My World and Welcome to It!

These are my thoughts and opinions about life in general. I also get daily prompts from DSP which inspire me to write. If I throw in some scrapbook pages I've done, photos I've taken, and stories about me, you will have an idea about my loony life!

Monday, June 26, 2006

The Story Behind the Name

There are not many things that I've named except my dog, a turtle, and my screen name. I didn't get to name my 2 daughters because they came to me already named!

First I'll start with my dog that we named Caesar. He was a chow and we wanted a regal kind of name but not common like Prince or King so, Caesar it was!

I also had a little turtle we named Bozo. I was diagnosed with fibroid tumors and after a 4 lb. tumor was removed, we told people that I gave birth to a 4 lb. tumor. Of course people wanted to know what we named it so we said Bozo. Then I wanted something to show for this so we bought a tiny turtle at the flea market and named him Bozo. My students loved to play with Bozo and watch him grow. We eventually gave Bozo to a friend who had an outdoor pond and he is doing very well.

As for my screen name, my maiden name was Loon. I hated it when I was growing up because it gave people one more reason to make fun of me. First, I was the only Chinese girl in a school full of whites, blacks, and hispanics. I was also the brainy nerd and not athletic at all. Once the school bully found out my last name was Loon, I was nicknamed Loony. I had that name for almost the last 10 years of school. Then I went on to college, and I mentioned how I didn't like my nickname to one person who decided that is what she would call me and it stuck. Once I became an adult, and got married, it brought back sentimental memories (not all bad) and I was proud of my maiden name instead of being embarrassed by it. I also started hiking which I never did growing up and loved it! So, the very first email address I had to come up with began as Loonyhiker and it has stuck with me ever since. I use it for sending out emails to people in my professional education organization and now everyone recognizes me as Loonyhiker so it has become my trademark. No one knows the information is sent by Pat but if you mention Loonyhiker, everyone smiles and knows exactly who I am. What a nice way to be remembered!

9 comments:

Tink said...

What a delightful way to be remembered.

Bonnie said...

Something good came out of something bad. That is all that matters. Interesting read!

Bethy said...

Love the story about Loonyhiker - I always wondered where that came from!

heather said...

Love the evolution story of your loonyhiker name. It's such a great screen name, though it started off badly for you. In highschool I wanted a nickname but didn't have one and you had one and hated it! I guess the best thing is to pick your own nickname, like you have now :)

Meg said...

How fun! Amazing that a nickname you hated now has such fun, happy connotations for you! Love the Bozo story, too, I'm glad it worked out for both of you!

glynis said...

I love the story of 'loonyhiker'--I always wanted to know, but was afraid to ask!! :)

Lani said...

kids can be mean cant they! im glad you turned a negative into a positve though! Loonyhiker is a great nickname. I always wanted a nickname but nothing ever really stuck....until my friend got married and her husband started calling me "Lanos" - which is a type of car....not really the sort of nickname i was after but it could be worse!

Laura Lou said...

Wonderful attitude about your name now.

Rusheika said...

I love the name... definitly catchy! It always stood out to me on dsp!!