Saturday, May 30, 2009

So SICK of 'social media'... gonna unplug for a while.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Hm, so I can blog, but the entry is limited to 160 characters and no title. It is like Twitter plus.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Just have to try the new feature of blogging by text. I have to assume these posts can only be as long as 160 characters. If it works out okay, then I'll do it.

Miss you Slimy!

Somehow the subject of nicknames came up, and I believe I was jokingly asked to cover the subject in the blog. The interesting thing I find about most nicknames is that they are not really any shorter than given names. In fact, Stroutacus is longer than my first, middle and last names. Other nicknames: Spicy Strout, Snappy Strout, Silent Strout, Slappy Strout, Silly Strout, Trout, Troutsy, Stroutarama, Stroutsy Magee, Skerrr, Skizzle, Thundercloud, Blondie and Chief Peacemaker. That last one has a fantastic story.

Really, aren't most nicknames story names? Well, most of the aliases used by or given to friends in college had great stories. Slimy, Sheepy Shane, The Inseminator, Shana the Horse Princess, and Cool Kid all conjure up great memories of Shane. The same can be said of Ricky, Dorset Daggett/Daa-aa-aa-ggett, Buckwheat, Boots, Teapot, Lush, The Hippie, Cheerio, Megaphone, Double J, Philthy, Big Dave, Goon, Miss Amerika and Sexpot. Yeah, that's right. I said it and threw it right out there.

And you can never predict or plan great nick names or story names. The moniker for Brown Sugar came about purely because one friend misspoke. But it stuck, and it stuck well. And sometimes the more you hate a nick name, the more it sticks, as Gertie and Dshef stuck, despite how the targets themselves felt about them.

So, for now, that's what I got on nicknames. But if I forgot some or if you have better names, please do so. I love great names, and especially great stories that go with those names.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Breathe, Funnycane...

Just in case you were holding your breath. Ta da! A blog post. And I'm a little irritated that I didn't realize sooner there was a comment to one of my posts.

I have had quite a vacation so far. Made it to Maine on Thursday night, took care of laundry and baked a loaf of banana bread on Friday, then spent most of yesterday enjoying and working at the family camp. Wished I had slept better last night, but oh well.

Right now enjoying a few moments of peace and quiet before Momma Strout and I head to my grandfather's to pick up a load of hay. The field is absolutely gorgeous, the way the sun is hitting it. Looks like July out there!

Probably going to spend some time with my grandparents tomorrow as they do cemetery runs to place flowers on plots and to do a bit of genealogical related research.

Next blog will cover nicknames, I believe, per request of Shane.