Skip to comments.What's in a Screenname: Why I chose 'Silly' as my handle [blatant late-night (but sober) vanity]
Posted on 11/12/2006 12:15:30 AM PST by Silly
Everybody asks me about my handle, "Silly."
Okay, no one asks me, but since I'm posting again on FR after about being absent since 2002, I thought I'd formally say hello to everyone again, and this was the best way I could think to do so.
Years and years ago, when I first began posting on the Internet, including FR, CNN, and other boards, I was a bit, well, let's say, unaware of the effect my strange sense of humor had on others. Of course I knew it was over the top and harmless, but I just couldn't understand why other people didn't have that figured out! I like non-sequiturs, absurdism, and Pythonesque humor, and, frankly, when I want to play rough, I can do that, too. It drove people crazy!
So let's just say that for the first few years I had to re-register on several sites and come up with different handles. (Mostly, I used my real name.)
One of my favorite pasttimes was posting anagrams. You know, like, "Senator Hillary = Another sly liar." Except I wouldn't bother telling people they were anagrams, or posting the first half. So the anagrams, like much of my humor, were mistaken as trolling, because they looked like non-sequiturs and really annoyed people! (My very first anagram won a prize at David Letterman's Website. It was, "Linda Tripp and Monica Lewinsky = A C.I.A. mink and wild, sloppy intern." I got a Late Night sponge for that effort.)
My on-line social life completely changed when I stumbled on the handle Silly. It was the perfect name for me. Now, everyone seemed to know where I was coming from, and knew to think twice before taking my comments seriously (though most of them were). Suddenly I could do no wrong!
I immediately began making dozens of friends. Suddenly, FR became a place primarily of friendship, then politics. As you know, you can argue more easily with people who trust and like you than those who don't understand you.
I was, however, eventually banned from FR again, if I remember correctly, due to my comments to a conspiracy nut who I loved to harass and ridicule. It may have been another reason -- I forget, and can't seem to reconstruct it from old freepmails.
THEN CAME THE "FREE SILLY" CAMPAIGN, which I will never forget. Everyone at the WFTD thread started lobbying to get me unbanned. Photoshop images with the words, "Free Silly!" started showing up everywhere on FR, to the confusion of most FReepers. I think my favorite one was a picture of Jim Rob in a blue T-shirt with the words FREE SILLY, which really got a lot of mileage in the laugh department. Everyone, everywhere on FR was asking, "Who's Silly?"
Someone even registered a new account with the screenname, "Free Silly, You Bastards!" which I think is still around, and makes me laugh out loud whenever I think of it. In those days, we were all laughing so hard milk was coming out of our noses while we ate breakfast and posted on the WFTD thread first thing each morning. (Remember pictures of summer camp?)
Well, last summer, I wrote to John Rob, and politely asked if I could have my old handle back. I was so amazed when he unbanned me! It was like I was alive again, and all the old memories came flooding back.
Except for a few posts last summer, I didn't get really involved again on FR until recently. Now I've been having a lot of fun. I've changed a lot since 2002, for the better, and ironically my behavior is not as silly as it once was. But I sure am glad I found that handle!
Anyway, I just wanted to formally say hi again to everyone. I love you all, wish you all God's richest blessings, and look forward to some in-person activities and lively posting here at FR.
To everyone at WFTD: If any of you are up this late, I'd love to hear from you.
Okay. I can buy this vanity.
Good to see you around again, Silly!
Well, I for one have thoroughly enjoyed your early morning post!
Thanks, everyone. Glad to see someone else is up this time of night!
New York Police Department analyst Madeleine Gruen is way sillier than you.
I remember silly you!
Still being...silly. ;o)
Hmmm - I got pinged so I guess I'm on the WFTD pinglist. But what do the initials stand for? If I may be so bold as to ask.
Well that's just silly.
Word For The Day...
I get that a lot!
Now free A+Bert
And don't forget to free Sabertooth!
from an old Smoker's Lounge thread
wow, being fairly new here this was something special to read! :) welcome back Silly! from a ferri that is asked on different sites..."are you a guy?" LOL (answer: oh! I'll ask my husband!!"
What a cool thing to say. I'm glad it touched you, and thanks for letting me know.
well i have to say i have found some wonderful people here on FR. :) i just love some of them to death even though i have never 'met' them. ;) you sound like my kind of person! (i hope you are on pookie18's toon ping list!!!)
Silly, I'm glad you're back. I always enjoyed your humor. Now...stay out of trouble!
BellyJean is not my lover. She's just a girl who says that i am the one.
But the kid is not my son.
No, Silly, he's my son :)
I'm always up this late. It's early afternoon. ;-)
the summer camp pix were some of the most hilarious things we ever did. those were great days and i am glad you are back : )
Be safe! Great to hear from you!
Where's the free silly? I WANT MY FREE SILLY!!!
FSYB!: Argh, you dopey ugly fat slob, shouldn't you be skulking around Busty Redheads R Us instead of annoying good people during their election mourning?
Argh: Who you calling dopey, dopey?
FSYB!: You, you submoronic dunce.
Argh: Pretty big talk for a Miami fan.
FSYB!: Who you calling a Miami fan, you mouth-breathing troglodite??
Argh: Oh, yeah? Well at least I can spell "troglodyte", you insipid twerp...
OK, OK, I'm leaving...
That's tellin' 'em!
Just what the %#$& is this "FREE SILLY" bull$#!&?
uglybiker aka Poopsie Gigglebrains
238 Posted on 08/30/2001 16:25:18 PDT by uglybiker
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Do you ever sleep?
I thought you liked boats. ;-)
Great! No I gotta remember just what the %#$& this Poopsie Gigglebrains
If you add Dennis Miller "cerebral" humor, then I feel between you and pissant, this is gonna be good.
Welcome back .
I think it was a Captain Underpants thing...
Hang onto your butts!
Okay, this is worth it, I guess.
Free Silly! You magnificent bastard!
Courtesy of the Minister...
Okay, my original screenname was will1776, after my first name and, of course, the year of the country's independence. After user MeekNMing (or something like that) changed his screenname to MeekOneGOP (or something like that), I started thinking about it and decided to change mine, too. If you don't know the inspiration for this screenname, you need to get out more.:)
(I'd really hate to pay for it...)
-- Cindy Sheehan
Nice to hear from you, pal!
And I was on that for a while. Duh.
I seem to recall it was some silly reason.
Hey, you are a WFTD legend! I've heard of you. ;^)
Good to see you back!
Lordy, lordy, You really MUST be the original Silly.
If you can remember that far back on the Smokers' Lounge threads you remember the Muck-a-Luk drinks too.
Welcome back, Silly.