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Old 12-16-2012, 01:02 PM   #81
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Mine is my name and initial. I should put a picture in for my avatar since I enjoy everyone else's avatars.
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Old 12-16-2012, 01:15 PM   #82
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When I was 20-ish I was still living with my Mom, paying my way through college as I went and had no big financial obligations, so a coworker with an apartment and live-in girlfriend called me "Big Money". When I eventually got onto financial forums it seemed an appropriate handle, but "Big Money" is usually taken so I use "BigMoneyJim". It is not unique, either, so if you see my name elsewhere it may or may not be me.

In 2004/2005 or so when I volunteered and converted this from from YABB to SMF software (later changed again to vBulletin) I gratuitously added royalty-free smileys and avatars to the built-in collections, and this one was in a series called "mildly abstract". For some reason an abstract avatar and this one in particular appealed to me. Wow, I guess that means I've been using the same avatar for 6-8 years.

I'm generally not a fan of signature lines on forums. It seems a lot of unnecessary repetition to me.

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I picked my avatar because she makes me laugh with her perplexed look of surprise.
I always read your name as "best WiFi ever" and am jealous.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:36 PM   #83
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Avatar - for those of you who haven't been on cruises, this towel folding is a variety of what greets you (at least on Holland America) each evening at bedtime. On this day, the stewards added my sunglasses as an extra touch.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:48 PM   #84
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My usual avatar, Bugs Bunny, is my favorite cartoon character.

My signature is a quote from a man whose genius I admire.
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:34 AM   #85
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:34 AM   #86
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Thanks. I was having trouble reading the inscription. It is just on the edge of my poor eyes' resolution.

I work all over the world, partly due to being unable to hold a real job.

The avatar these days is the symbol of the Richland, WA high school football team, the Richland Bombers. You may be able to make out the words "Proud of the Cloud". Richland is where some of the first atom bombs were built. I am totally politically-incorrect and have no shame. I picked this one after I lost the animated Flying Spaghetti Monster avatar. (If anyone knows where to find it again, please let me know.)

The tag lines come from two songs I heard on the radio. Priceless.
I too have trouble seeing the details in avatars. I saw the big atomic mushroom cloud and the big R and I thought it was retirement going up in smoke.

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Old 12-17-2012, 02:11 PM   #87
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I too have trouble seeing the details in avatars. I saw the big atomic mushroom cloud and the big R and I thought it was retirement going up in smoke.
I like your interpretation! When I chose it, I was feeling desperate.

By the way, a member of this board directed me to FSM avatars. Thank you, amigo!


Now I have to think if I want to switch again.
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:07 PM   #88
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:50 PM   #89
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Chose the name of my favorite geologist (who happens to have found a flambouyant way of announcing his early retirement in "Atlas Shrugged").

Of course, there aren't too many geologists in popular literature to chose from.....
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:48 PM   #90
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The Ko'olau mountains are (arguably and IMHO) the most beautiful mountains in the world. When I first saw them, I fell in love with their shape and color (they look like ribbon candy and are a deep vegetation green.) To me, they represent half the beauty of Hawaii. The other half is represented by the ocean. 10 minutes after first seeing the Ko'olau, dis midwestern haole boy decided he wanted to live in their shadow. For over 5 years, he has done so. The Ko'olau were an inspiration to FI and ER.

The avatar is a picture of Diamond Head crater - picked in leu of a good picture of the Ko'olau range.

I claim my tag line as original, though I'd be surprised if someone didn't coin it long before i did. Though it was conceived as a political statement about the endless string of laws we pass to "fix" every conceivable problem, it is, in my opinion, true of every human invention and endeavor. Of course, YMMV.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:13 PM   #91
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Handle is because I like to run, especially marathons and ultras. 25 marathons or longer as of 2 weeks ago. It also sounded more unique than Ski Bum, even though I'm that too.

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Old 12-17-2012, 06:18 PM   #92
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My avatar is a photo of an unusual "sun dog" on the horizon at dawn a couple days after I went off payroll in February.
Updated because I recently added a signature. It was a favorite saying of my high school creative writing teacher - no idea where it comes from - but it has been almost universally true in my experience (other than major tragedies like 9/11 or the Sandy Hook School shootings - no way to find any humor in those events).
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:16 AM   #94
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The Ko'olau mountains are (arguably and IMHO) the most beautiful mountains in the world. When I first saw them, I fell in love with their shape and color (they look like ribbon candy and are a deep vegetation green.) To me, they represent half the beauty of Hawaii. The other half is represented by the ocean. 10 minutes after first seeing the Ko'olau, dis midwestern haole boy decided he wanted to live in their shadow. For over 5 years, he has done so. The Ko'olau were an inspiration to FI and ER.
Well said, and exactly the way I feel too!
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Well said, and exactly the way I feel too!
I was lucky to be able to do quite a bit of climbing in those mountains when I was a teenager. They are even more awesome when seen from that vantage point! I could never do that again at my age and physical condition, but luckily I can see those hikes in my mind any time I want to. I don't know why, but it seems almost impossible to completely capture their beauty in a photograph.
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What can I say, I like the mountains. Especially the Yosemite area.

Sounds like I should check out the Ko'olau Mountains some day. Hope so.
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:33 PM   #97
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Mine is similar to my Twitter name. I didn't want to have to come up with something new/different for this forum.
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:41 PM   #98
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As long as we're on mountains... one vote for the Adirondaks... bigger than Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and the Great Smoky Mountain parks all put together.
Shudda taken Adirondakid for a username.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:40 AM   #99
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Panhead is the nickname of the Harley Davidson engine made between 1948 and 1965, so labeled because the top of the motor (the rocker covers) look like upturned baking pans. The motor company never gave the engine this name, it was given by the riders. It's one of my favorite bikes I've ever owned, but I have yet to own a knucklehead, so my moniker may change! My sig line is a favorite quote in the book mentioned.
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Panhead is the nickname of the Harley Davidson engine made between 1948 and 1965, so labeled because the top of the motor (the rocker covers) look like upturned baking pans. The motor company never gave the engine this name, it was given by the riders. It's one of my favorite bikes I've ever owned, but I have yet to own a knucklehead, so my moniker may change! My sig line is a favorite quote in the book mentioned.
Oh!!! So it's not a whimsical pancake-on-head reference after all.
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