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At age four I developed a taste for vodka (silly me!), and my mother would call me martinibuster because I'd lurk behind my father, waiting for him to set a drink down so I could run to the playroom and chill out with my drinkie while playing with my Fischer-Price Drink Set.
Predictably, my doctor says I'll be needing a liver transplant.
Dang, second one in a year!
I just liked the sound of it -- it's kind of a fun, silly sound, similar to how the English "phooey" is kind of a fun, silly, and silly-sounding, word. I'm also surprised how many (non-European:) people think it's pronounced like a sneezy "puh-FWEE" instead of "FOO-ee."
By the way, congrats! You're the first person to ever mention "Hong-Kong Phooey," whereas I'm frequently asked "Are you German?" (thus the info in my user profile:)
mine is just a name, I used it as a kid for writing and gaming and various other things, I guess mine was my alter ego and now it's just me
funny the pictures people form in their heads based on your nick, I believe everyone thought I would be a rather small man with glasses of possible indian descent, they didn't quite agree on where I would be from but seemed to agree I would be a small nerdy looking fellow
I don't quite look like that, hehe
Grandson's name is Veda Vyasa, and I very nearly snagged that one for use here at WW, but I didn't want him to grow up and then beat me up for using his name. I still think his is the coolest name ever.
I am a new member and since I don't post that much,
I will jump in on this thread to keep from being
'weeded' out of WebmasterWorld. lol
Back when I first started joining things there were
surfing for cash type thingies and I thought the
user name kinda explained what I was after - IE,
internet money! hehe
I've had Cognac exactly once in my life and can't even remember if it was sweet or not.
Later, doing a search on sweet cognac, revealed there is a cigar by this name.
I've been told I was sweet my whole life, but some people find this sweetness hard to take, and can only handle a sip at a time.
I spent some months in Wales as a student and after that used to wear a silver Welsh harp on a chain. I quite identified with it, but the orthography must have gotten lost on me over the years ...
I stumbled over the word 'syzygy' in the dictionary one time and added it to my vocabulary. Its definition in celestial terms creates a wonderous sense of scale for me. I also love the allusion created by its more obscure definition - a pair of opposites.
In essence then - I liked the word.
It's either that or my phenomenal memory, I can't remember exactly. ;)
My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen year old French ......... named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize, he would drink, he would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Some times he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy, the sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament. My childhood was typical, summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring we'd make meat helmets. When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds, pretty standard really. At the age of 12 I received my first scribe. At the age of fourteen, a Zoroastrian named Vilma ritualistically shaved my ........... There really is nothing like a shorn ......., it's breathtaking, I suggest you try it.
Sorry, I wanted to but simply couldn't resist. Please don't put me in a burlap bag.
As with most intellectual things, there was no money in it. I kept it going for years, but the site is more or less dead now.
But I'm still stuck with the username - painful, as it was the only site I enjoyed working on. All the other ones I run, over 70 of them for me and my clients, bore the pants off me.
[edited by: Hawkgirl at 11:48 am (utc) on April 13, 2006]
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Had to put him down because of diabetes - and unfortunatly witnessed the event, so figured the best I could do is carry on his name.