thread it would be rude not to reply.

I joined upon my second visit to the Café and in many respects had no idea what I was signing up for, but it seemed like an obvious good idea. Choosing my nickname here was a real strange moment. It made me catch up with myself when I hadn't done so in quite awhile. I think when I decided to join I was in a state of sort of automatic pilot and intensely in the here and now, and I must have thought subconsciously that joining would take me through a series of web forms or Windows wizards like many I have filled out. Although I expected to give a password, instead I was asked to name myself. Nothing in the sign-up process prepared me for that. It just had not occurred to me that I would not be here under my own name. (Of course I quickly grasped the concept that the 'cat name affords a level of safety we all seem to enjoy having here to some extent.)

So when my 'puter asked me my Mudcat name, I was struck dumb and frozen for a long while. "Who am I right now? Who have I become? What do I wish others to see when I come here? What do I wish to remind myself about who I am at my best?" Thoughts like that…..

As I began to recollect, a similar thing had occurred when I finally figured out how to ergonomi-cize my autoharp so I could physically play it within my physical limitations. I was so grateful, to be able to let loose all the years' songs stored in my head, that I spent the first year just playing hymns. It was clear to me that there would be a ministry flowing out of this gift of music and the ability to finally make it. From the start, I dedicated my playing to the service of Christ, and have not regretted it or felt musically limited at all-- I play, from every genre, that which lifts us up. I play the songs that focus our attention upwards. I play that which praises Him specifically or by giving a picture of the good I know He created.

I felt that same, soul-deep sense of gratitude and humility at the resources that are the Mudcat Café and its community. I wanted to give every time I took, and to give more than I took. Finally I realized that Praise, one of the genres I play often, would fit. It's what I intend to be doing, although I frequently fall short. It's what I believe many of us need to hear, whether specifically Christian in content or not, because people are where they are and that is important to respect.

So when I call myself Praise I am saying "I praise" and I am also exhorting others to praise-- to praise whatever is praiseworthy.

When I found this old thread I loved it, because I wondered what the naming of each of you had meant to you. I have loved reading all of the contributions. And it is a great way for Newbies to meet habitues, and get a glimpse of what they may have been thinking when Newbies themselves. If the contributions could be matched to the photos at bbc it would be great, but it doesn't matter that they are in the Forum, they can be found and renewed anytime there are a lot of Newbies.

Do you veterans miss the ones who contributed and are not currently active in the site? Do Max's magical methods include a capability of contacting them thru their personal e-mails to invite them back or give an update on what's new at the 'cat? Would it be intrusive of us to do it? Some great ones there, that I don't see here now. (I do know some of why this is.) Is there a way anyone is tracking who visits without posting so we at least know they are looking in and may return when the time is right?

Anyway, that's the 'fession…

If I picked the right name and am doing it any honor, the long answer probably was not really necessary.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: Mbo
Date: 17 Feb 00 - 08:12 AM

Just be glad you're not Boris the Spider! He gets squashed by a book! Thomas the Thrill-seeking Spider, eh? That's hilarious! Now where can I get that song?

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: Spider Tom
Date: 17 Feb 00 - 05:53 AM

My nick name, was nicked from the tragic balled "Thomas the thrillseeking spider" Truely,Thomas once surfed a much smaller web than Spider Tom does, in his memory. Watch out for the wasps!


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: canoer
Date: 17 Feb 00 - 03:04 AM

OK, Praise, haven't heard you 'fess up yet ...

Canoeing is my total first love. If only I could stroke a guitar even ten percent as well ... anyway, I use the name because it carries a lot of my identity, and also, it's a way of trolling for other paddlers (got one! Joe in Sacr'mo!). -- Larry C.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 17 Feb 00 - 01:34 AM

Caitrin, calling Ms. Caitrin, please pick up the white courtesy modem, your party is waiting....


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: Mbo
Date: 17 Feb 00 - 12:26 AM

**sigh** It's too difficult to explain.

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: Callie
Date: 17 Feb 00 - 12:08 AM

Caitrin posted to this thread on 2 January, so 'she' definitely exists as a recent entity! -Callie


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: Sheye
Date: 16 Feb 00 - 10:47 PM

Hi y'all... It's been awhile.
The name, the name...

