May 16th, 2005
So I came up with a meme, based on a conversation with agoodshinkickin in my last post.
"What are some names that you almost had?
Pick your favorite (or two) and reimagine your life (briefly) with that name."
If I were a girl I would have been Brie. (Instead I end up with a bread. I think my parents were hungry.)
My dad lobbied hard for Gizmo. (oh how I wish he'd won that argument...)
Gizmo was born, April 7th 1980, to his parents who will not be named herein.
He lead a relatively normal childhood, interspersed with a few moments of oddness.
His classmates at preschool both liked his name, and teased him for it occasionally.
Then Gremlins came out, and the poor little Gizmo had to put up with a few years of being associated with the small cute furry Gizmo from the movie, and by association, the nasty green monsters. This gave our hero a few mental nicks and scrapes, to prep him a little better for the horrors of the outside world.
Gizmo had an electronics kit which was a christmas present. He made transistor radios, doorbells, and buzzy things constantly, and was always taking apart any electronic or electrical device which failed in the house. His closet in his room was filled with bits and pieces scavenged from various units.
In middle school, he took to computers like, well, anyone named Gizmo should. He taught himself programing, and knew how to disassemble and reassemble a computer blindfolded.
High school rolled around, and Gizmo was getting very frustrated with the anti-electronics bent of his artsy school, so he got his parents to agree to let him go to a nearby private school which had a small computer lab and a teacher who would encourage his electronics pursuits. He started a band with some friends, and with the help of the internet created a small following for his bizzare breed of electronica, which was an amalgamation of british rave and very eclectic electronic/industrial noise.
He applied to, and got accepted to, Drexel's Computer Engineering department, where he locked himself into the lab for days on end, and graduated with honors. Weekends were spent creating robots and bizzare contraptions to make odd music. He also met this really cool girl from Bryn Mawr through his friend Angus's on-and-off girlfriend.
Gizmo got out of college, accepted a job with Sun Microsystems, and moved to Boston, where he bought a nice house with a basement and garage to tinker in.
Thats very funny. My name was almost Gregory Scott. I forgot how it came up but i was talking about it with a friend a few years ago and he said "You know, i think I would have liked Gregory Scott better than i like you. We'd have more in common."
It's odd how much a name can influence people's opinions.
My parents didn't have any other girl names picked out for me. My mother had her heart set on Sonja and was not to be deterred, despite my grandfather's belief that no one would (not even himself) would be able to spell it. Turns out he was right, but I like my name.
Nicknames I've had that would be interesting : Sunny, Sunnypie, Sonar, Soni, Boo-Boo, Wilhelmina Quintusseyfussil
As for that last one : I have no idea. My mother calls me that. I don't know why.
Wilhelmina Quintusseyfussil would be an especially difficult name to have in Iceland where the letters "W" and "Q" do not exist.
that's a hell of a nickname, I love it.
You should write a bio for Wilhelmina Quintusseyfussil. ^_^
Dad wanted me to be an Olivia. I think I would have been decidedly more froufrou with that name. I like Nora and the root of the name (A Doll's House). A much better name for me than Olivia. :)
i was almost martha. not sure what it would have been if i'd been a boy; from somewhere i picked up the idea that it would have been jonathan, but i have no parental confirmation on that point.
My father wanted to name me Ahoo, which is persian for Gazelle. My life a Ahoo, would have been hell, It would have been an existence of endless sneeze jokes. And eveytime someone said my name someone else would have replid, "bless you".
My mother wanted to name me Zari. This would have meant that i would have always been at the end of the line in gradeschool because we lined up alphabaetically. I would have had a bizarre foreign no one could have pronounced and my entire name would have been managled instead of my last name.
so yes, i am happy with the name that i have. heh
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I was very nearly Emily, but for some reason my parents changed it at the last minute. I have no idea why. If I had been a boy, I would have been Jonathan, which I don't like because my last name starts with the same sound and it doesn't roll off the tongue well.
of course all of that name pressure could have turned poor gizmo away from his natural talents.
oh, and i came out (despite my horrid first name that i will not use) on the winning end of an argument that could have ended in my being named tiffany.