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    Default How did you choose your user name?

    Something in another thread prompted me to ask this. How did you choose your caching user name? Obviously some names seem to be self-explanatory, but there are many unusual ones too, and it would be interesting to know how people came up with them. Even if your name appears to be self-explanatory, do tell us whether it is or not - I know of at least one user whose name appears to be but actually isn't.

    I'll start the ball rolling... When I first signed up with gc.com I wasn't aware of the Groundspeak forums, nor of caching events, and I had no idea that I might become fairly widely known in caching circles. I just chose the initials of a website of mine - Wiltshire White Horses.

    Then a while later I discoved the GS forums, and signed up there as Bill D (some of you will know that my surname is Daly). At that time the forums and gc.com were effectively two separate entities.

    I soon realised that having different names on each was going to confuse people. I couldn't have Bill D as that was taken (ironically by someone who did 3 caches one Christmas years ago and then disappeared!). Eventually I decided to combine the two, hence Bill D (wwh).

    So how about you?
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    Mines pretty straightforward, my surname is Hands, my nickname has always been Handsy and I go out caching with various family members .... Handsyhands.

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    I originally signed up as mpatt644, which I've used elsewhere, then decided to change it to something more original. I was listening to reruns of HHGTTG for the 'n'th time and Slartibartfast was always one of my favourite characters from the series, so

    Martyn + Slartibartfast=Martybartfast

    although the kids call me Martyfartfast

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    Mine has nothing to do with a certain film but it comes from a project I worked on years ago where the japanese kept calling me by the project name rather than my real name h34r:

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    When we ran a pub in Ringwood, I produced a monthly newsletter. This began to worry a lot of the customers and they soon realised that they didn't dare say or do anything stupid or outrageous because it would get reported! As a result of the ruthless journalism, someone in the pub christened me Lois, after the Daily Planet's ace reporter Lois Lane! And I live in the New Forest. I really couldn't think of anything better at the time; so...
    It only takes one drink to get me drunk, but I can never remember if it was the thirteenth or fourteenth.

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    I originally signed up as timmyh_uk, as I had a friend in the US called timmyh.

    But then, one dark night, my spirit guide appeared to me in a dream and gave me my new title, which translates from the Plains Apacherapaho as " he who talks bull in threads about name origins"

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    Daddy Moose has been known as "moose" for sometime (so long he can't even remember who, what, why or when it was chosen), since it's not just Daddy Moose who has been affected by the Geocaching bug we joined as a whole family....

    Daddy Moose
    Mummy Moose
    Noodle Moose (The youngest of the Moose clan, and Noodle has been one of her many nicknames, but this one is the only one still around since she was born 3 long years ago!!)

    In at nutshell, that's us "Family_Moose"

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    if you've read the books by terry pratchett you know the character, so really just a little self parody. :wacko:

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    T.R.a.M.P. is a family team where our initials made a very apt acronym - well almost...
    Trevor (I'm the one that does most of the logging of caches), Rosemary, Michael and Paul.

    The boys are now 20 and 23 - not sure how much longer they will be caching with us - but I like the user name so will probably keep it .

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    Our team name is just our nicknames strung together Mol (Molly), Frew (freya), Moss (Sue), Toad (me) although Mol is also known as Mookie but we opted for Mol in our caching name after all mookiefrew-mosstoad would just be plain silly! :lol::lol:

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    Signed up under another name in September 2004 -no caching
    Signed up and started caching as KandG in August 2005
    (GandK was already taken!)

    K and G split and I needed a new name...

    I live -and cache!- in the county of the Bear and Ragged Staff...

    Despite the "and" it's just me!
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    (previously G of KandG!)

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    Oh dear this could be a long story .
    Well many moons ago in a previous life I was in a job where I was responsible for the QA of the current army combat helmets. It was the early days for this helmet so a lot where being produced and every batch had to be tested, which meant a lot of scrap helmets. The problem was that we did not have a way of disposing of these composite helmets due to them being slightly sensitive at that time but mostly due to the materials used and the environmental issues. So basically this meant that I was gradually building a mountain of scrap helmets just outside my office and as production increased the helmets where being tested quicker than I could process the results and eventually had to climb over the darn (can I say that here ) things to get to my desk.

    So to cut to the chase my colleagues decided that it would be good to call me the Mad Hatter and it seemed to stick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nobbynobbs View Post
    if you've read the books by terry pratchett you know the character, so really just a little self parody. :wacko:

    What he said .... OOK:socool:

    Are there anymore TP characters out there ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ook the librarian View Post
    What he said .... OOK:socool:

    Are there anymore TP characters out there ?
    Well my avatar is Foul 'ol Ron
    millenium hand and shrimp!

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    Mines self explanitory, really, though most peeps think my first name is Gary......it's actually Gareth......been called Gaz for gazillions of years
    Another username I use a lot on other websites is "gaz4053".....which is the number on my cars for the last 13 years.

    I met another cacher a few years ago....Walker Dan....who's real name is Les, he took his username from a North East comic strip, "Walker Dan, Newcastle Fan"

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