A long time ago, my user name was wallace0134. I still use that name on various sites to this day...initially, I used it for my email address (possibly also other user names). It was my first own email address, and my first real online presence! At the time, I was probably thinking I couldn't wait to be a teenager (13), and I couldn't wait to be in high school (04). I think I jumbled the numbers up in ascending order due to my (now deprecated) love of math, and I am pretty sure there was a conscious decision to not include 2, as '01 was probably about the time I was really establishing an online presence for myself...didn't want to ever forget that.
Later, I adopted another name on here, which I can't remember...and it didn't fit. I was trying to be myself, and thanks to the close-knit community, the admin wasn't averse to changing names once more...so I became "Albert". It's my first name. I think the name I had before that was something involving my middle name (or a nickname version of it). If that's true, folks who have a better memory than me could probably piece together my full name.
Admin (Tax, I think) had to delete an old user who had the name "Albert", so I probably wouldn't change it again for all the shiny optical drives in the world. :bigsmile:
Now, avatars.... I don't remember all the random animated GIFs I had before this; it was all about being silly and trying to smack a little sense into people. A little aggressive, I'm sure. But in the time that passed, I was called Catbert, Dogbert, Dr. Catbert, and all other sorts of variations.
My last avatar before this was thus Dogbert. A few searches later, I found Saint Dogbert, and his desire to smack the stupid out of people with his staff. It remained my avatar for ages UNTIL...
My avatar now is a caricature (of me :p), done at my previous college/university by an artist who visited once a semester, I believe. It was a spiffy way to represent me without it being a direct picture of me. (I believe I was honestly copying StormJumper's decision to make his avatar more personal, while trying to not directly copy him. No shame whatsoever. :bigsmile:)
And that's the choppy, abbreviated story of my identity on here. :iagree:
[ADDENDUM] I now employ the name "A. E. Wallace" in various forms across the Internet as an extension of my choosing to just use Albert on here. Occasionally, it's my full name (Facebook display name), but typically, it's the abbreviation above (Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook URL/email, YouTube uses a variation, select other sites use variations) that you'll see. Rarely, you'll catch wallace162x11 sending an email from Gmail, or logging into Apple accounts...it was just a nice variation to shake things up.