many geeks, I also had a few login names prior to settling on hookah.
I hadn't put much thought into this process before, but I can see it now
as a quest to find my own identity within the geek community. I chose
my first login, 'scifi', after my love for the science fiction genre of
books. Being rather shy, even online, not many people were aware of my
presence, and I changed my login after a more vocal person with the login
'scific' started making frequent posts.
My second login name
was 'harvoid', meaning "occupant of Harvey dormitory". Harvey was the
name of my dorm freshman year at Crown College, UCSC. I associated very
strongly with the dorm mates on my coed floor, and for most of the day,
they were my community, with the b-geeks making up my alternate social
group. I kept harvoid for a year or two I think, letting it lapse when
I took some time off from the b community. I probably did this when connecting
to b became dificult while living off campus, because I usually did not
have a computer in the house or apartment.
about a year's hiatus, I returned, with an identity that was applicable
both to my geek persona and my non-geek persona - 'hookah', after the
burbling water-pipe with one or more flexible mouthpieces that is most
often identified with the caterpillar from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
I've been hookah for a very long time now, but the growth and popularity
of the internet leads to many instances where the name is taken. In these
cases, and in cases where I find the old moniker a bit dated or even possibly
inappropriate or stigmatic, I find that I resort again to the location-based
identifier 'scruzgeek' which I maintain even though the economic downturn
forced me to move out of the Santa Cruz area. I still identify strongly
with the area as a result of the sixteen rather formative years I enjoyed