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Re: What's in a name? Read the full story here ...
Posted By: Tankbert <email@example.com> In Response To: What a name! (Dr. Momfish)
Date: Wednesday, 19 January 2000, at 5:31 p.m.
In Response To: What a name! (Dr. Momfish)
Dear Dr. Momfish,
I'd like to say that you are one of my favorite posters. I've learned a lot from your posts on this forum. They are well written and you obviously have lots of experience. Also, you asked nicely, so I'll tell you the story of the Tankbert name. :-) Bear with me as this is a bit lengthy ...
Part One "Tank-" ----------------
Several years ago, I bought a new pickup truck which was SO big it got the nickname Tank. It felt like I was driving a tank compared to my Toyota. My girlfriend at the time was collecting beanie babies (at the start of that craze), so when I saw "Tank the Armadillo", I bought my first beanie baby. Tank the Armadillo beanie baby rode around on the dashboard of Tank the truck. In the meantime, I started traveling to Europe and Asia with my work. One day while my boss and I were driving to the airport, Tank jumped in my briefcase and headed to Amsterdam with us. He attended the kickoff meeting for a six month project and was adopted as the mascot of the project. A multimillion dollar international corporate project was now named, the "TANK Project". One of the vice presidents of the company asked what "TANK" stood for. The the project leader came up with "Transferring All N****** systems and Knowledge". Tank the beanie baby was required to attend all future TANK project meetings!
Tank the beanie baby has traveled around the world several times on business and vacations. London, Amsterdam, Singapore, Indonesia, Java, Bali, New Zealand, Southwestern United States, Rocky Mountains ...
Of course, my online aquarium is another "tank" in my life.
Part Two "-bert" ----------------
My favorite comic strip is "Dilbert". Many of the characters in the comic strip have names ending in "-bert". Dilbert, Dogbert, Catbert, Ratbert ... This is a wonderful strip. For me, the topics hit very close to home.
Part Three "Tankbert" ---------------------
After the project was over, I was looking for a new online handle to use in conjuction with my webcam page. There were lots of Tank nicknames in use already including Tank, Tank123, Tankman, Tankboy ... I wanted a unique name, but also wanted to use "Tank" as part of the name. Merging "Tank" with "-bert" created a nickname I hadn't seen in use anywhere. A quick query of the major internet search engines showed this name not to be in use as a company name, domain name or any other use. It was unique *and* a bit silly. Also, I just liked the sound of it and both parts of the name have some meaning to me.
And now you know the rest of the story ...
Tankbert's Streaming Loachcam
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