"God is training up His heroes, and when they appear, the world will wonder where they came from."

- C.S. Lewis
Call Me _________

A rundown of my former nicknames:

Flip - I decided that Phil or Philip wasn't cool enough. So I picked Flip in the fourth grade for myself. I even put Flip on my school papers. I had no idea who Flip Wilson was but every now and then a kind grown-up would mention his name to me. My best friend's name was James Breen III. He went by "trip" for "triple." So Flip and Trip would hang out. I loved making up sentences like "Flip Tripped Trip" or "Trip flipped Flip" But I soon learned that nicknames you pick for yourself just don't last...

Wheels - One summer on the bus to summer camp, a group of us decided we all needed nicknames. I was assigned the name "wheels" for no reason other than the fact that it sounded cool to the nicknamer among us. I was just thrilled to have been given a nickname, even though "wheels" doesn't even begin to describe me.

Splat - While on the middle school wrestling team, another nicknamer among us decided we all needed nicknames. He got to be "thud" and I got to be "splat" because that's the sounds we made when we got on the wrestling mat. It was the inspiration for my new Thinkling nickname.

Phil - being without a cool nickname, I just shortened my name like everyone else. Sigh. How unoriginal.

Phil-o-________ - Friends in my church youth group took to calling me words with "phil" in them like:
and my youth minister called me "pro-PHIL-actic" Gee. Thanks a lot.
But of all my nicknames, those were probably my favorites. They were said with affection. And it became a game. My friends would try to call me a different "phil" word every time they saw me. It was fun. One friend, even looked up "phil" words in the dictionary and printed up a sign on her computer with different "phil" nicknames on it. It was cool.

Shrode - when I became a Thinkling and wanted a nickname, all of us newbies got names based on our last names because the designated nicknamer (Bird) didn't know us personally. Of all the thinklings, my favorite nicknames are "Bird" and "Jewel" because you figure there's meaning behind them, rather than just messing with someone's name. Personally, I think we should start calling Rod, "Hub".

Thump - I've tired of Shrode. I've hinted and hinted around here that I wanted a different nickname. It's always better when someone else dubs you naturally. But it's not going to happen. So I've accepted reality, and decided to take my nickname's fate into my own hands. A breach of etiquette? Yeah, probably. But let the chips fall where they may.

Update: I dubbed myself "Thump" and it didn't fly. Now I'm a dude without a nickname.


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Comments on "Call Me _________":
1. Jared - 07/20/2006 8:52 am CDT

Dude, it's so un-dude to pick your own nickname.

A fisking:

It’s always better when someone else dubs you naturally. But it’s not going to happen.

It did happen. It was Shrode. No givesies backseys.

let the chips fall where they may.

The deThinklingization proceedings start shortly . . .

2. Thump - 07/20/2006 8:57 am CDT

No, dude. I picked Shrode. We were emailing back and forth about it, and I asked about a nickname and got no responses. Not wanting to make any self-personality judgements, I said, "gee, i dunno, how about shrode?" And there being no other ideas, there it was. I think I picked Asbell, and The Great Panduke too.

Hey Jewel, do you have those emails archived somewhere? :) Me and Hub have a little dispute we need settled. ;)

3. Jared - 07/20/2006 8:59 am CDT

Seriously, though, a nickname should be whatever people just start calling you. Unless it's crude or something, the nicknamed doesn't really get a say. Bird didn't ask me if I was cool with him calling me Rod. (I mean, it was, but once he started and Blo joined in, I became "Rod.") For better or worse, I think you are Shrode.

But if you really want another nickname, how about Waffles?

4. Jared - 07/20/2006 9:01 am CDT

Me and Hub have a little dispute we need settled

We could always just take to the wrestling mat, Wafflesplat.

5. Milly - 07/20/2006 9:02 am CDT

I like Toad instead of Shrode. Let's call you that!

Shrode: Toad ;-)

6. Thump - 07/20/2006 9:03 am CDT

Hey, Hub, you started a sentence "seriously".

Just so we're clear. I'm not being serious. Not at all. I'm just messing around.

