So, maybe you've noticed that the address to this blog includes the word "lalakme." If you haven't noticed that, perhaps you've emailed me before and know that my email address is the same word. Which isn't really a word.
I figured I'd take this moment to explain my online handle, because people often ask about it. They wonder if it's a Romanian word (no), or some combination of special initials (not exactly), or something I just made up (yes, sort of).
Back when Joel and I were first married the internet was only just a baby. I had a BYU email address, but when I graduated, I didn't continue to use it and I just used Joel's email address he had set up for himself at his place of employment. We didn't even have the internet in our apartment, anyway. We didn't get it until we'd been married about 3 years and we finally bought an old dinosaur of a computer from one of those campus surplus sales. I still continued to use Joel's email as my own, and rarely got online.
Then we moved to Arizona and we had free internet. We still had our old dinosaur of a computer, and it sure was annoying to use it for anything, so I still didn't get on it that often. Then one day I was called as Relief Society President and I quickly found out that email was the way to get things done. Joel agreed we should get a new computer and all was well.
Except, I needed my own email address now. So, I set one up. For some reason I'm still not sure about, Joel is highly against email addresses that have our actual names in them. So that option was out. At first, I wanted my moniker to be a combination of my nickname (Lala) and my favorite opera (La Boheme), but to my astonishment, lalaboheme was already taken. How could somebody else be as clever as I? I tried a few other opera related las and found that lalarondine, lalatraviata, lalagioconda and lalascala were all being used by some lucky soul out there in email-land. I thought that lalaforzadeldestino would probably be a little much and so the only other opera I could think of that began with "la" was Lakme by Leo Delibes. You are probably very familiar with the Flower Duet, (trust me on this) but otherwise, it's not really a well known opera.
So, I typed in lalakme in exasperation and not much hope and voila! It was accepted. I wasn't too thrilled with it at first, but it has proven to be a name that nobody uses on any site ever. So that's nice, because I really wouldn't be very good at remembering a bunch of random numbers if that had to be included.
And that is the story of how I got the name lalakme.
Do you have an interesting internet name? What's your story?