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Why Did You Choose Your Username And Avatar?

Tozguy

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There were several Michael's among my friends and family. It was confusing sometimes. Plus I always liked how native people used unique and colourful names. Tozguy is a statement that I am a fan of TOZ rifles. When and where my legal name is important it is available. Mike
 

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Core Oil, It comes from when I was an apprentice in a small foundry sixty one years ago I worked with an old tradesman and we made sand cores for the moulders, And the linseed based oil we used to make the coresand had a nice sweet smell.
 

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You guys sure have some interesting usernames .
How did you choose them?

RIMSPOKE WAS A CARTOON CHARACTER FROM A 1970's CLAYMATION MOVIE CALLED THE PINCHCLIFFE GRAND PRIX .

THEODORE RIMSPOKE IN THE MOVIE WAS A REMARKABLY CREATIVE MACHINIST & RACECAR BUILDER
WHO COULD MAKE ANYTHING OUT OF ANYTHING .

YEARS AGO I WOULD TRY TO BUY PARTS FROM COMPANIES WHO WOULD NOT SELL THE STUFF I WANTED TO
DAVID BROWER BUT HAD NO PROBLEM DOING BUSINESS WITH "RIMSPOE RESTORATIONS"

I ADOPTED RIMSPOKE AS MY INTERNET HANDLE . IT SOUNDS COOL & NO ONE ELSE USES IT .



AS FOR THE AVITAR , THAT IS A PICTURE OF MY ECCENTRIC CHUCK
DOING IT'S THING . WHAT A FUN TOOL THAT IS !
 

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My screen name is the state I live in...
And my choice with experimental aviation... gyro-copters.
Here is a link to our local group:
http://www.peachstaterotorcraft.org/

Here is a link to a larger picture of the avatar...
https://www.google.com/search?q=I+have+no+idea+what+i'm+doing,+however+my+book+says+you+are+doing+it+wrong&tbm=isch&imgil=t5Fq-3k0O0SeGM%3A%3BiKL3uJB3EZj_9M%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.funnycaptions.com%252Fimg%252F105099%252Fi-have-no-idea-how-to-do-your-job-but-my-book-says-youre-doing-it-wrong%252F&source=iu&pf=m&fir=t5Fq-3k0O0SeGM%3A%2CiKL3uJB3EZj_9M%2C_&usg=__C42jWGYWLTVAm_P_GEKr54cEfws=&biw=1352&bih=934&dpr=1.25&ved=0ahUKEwj_keTpxZLSAhUIxFQKHRUqBmYQyjcIMA&ei=64SkWL_wOIiI0wKV1JiwBg#imgrc=t5Fq-3k0O0SeGM:

There is a story behind that: My hobby has always been fixing things... and being creative doing it...
When I was growing up, I could fix almost anything... and folks would watch me and shake their heads...
UNTIL, they saw it working... sometimes better than before it was broken.
Hence the reference to the book...
Being a product of the '60's rebellion generation... satire is a part of my life... grin

Good thread Nels, fun reading!
 

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I just used the name my mamma gave me for my user name.

My real business is apple grower, so that's the avatar
 

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Mine is a nickname I earned shooting trap , in Maryland many years ago a few buddies and I traveled to many registered trap shoots. I use to win quite often in most of the shoots . One time in Maryland the man in charged noticed I was shooting the Winchester silver handicap shells. After I won the shoot offs he announced me as Silverbullet. After that of course it took. So I'm now Silverbullet. My avatar is the day our grand daughter was born . My first time holding her in her mommy's hospital room..
 

road kill

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My user name comes from me being road kill on the information highway. I'm not a skilled, more like barely literate computer person. No computers or even electronic read outs on my machines, I do use a digital caliper though, much better than using bifocals to read a Vernier scale.
 

Bi11Hudson

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Bi 11 Hudson- On very old typewriters there was no (#)1 key or (#)0 key. The 11 of my name is to recognise the keys used for 1-l (lower case) and 0-O (uppercase). I learned to type on Pop's GSA surplus Underwood and think back to it.