Seriously, I hate "Shrode".

Not seriously, I don't actually care one way or the other.

Wait...or is it "Not seriously, I hate Shrode", and "seriously, I don't actually care".

I'm so confused...

Maybe Waffles is a good idea. :)

7. David Marcoe - 07/20/2006 9:10 am CDT

Well, looks like Shrode has gone off the deep end. Hey, try putting up with "Davey Crocket" one half of your childhood and "Marco(e) Polo" the other half. And if you try either, this server is going down...

8. Thump - 07/20/2006 9:39 am CDT

David, I'm sorry bro.

I still have memories of a boy on the play ground "pouring" something on my head, saying Hey "Phil me up" ha, ha, ha.

And then there was the guy who loved to rhyme my name. He would say things like "take a chill pill on a hill, Phil" when he saw me.

Hey everyone, check out this post again. I've updated it with a nickname I'd forgotten about... words that have "phil" in them.

Hey, Hub, how about if you give me one of those? :)

9. Quaid - 07/20/2006 9:56 am CDT

I answer your ending sentiment:
"let the chips fall where they may"

with an earlier sentiment:
" I soon learned that nicknames you pick for yourself just don’t last…

10. Alan - 07/20/2006 9:57 am CDT

Thump is too close to Thumper. You know-- from Bambi.

I didn't think it was possible to select a more uncool nickname than Shrode.

But you never cease to amaze me.

11. De - 07/20/2006 10:11 am CDT

"No, dude. I picked Shrode. We were emailing back and forth about it, and I asked about a nickname and got no responses. Not wanting to make any self-personality judgements, I said, “gee, i dunno, how about shrode?” And there being no other ideas, there it was. I think I picked Asbell, and The Great Panduke too."

I don't know if I have them still. I might.

But - I can tell you this: I picked Shrode.

I'm almost positive I named Kenny "The Great Panduke" as well.

But no one will believe me. . .

12. De - 07/20/2006 10:12 am CDT

Regardless of that (or should I say "irregardless", just to irritate people? :-)

I like Thump. Thump I shall call you.

And if you are de-Thinklinged, we will call you "Thump-De" as in "Humpty Thump-De sat on a blog"

13. Thump - 07/20/2006 10:20 am CDT

“Humpty Thump-De sat on a blog”

LAUGHing Out Loud! That's hilarious, Jewel. You rock.

14. Thump - 07/20/2006 10:26 am CDT

I had to look up the word "fisking" It's not in the dictionary. I had to find it on wikipedia. You are so much more blog-savvy than I.


The term Fisking, or to Fisk, is a blogosphere term describing ruthlessly detailed point-by-point criticism that highlights errors, disputes the analysis of presented facts, or highlights other problems in a statement, article, or essay.

The Jargon File defines the term as:

"A point-by-point refutation of a blog entry or (especially) news story. A really stylish fisking is witty, logical, sarcastic and ruthlessly factual; flaming or handwaving is considered poor form. Named after Robert Fisk, a British journalist who was a frequent (and deserving) early target of such treatment." [1]

Fisking was coined by detractors of British journalist Robert Fisk in 2001. [1] It gained its current meaning following a trenchant three-paragraph attack by Andrew Sullivan in response to an article written by Fisk in December 2001, even though the attack did not technically refute all the arguments presented by Fisk [2]. The term is thought to have first appeared with its current meaning on either Instapundit or Sullivan's weblog.

Thanks, Hub. I learned something. Who knew your term was related to a gay conservative pundit taking a leftist british journalist to task?

"Not I", says Thump.

15. Brian in Fresno - 07/20/2006 10:30 am CDT

Great one, De! Really great! Thanks for the laugh.

16. Jared - 07/20/2006 10:53 am CDT

Gotta deal for you, Nickname. You don't call me Hub, and I won't call you Thump. It's win-win.

17. Lauren - 07/20/2006 10:54 am CDT

that's philarious!

haha, get it? philarious hilarious...yea? no?

18. Thump - 07/20/2006 11:05 am CDT

Hey Lauren,
I like that. I really do!

