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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

My super secret identity

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?

29 comments :

  1. I always wondered what that stood for. Thanks for telling us. I do not have an interesting internet name because I am absolutely not creative. Bummer.

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  2. Obviously I'm not very creative. My blog address is simply my name. Our e-mail, however, is what happens when Kenton (our then almost 2 year old) answers the question when the computer tech guy setting up the account says, "What do you want your e-mail name to be?" and he responds with the name of our dog at the time. Unforgettable though.

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  3. My email name is kate. g because my family(mainly my sisters and my mom) have always called my katy or kate for short. It is kind of their nickname for me. A lot of people ask me if that is my real name. Nope just a fun name for me. I have always wondered about yours.

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  4. I use 2 e-mails, one with my name for professional, church, or family stuff and one "silly" one that does not include our last name for internet stuff. But I usually forget and end up sending e-mail from my personal account...so lot of good that does. I don't think there are even 2 doz people in the states with our last name though, so I try not to put it out there too much.

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  5. My blog name is my email address.

    Hugs and Mocha,
    Stesha

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  6. To me Lalakme, sounds kind of like "lot, like, me" so I thought you were being very cute and creative, turns out you are... but in a opera sort of way!

    I'm pretty boring and just use my name, but I'm slowly switching my accounts to "sissy" because I was playing "Halo" with my brother in law once and he kept calling me a "sissy", so that's starting to stick with me now! My Rock Band groups name is "Sissy Girls"... It's kind of funny because I'm pretty fiesty and talk a lot but deep down I'm a sissy... now my secret is out! :)

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  7. I've always wondered how you chose lalakme. So interesting! Yeah, I'm not creative myself, so I have a hard time coming up with stuff like that.

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  8. I always assumed it was your middle name or something -- like your girls sweet middle names. Thanks for the enlightenment.

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  9. I have to admit I did wonder about the lalakme but even though I know the Flower Duet, I don't know the opera. Thanks for the bit of enlightenment!

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  10. Very interesting!

    And my Internet name is super boring and lame.

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  11. I don't have an interesting story, but I have wondered before where you got your name.

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  12. No creative names here.... I'm the kind that creates a name like momof3utah. I'm creative like that.

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  13. Nothing creative here. Christopher is cyarn1 so I just took lyarn1 to make it easier for everyone. I use to be Skittel98 back in high school, I loved skittles and I graduated in 98. But then I changed it. Way too immature for someone like me now! wink! wink!

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  14. For my other blog, my handle name was because my nickname is not known to many people, hence "Secret Candy" and "Chandy" was a combo of Charlie and I's nickname, Chas and Candy. Pretty cool, huh? But, when I tried to register the blog name, someone beat me to the punch for Secret Candy! I was fuming for a while, but I figured if I added the Chandy we can use it somehow since Charlie didn't want the "corny" Filipino way of naming children. Can you imagine Jasmine with the name Chandy? His sister wanted it, but it didn't stand a chance, lol!

    Great online handle, I was curious myself. Thanks for clarifying. :D

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  15. lol! I totally thought it was some sort of nickname given to you due to Joel's Hawaiian background!!

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  16. My blog name Just SO comes from my initials. My blog address is the sego lily pad. Paying homage to my Utah roots and on some a bulletin board site I'm on I go by LillyBelly because my Belly is Lily white but with an added L in Lilly.

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  17. daisyblu - it's the name i gave my car. (yes, i name my cars)

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  18. I think Travelocity gave me my user name a LONG time ago -- and it's stuck for me.

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  19. I am pretty much boring I guess. No special name for me.

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  20. I made up a weird e-mail name when I was about 12. I'm not sure where it came from, but nobody else has it. It works for everything I need to make up a username for. Unless I've already signed up and didn't remember...

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  21. I've always wondered. Thanks for telling us!

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  22. cool I love reading that.

    SPASM is my name, hubby's, kids in order of birth

    spaz, pacman, agirl, slime and munchman.... spells SPASM had we been able to have another child betwen slime and munchman, and named him/her Libby or larry, then we could flip mom and dad and have a PSALM I will have to remember this though and blog aobut it sometime ! LOL

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  23. Good, the Flower Duet was what I was expecting! I still DO have a brain.

    Well, my url is a combo of my nick-name and my middle name. Not hard to guess.

    My blog name comes from my French class my 2nd semester at the Y. We were meeting with our TA for the first time, introducing ourselves. And the conversation went like this:

    "Je m'apelle Mina."

    "Minnow? Comme le petit poisson?" (He's not the first nor the last to have discovered this illiteration.)

    "Non, MinA."

    "Ah. Bien. Et vous, monsieur? ..."

    And for the rest of the semester he called me his "petit poisson." And for the rest of my adulthood I have used that or little fish in many self-identifying ways.

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  24. I'm shocked someone else had the name
    lalaboheme. I admit I thought it was Romanian maybe. I wish I had been more clever when setting up our blog. My nickname is Clara Bella Fire Woman...I could have done a lot with that I think :)

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  25. Yeah. Real interesting. My last name is in my blog address & email. Not the smartest.

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  26. Nothing too interesting here. But I am at least glad I didn't get something embarrassing like so many people do!

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  27. That makes sense, I can picture you singing it, and it makes me miss hearing you sing every Sunday. I was so happy to hear from you, and find your blog! My email address came about at Schnepf farms where Rorie informed me that just like the pumpkin patch "If you have more kids mom we could be a Hanson-Fish patch." I removed the Fish and voila.

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  28. I did notice...glad to know what it's all about now !

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