Shortly before confirmation, I decided that I had had enough of catholisicm thankyouverymuch! The priest badgered me to go through with the ceremony and my ears perked up when he said I could change my name. (Turned out it was just a little white lie on his part, but all for the good of my soul didn't I know. Lucky me). Anyway, I picked Shylo.
Years later, I went to get a hotmail address and Shylo was taken so I tweaked the name a bit until I got something unique so that I didn't have to attach numbers to it.
I use the name quite regularly now, especially when travelling.

Kinda fits with several tribal traditions of finding your own name as you come of age.

Nice to see so many oldtimers still around!
Warmest regards,
Sheye


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 16 Feb 00 - 07:15 PM

At the time I signed on I was on a net at work, and that net assigned the code names based on the employee's real name. As you may observe, it's the first letter of my given name and the first seven of my last name. I believe I was still there when I first registered with MC, and to avoid remembering multiple names I just kept the assigned name (even though I no longer work there), and use it whenever I sign onto a website. I tried using "Daverino", which I'd used to refer to myself in some other circumstances (I used to make wine with the label name "Chateau Daverino), but was told it was in use. Haven't seen Daverino here. .... Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: Mbo
Date: 16 Feb 00 - 06:17 PM

Callie--that was ages ago (at least to me)...

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: Magpie
Date: 16 Feb 00 - 06:09 PM

Gee! And to think I started it all! Thank y'all for posting.

Magpie (who's real name is Christine and I really don't chat all that much, except when something really interests me or I can't think of anything better to do , or when I'm not asleep, or even sometimes when I am asleep, according to my boyfriend who gave me the nickname in the first place)


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: Callie
Date: 16 Feb 00 - 06:07 PM

Yes - Caitrin has posted to this thread! -Callie


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: Mbo
Date: 16 Feb 00 - 05:51 PM

Moly, you might want to go with you're real name. I'm not sure we have a Caitrin anymore.

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: simon-pierre
Date: 16 Feb 00 - 05:10 PM

I'm so familiar with those internet things that i never even thought that I should have a nickname, as it is usual...

So here it is: My name is Simon-Pierre.

Nice to meet you!


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: cujimmy
Date: 16 Feb 00 - 05:01 PM

See You Jimmy, well Jimmy is a very popular name in the Glasgow area of Scotland, so much so that when people address a stranger or someone whose name they dont know, they just refer to them as " Jimmy ". ie Haw (Hey) Jimmy have you got the time, or Haw Jimmy where's the bus station, or Haw Jimmy geeza swiggathebuck - ( a very popular wine in the West of Scotland ). Billy Connolly and Russ Abbot made the Phrase " see you Jimmy ", popular in their comedy sketches and hence cujimmy, I sometimes use " Jimmy the Moonlight ", ( gimme the moonlight ) as in the song but cujimmy here.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: GUEST,hollowfox
Date: 16 Feb 00 - 03:40 PM

Well, I thought you were supposed to use a nickname instead of your given one. Since I linked up with the folkie network through the (late, lamented) Fox Hollow folk festival, this seemed like a good name and a signal to some 'catters as to where my tastes lie.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: Molly Malone
Date: 16 Feb 00 - 03:27 PM

Nothing exciting...name of my band.

And Caitlyn was too close to Caitrin. Didn't want things to be too confusing. :)


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Feb 00 - 02:45 PM

Say, this isn't the outpatient wing of the Neil Young center, is it? You tricked me here!

"Why do you say that?"

"How do you feel about that?"

"Tell me more...."


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: Crowhugger
Date: 16 Feb 00 - 01:14 PM

There's no better place to relax and clear my mind than at the top of a very tall conifer. One of my favourites is beside the dusk-time gathering place of scores of these talkers. An affectionate attitude was my only choice, for I find the yellow beaked blackies can sound so opinionated, as am I once I get going. Kindred stuff, you know? Crows take excellent care of their young and the work is evenly shared between mom and pop, quite unlike the human persuasion. They are valuable contributors to a cleaner environment, and wear the most exquisite cape of colours that dance wildly in the sinking sunlight.

So it seemed like a good idea to me. Still does.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: Ebbie
Date: 16 Feb 00 - 01:01 PM

Mine is from my initials: EB. Thought it was better than eeebee. IBI might have worked.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: annamill
Date: 16 Feb 00 - 12:42 PM

Gee. It was long ago I can't remember... ;-)

Love, annap


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: Troll
Date: 16 Feb 00 - 11:53 AM

Back when I was 90% muscle and the rest pure fool, A young lady in whom I had an interest told me that I had the manners and disposition of a troll and that she was most emphatically NOT interested in me!