Also use Artificer00. In old English usage it's what I am. I'm the grouchy old curmudgeon that makes the machines go. Electrical or mechanical. Or both. And most everybody knows what "double ought" (00) means. I figure since I have pursued machinery since before I was in grammer school it was most appropriate.

Then there's Model Trains... No reason other than that's what got (and kept) me into machinery. Small, but very fussy about running smooth.

The avatar is subject to change when I manage to find the patches from the South Pole.

As an aside to Kiwi, I've been to NZ a number of times. Loved it much more than that other island down that way. But then, it was a long time back...
 
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I'm Will. Almost 20 years back, I was dating this gal, and she said "Let's take a dance class!" I sheepishly agreed. A Tango class was part of it. I loved and hated it, and was determined to get some mastery. She's in the obscure past, but I dance at least once a week.

No, Tango doesn't look like what you see on the tube.

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I worked for a major food manufacturing company starting in the experimental machine design and fabrication shop. Over the years I served in a number of different positions with the final 10 years as a construction and machine installation project manager. Most of the people I supervised seemed to think I was nuts, so rather than being called the "project manager" I was referred to as the "Projectnut".
 

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I do woodworking as my primary hobby. I have had many hobbies. Race cars, photography, woodworking has stuck around the longest. In the last few years metal working. I now have 2 shops, one for wood, and a smaller one for metal.
I just added my avatar, which is on another forum (Lumberjocks). It's my buddy, I had to put him down 3 weeks ago after close to 18 years. He was beautiful, would catch frisbee's 6' out of the air. Always fun, always a character.
 

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I'm glad you mentioned that I kept thinking of Gyro gearloose not from the posts but just from the name

My screen name is the state I live in..

And my choice with experimental aviation... gyro-copters.
Here is a link to our local group:
http://www.peachstaterotorcraft.org/

Here is a link to a larger picture of the avatar...
https://www.google.com/search?q=I+have+no+idea+what+i'm+doing,+however+my+book+says+you+are+doing+it+wrong&tbm=isch&imgil=t5Fq-3k0O0SeGM%3A%3BiKL3uJB3EZj_9M%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.funnycaptions.com%252Fimg%252F105099%252Fi-have-no-idea-how-to-do-your-job-but-my-book-says-youre-doing-it-wrong%252F&source=iu&pf=m&fir=t5Fq-3k0O0SeGM%3A%2CiKL3uJB3EZj_9M%2C_&usg=__C42jWGYWLTVAm_P_GEKr54cEfws=&biw=1352&bih=934&dpr=1.25&ved=0ahUKEwj_keTpxZLSAhUIxFQKHRUqBmYQyjcIMA&ei=64SkWL_wOIiI0wKV1JiwBg#imgrc=t5Fq-3k0O0SeGM:

There is a story behind that: My hobby has always been fixing things... and being creative doing it...
When I was growing up, I could fix almost anything... and folks would watch me and shake their heads...
UNTIL, they saw it working... sometimes better than before it was broken.
Hence the reference to the book...
Being a product of the '60's rebellion generation... satire is a part of my life... grin

Good thread Nels, fun reading!
 

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My username is courtesy of my friends who think collecting Scoopmobiles is a little different. These 3 wheeled loaders were manufactured here in Oregon and I have somewhat of an obsession. I currently only have 7 but I'm still looking. Maintaining these old machines requires machine tools and I've started collecting them too!
George
 

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ch2co

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Origin of my Gator Avatar:

