Monday, January 21, 2008

My Name is Legion For We Are Many

Since I have lived in Charlotte, it seems I've picked up a couple of nom de plumes. As a rule of thumb, it is not proper to refer to me as Publius in verbal conversation. That is a pen name and reserved exclusively for the avatar (long live Ultima IV!) on the digital plane.

I am also known as sherpa. Do note that is lower caps, as there is a difference between a sherpa and the Sherpa people. This name is a term of endearment and technically speaking, there are only two* people who are authorized to refer to me by this name. I earned this name in late 2004 by guiding Mona Baset and Lisa Palermo on a series of bike rides. They acknowledged my gift of spatial awareness and my innate desire to safely guide people. It is a name they have repeated often in the presence of others, and thus many have been confused to think that it is okay to refer to me in that way. I am certainly not going to mean about it, but do keep in mind it is a special name that is only properly used by two special women.

Come to think of it, there are two other individuals who have attempted to label me "Spongebob Squarepants." Thankfully one has been deported to Portland, OR but the other still hangs around here. It happened on a Wednesday night run, the 6@6 run in Dilworth on April 13, 2005. It was a particularly nasty night weatherwise, cold and rainy. I was wearing a yellow Nike longsleeve top. It was a hell of a run, one of my best. Anyway, for some fraggin' reason they thought I looked like Spongebob. They are both idiots.

Bottomline, please refer to me by my name Christian name. And no, I certainly do not like being called "Scotty."

*I do give honorary status to Jin Woo Jun, who is an old school Sharksbite member who married Lisa Palermo.

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