I took the nickname troll to remind me to be kind to people regardless of what I thought of them. It's stood me in good stead over the years.

troll is lower case because I'm too lazy to hit the shift key.(Pretentios? Moi?)

troll


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: jeffp
Date: 16 Feb 00 - 10:58 AM

Not much to explain here - my first name and last initial. All lower case because I'm basically lazy.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: Amos
Date: 16 Feb 00 - 09:23 AM

My mother gave it to me more years ago than I want to think about, and it is short and quick to ype.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: Callie
Date: 16 Feb 00 - 09:20 AM

I've named myself after the character in Monica Dickens' "House at World's End" series about a family of children whose house is overrun with stray animals. Callie was always determined to give her animals real names. She called her horse "John" because she thought names like "Starlight" were undignified. She has stayed with me! -Callie


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: pastorpest
Date: 16 Feb 00 - 08:28 AM

I am nearly computer illiterate. I needed my son to help me join the Mudcat. When my name "John" was taken I was stumped. My son said to use "pastorpest". "I am sure no one will have that one", he said. I use the term because as a clergy person I am always working with volunteers. When I am phoning a volunteer for the umpteenth time on a project we are working on I will identify myself on the phone as "pastorpest". It is a humorous way of acknowledging how much time and effort that volunteer has already given and is still being asked to give.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Feb 00 - 02:31 AM

RATED BEST OLD THREAD by this old newbie

Refresh for the benefit of all the new newbies!

Great snapshots of all the wacky wild ones in here!

Now when I see your photos I will think of your posts in the thread like it's a Dragnet wanted poster/BOLO.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: Bob Jovi
Date: 05 Jan 00 - 07:36 PM

Bob Jovi is not my nickname. I've been called Spanky (in Ithaca NY), Putt (other New York locales), Diesel (in Vermont), Lucky (the Boston area), and Doctor J (my current handle). I've probably forgotten a few.

I adopted Bob Jovi to baffle Animaterra when were were swopping locales a while back. We live in the same town, but I didn't want to tip my hat too soon.

Some people must believe that it is my real name. Alas, neither do I rock, or hail from New jersey.

Lucius


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: Roger the skiffler
Date: 05 Jan 00 - 04:14 AM

Happy New Year, back at the ol' PC & no bugs!
I've already explained my original nickname on this thread, I changed to skiffler to avoid offending anyone who really needed a walking frame ( I don't like to offend anyone, no, really!) and chose the new one to reflect the sort of folk music I listen to most.
RtS


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: Metchosin
Date: 05 Jan 00 - 03:01 AM

I've been away for a week or so, I'll just tack this on the end. Metchosin's where I live,.... means "stinking whale",..... wanna make something of it, eh?


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: Willie-O
Date: 04 Jan 00 - 11:17 AM

Just about everyone here knows the real Willie-O, of course, the shady character inhabiting many folk songs who is usually found stabbing his lover, or at best running off to sea to get away from her.

He is sometimes accompanied in these endeavours by his brother, Johnny-O.

As someone once said in a movie, "hey, relax, I'm not really like that (except when I am)" No, really, I'm not. I am the morbid brooding type though, and decided to celebrate or at least accept this side of my nature through adopting the Willie-O alter ego.

The real joke is that this Willie-O actually married Molly-O, who civilized him somewhat, and they built a house in the hills and had a couple of younguns and are still there fifteen years later. Johnnie-O, my brothers real name, is also avoiding trouble and enjoying his new career as a museum technician at the Canadian War Museum, where he gets to sort through their huge collection of cannon balls (I presume), other weaponry, and militaria of all types, without hurting anyone.

Glad someone asked...

Willie-O


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: vikinglass
Date: 03 Jan 00 - 09:10 PM

I chose mine because I have red hair and blue eyes. Indicitive of Viking blood...or so I've been told.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: JamesJim
Date: 03 Jan 00 - 05:06 PM

Hello Mary in Kentucky. I am new at this - you're right, I had not registered. Now I've taken care of that. A friend told me about this site and I just jumped in with both feet. Let me know where your friend(s) live. Jim


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: Jack The Lad
Date: 03 Jan 00 - 03:24 PM

I run a folk festival named Jacob's Ladder- why it's called Jacob's Ladder is a longer story.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: Sean Belt
Date: 03 Jan 00 - 03:10 PM

