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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 08-06-2017, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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Wonder what stories you guys have about your nicknames.

About mine, "Llama", hmm! LOL.

It came about in Afghanistan during an operational tour there. We were in Helmand Province and during one of the "hot" periods of activity. Every morning we had a pretty serious op brief - maybe I should mention that we were a huge camp, 19,000 "inhabitants" and co-joined was a USMC base too.

Anyhow, as those of you who have been in such situations know, you kind of go through different periods of mental state depending not only on what's going on but also how much of the tour is complete and how much still to go. We hit a period 1/2 way through when I could sense that some were needing an injection of humour, so right at the end of each morning's briefing I started anonymously slipping in a final slide with "Lama's Thought For The Day" (notice, Lama with one "L", e.g. like a Tibetan Buddhist monk). Sometimes it was a genuine "morale-boosting" (hopefully!) message, sometimes just to relieve the stress at the end of a serious brief.

I was doing it anonymously every day for a couple of weeks, but it didn't take my Air Force comrade long to figure out it was me. So then, in typical military humour, started addressing me as Llama (2 x "L" - e.g. the S.American four legged creature, rather than 1 x "L" - the Tibetan monk), and the name stuck with those around me during that tour, and followed me with those who heard about it.

So Llama it is, and better than some names I have been called! LOL
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post #2 of 40 (permalink) Old 08-06-2017, 07:47 PM
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Mine has no cool story.

I have Victory Visions and have two Olde English Bulldogs. Sharing some of their attributes I identify with them. Maybe like a spirit animal.

So we get Vic Vision Bulldog or VVB for short.


When I was a jailer before being an officer the inmates called me Robocop because of my no nonsense by the book style.
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The Ammo part is from 20+ years working with ammunition and explosives.
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How the Lame Name came to be:

Rewind 15 years ago when I started computer gaming. I needed a character name.
First 2 characters of my first name: BR
First 2 characters of my last name: OG

First character's name was BROG

Started playing "Everquest" and they already had an NPC (non-player character) named Brog so I started going by BROGG

Enter and leave a few games here and there, until I started playing Lord of the Rings Online and my character was a dwarven healer. I wanted something that looked "Dwarvish" so I chose BROGGYR

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I think that's pretty cool VicVisionBulldog. (Never had a bulldog - we had spaniels when I was growing up, but if/when we eventually relocate back to the west I would love a Boxer.)
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Cool ammo_umb! So maybe you would appreciate the cross we had made for our memorial in Afghanistan, made out of empty shell casings. In fact the family of all of our guys who lost their lives were given one too, if they wanted it.
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My screen name is boring, it's my numberplate of the jackpot.... The CCT is exactly the same Exept the last letter....

Andre using TaPaTaLk
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Mine don't need any explanation
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So no shit, there I was...balls deep in RC East Afghanistan (FOB Shank, OEFX) and my squad leader at the time liked to do funny voices and call you by weird variations of your name. So one day during his rantings the name Skinman came rolling out. It fit perfectly...rhymes with my last name, goes along with the fact that it was so hot at the time that when we weren't on mission I was in the least amount of clothing "legally" allowed, accentuated the fact that I like to view "movies" with lots of skin, and also fortified all the talk of the new ink I was going to get upon return to the US.

Flash forward to present day and it is still my nickname used on all of my online accounts, my CVMA road name, SkInM4N is my xbox gamertag, and 90% of the time it is the name by which I am called IRL on the civilian side as well as National Guard side (I was active duty Army at the time when the Skinman was born.)

It's funny how things just stick sometimes.

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Nice one SkInM4N!
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