What do you think, Hub?

19. Alan - 07/20/2006 11:22 am CDT

Shrode-- the Hub thing-- totally not working.

I hate to say it, but some guys have the nickname mojo and some don't.

And if you're testing your mojo-- best to stick with trying to re-nickname one person at a time.

20. Thump - 07/20/2006 11:29 am CDT


Sometimes you call people nicknames and others pick up on it, and it sticks.

Other times you are the only one who calls that person a particular nickname. And you know you are the only one who will ever call that person a particular nickname. Yet you do it anyway. Why?

option 1- affection
option 2- to give them a hard time

I'll let you decide which it is...

And hey, I'm calling Jewel Jewel til my dying day, even if no one else ever does again.

Are you listening, Hub? :)

21. Jared - 07/20/2006 11:38 am CDT

For those keeping score at home, I can't tell you how many emails between Shrode, De, Brian_in_Fresno, and myself this post hath wrought.
Needless to say, Shrode's new nickname -- assuming he gets one, the baby -- will not be chosen poll-like in a comment thread. The Thinkling illuminati are conferring offline.

But it's not looking good for Shrode.
Shrode the person, that is, not "Shrode" the nickname. (It's looking so-so for Shrode the nickname.)

Oh I could have gotten so many chores done this afternoon . . .

22. Brian in Fresno - 07/20/2006 12:23 pm CDT

By my count it is more than 37!

23. Kenny - 07/20/2006 1:56 pm CDT

I haven't got one stinkin' email. Am I not a member of the Illuminati? What a rip!

24. Matt Self - 07/20/2006 2:32 pm CDT

Am I mistaken, or did Jared to the proverbial belt-snap-before-the-impending-beating thing? I swear I heard a distinct leather-strip-on-leather strip pop.

25. Brian in Fresno - 07/20/2006 3:07 pm CDT

Matt, Yes, he did. The beating was pretty ugly but I've seen worse. Jared was judge and executioner, De was jury while I sat in the gallery. Plode, formerly known as Shrode, was on the witness stand. Sometimes the jury got out of hand a little but on the whole I'd say it was a good for justice.

26. Jared - 07/20/2006 3:58 pm CDT

Kenny, we thought you were on labor watch.

BiF, I thought you were going on vacation!

Matt, that must have been something else you heard. I practice grace-driven discipline. Shrode was hugged warmly until he stopped whining.

If that hadn't worked, I would have torn a switch out of yonder maple tree, not used my belt.

27. Brian in Fresno - 07/20/2006 3:58 pm CDT

Gah! The last line should read say it was a good day for justice.

28. Mike B. - 05/15/2007 10:13 am CDT

I found this article when I googled "James Breen III." I knew Trip back in high school. He was one of the coolest people I have ever known. He sold me his LP of "Love Gun" by Kiss for $5.00. One time, we were talking about how great it was to sleep through class and looked at me like some great old sage and said, "Bessler, sleep is like time travel to the future." I never forgot that. We also used to play games like "advisory hangman" in which one person would make up ridiculous phrases about people in our homeroom and then the other would play a game of hangman to try and figure out the phrase. Man, we got in a lot of trouble for that. Those were the days.

29. De - 05/15/2007 10:26 am CDT

Ah, memories . . .

My favorite Phil nickname (which I believe was conferred via email back in the day) was "Shrode the wet sprocket"

How about if we call you "sprocket"?

30. Shrode - 05/15/2007 2:16 pm CDT

Thanks for commenting here and contacting me. Just so everyone else knows (who might care) Mike and I exchanged emails and he sent me link to find our old friend Trip. I sent Trip an email so we'll see what happens....

Thanks again Mike!

And De, don't call me sprocket. (Reminds me of a classic Dr. Suess book) I liked "Shrode the Wet Sprocket" too btw. I thought it was clever and I liked the sound of it. But Sprocket by itself is too much like Splat!

Oh and Mike, that quote of Trip's "Sleep is like time travel to the future" is awesome! I think we should put it in our quote queue!

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