he Choosing of Yertle
Years ago I knew that it was time for me to get an e-mail account. The one thing that was standing in my way was deciding what my login should be. I didn't want to use something boring like my name or initials, and I didn't want to pick some dumb name that I would regret later. I also didn't want a gender specific name, since I had heard about all the perverts out there just waiting to try to seduce people with female logins.
I just couldn't come up with anything good, and I put off getting my account for WEEKS. Finally I got so frustrated I went to my bookcase and picked up a random book and opened it to a Random Page. It was Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss, and I decided to stick with it.
A dumb name? Maybe, but I have grown to love it. I have occasionally tried out the logins Petula and Vertigo, but I always come back to Yertle. And yes, the perverts still figured out I was a girl and I got my fair share of horny young men asking me if I was "cute". So it goes.