I’ve been known on most sites as ‘Grumpy Gator’ since a trip to Florida with my kids and grandkids to watch the launch of my daughters first Mars lander, Phoenix. (She’s now working on her fourth “space ship”) . Anyway, while driving around the area, I saw an alligator sunning himself along the shore of a duckweed covered body of water, where I assumed the gator had just eaten lunch and was sunning himself to digest whatever it was, lots of ducks around. I loved the duckweed covering and decided that I had to get a picture of this guy. Got my camera ready and walked over to the general area about 12 feet away and shot a couple of pictures one of which has since become my avatar. Just as I was turning around, this guy lunged at me at umpteen miles an hour, I never expected they could move so far so fast when out of the water! I swear that he had almost taken a bite out of my leg, but maybe that was just the adrenaline talking. My 4 year old grandson witnessed the whole thing and thought that it was really really funny. I didn’t agree and let him know so, but he still couldn’t stop laughing at me. He then started calling me, previously his “Opa”, “Grumpy Gator”. So since August of ’07 I’ve born the title Grumpy Gator. He has since reverted to calling me Opa again.

When I signed up for this forum, I found to my consternation, a Grumpy Gator already existed in the guise of our global moderator/staff member/director grumpygator. Not only does he predate my use of the moniker he also lives in gator land Florida. I bow to his gatordom.

Note: we do have an alligator farm here in Mosca Colorado at an elevation of 7800 ft.
So here, I am forced to use the term Grumpy Old Guy/Man but I still use my same duckweed covered Avatar.

I have also been asked to explain my use of CH2CO moniker.

When I first started work at a research lab, I often had to initial various
written notes / messages etc. We didn’t have electronic methods back in those days. My initials are CHH. One of the microbiologists I was working just started calling me CH two and it stuck. Working as an analytical research chemist I obliged and used CH2 from then on. Then came the computer age and the need to have a name and password and all that stuff. CH2 wasn’t a long enough name for many sites. I just started to add to my little methylene radical by adding stuff. Here I use CH2CO which could be seen as 1-ketene or methyl carbonyl or carbomethane or ethanone or keto-ethylene or as IUPAC would call it ethenal……or just call me The grumpy old guy.


CHuck the grumpy old (gator) man
 

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q20v = Quattro 20 Valve

Technically my second car, the first only lasted about 6 months, my 1990 Audi 90 Quattro 20v was a car that I owned for about 12 years and helped shape me into the person I am today. I bought the car in 1999 and it went to the junk yard in ~2011. I bought it in my last year of high school and I'm currently a Mech Eng in the defence industry. The amount I learned from that car was immense.

I've been using "q20v" since the early 2000's on all forums I join.

The avatar picture shows 4 Wright Screwdrivers I bought from a local tool / machinery surplus store, Cardon Tools near Perth, each were about $2.50 and made in the USA. Although I still buy overseas tools when I'm in a pickle (my current financial situation restricts me on the bigger tools) I'm a firm believer in supporting Canadian / US suppliers.

Barry
 

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It is a moniker I was gifted when I continually surprised some of the my shop when we were all together at squadron functions. Everyone overheard it and that was it. I've used it on the old BBS' and still use it on the forums.

Its a scene shot of "The Chin" B movie actor extraordinaire o_O Bruce Campbell, From Army of Darkness. the Character "Ash" just fabricated a new hand for himself.
 
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I used Dabbler, because I'm really very strongly ADHD so I tend to 'dabble' in hobbies. I've been doing machining, on and off for 40 years now, so it's my most durable hobby.... The rest of the hobbies are too numerous to list!
 

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Username is from my first atlas 10" lathe. Avitar is soon to be under construction. Forgot what it is now.
Jack

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Rick O'Shay

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I have not decided yet about a picture or avatar yet but my user name is Rick O'Shay as in "ricochet", get it, ha ha. I also go by roert which is robert without the b. "roert" is not supposed to be funny just foreign sounding and seems unique.
 

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Back in the 60's I inherited the name from a friend (deceased before his time)
who never got to start it himself. Seemed to describe the business Mary and
I started to follow our ideals----- Stars in eyes----BLJHB.
 

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My avatar is the best vehicle I ever owned, M35A2 truck. Had some real good times in it before a drunk (not me) wrecked it.
And my name is pretty much how people keep telling me how my mind seems to work,,, or not as the case may be.
 
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