This isn't a nickname, but my own real one. When I first came on line (at a BB other than Mudcat), I felt it was important to give out my real name as a way of standing behind whatever opinions I posted. Particularly as a lot of the other posters in that place seemed to hide behind misnomers to feel safe when being snotty or giving grief to those who didn't deserve it. Since then, using my real name's gotten to be a habit.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: Hagbardr
Date: 03 Jan 00 - 01:34 PM

Named myself after a character in R. A. Wilson's Illuminatus Trilogy


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: Danlbear
Date: 03 Jan 00 - 12:33 PM

They wouldn't accept my other nickname, but I haven't seen a post by "folksinger" yet. I still can't believe in this particular forum, someone would actually pick that as a nic.....;-> dan


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: Wincing Devil
Date: 03 Jan 00 - 12:23 PM

Wincing Devil is an anagram of my name.

Anagrams are kifty!

MONICA LEWINSKY is an anagram of SLICK MAY WIN ONE

http://www.anagramfun.com/


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: Jeremiah McCaw
Date: 03 Jan 00 - 05:31 AM

Looks like a name, but is a "nick". Never did like the sound of "Gerald". "Jeremiah" comes from the Three Dog Night song "Joy to the World". I was working in the photo studio at Sheridan College one evening doing a class assignment with one of the modelling students. We hit it off bigtime; kidding around, singing Gershwin show tunes "S'Wonderful") & stuff. At one point Sonja pointed at me & started to sing "Jeremiah was a bullfrog". It became my nickname at the time, and considering some of the nicknames I've had in my life, I figured this was one to stay with. When I got re-involved in folk music, I stuck with it. When I got involved with Mudcat, I had to add to it on accounta just the single name wasn't accepted for logon. Well, I've never been comfortable with "Budnark" either and it just didn't seem to flow with "Jeremiah", so I added my birth mother's maiden name. And now ya know the whole sordid story!


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: katlaughing
Date: 03 Jan 00 - 01:47 AM

Caitrin, that is too cool. I was the only one in my family not born in Colorado. Mom and dad had me up north in norwegian country of North Dakota. Sometimes, usually when mom was mad, if she didn't call me Kathleen, it was "Katrinka".**BG** I think all of the kath names sound so pretty in almost any language. When Rog worked in Venezuela, I became Katalina.

Now I am distilled to kat


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: JedMarum
Date: 03 Jan 00 - 12:36 AM

Thanks to Kendall for reactivating this thread. It has been fun!

Shimbo - you will find those Mudcat profiles here but I didn't find one for you there, unless it is under yet another name. You will find, Kendall, and Kat, Rick Feilding and lots of others ....


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: arkie
Date: 03 Jan 00 - 12:15 AM

I started out with my real name, Elliott Hancock, but that took too long to type, not creative enough to think of something clever, so settled on Arkie, since I now reside in Arkansas, and finally arkie and I don't have to use the shift key.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: WyoWoman
Date: 02 Jan 00 - 10:01 PM

Not very imaginative of me, I suppose, but I'm a woman and I live in Wyoming. (I used KC for the first couple of weeks I was on the 'Cat, but then another KC surfaced and I switched. Haven't seen her in these parts since, but I like WyoWoman, so it's actually better this way.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: Gorgeous Gary
Date: 02 Jan 00 - 09:47 PM

I drew a blank at a rather inopportune moment during an intriductory name-game at a voice workshop at a filk con in Toronto. Several of my dear friends suggested the above appellation...and I decided it was better to run with it than argue...


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: Caitrin
Date: 02 Jan 00 - 09:21 PM

Caitrin is reportedly the Welsh translation of my real name, Kathryn. I liked the sound of it so much that I appropriated it as a nickname. (I also get called Katja or Katusha, which is the Slovak translation of my name, but only by my grandfather and father.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Why did you choose your nickname?
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Jan 00 - 09:08 PM

It's a lot of fun to hear where you all came up with your names, natal or not! PaulG..I just had my first anni. here, too! MamaTamba..I love it! I am one of those animal ladies, too. Have you read Elephants in the Living Room, Bears in the Canoe? Excellent book, I am sure you would like it; people actually raised a baby elephant in their home, until she grew too big and had to move to the barn. Rosebrook has always conjured up beautiful imagery, for me, of peaceful running water, in a glade of trees, filled with rose petals floating atop it, scenting the air with sweet perfume.

Thanks ya'll.

katlaughing


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