I've had my "user name" for quite a while (much longer than since I've been with GB)
My son, Jason gave it to me. September 13,1999 to be exact. A few of you know the story of my name...but for those of you who don't.
My youngest boy, Jason, had been known to many of his friends while in highschool as "Inferno". Whether it was for the fiery light deep within his beautiful dark eyes or for his "vulcan-like" passion and temperment which he possesed for those things he loved most deeply: family, friends and country. So, this was his nickname in the real and virtual worlds.
On September 13,1999 (4 days before I would leave my beloved New York and head for Texas with my Braveheart (sigh!)), my beautiful and loving boy left for the Navy and the start of what was to be the greatest "adventure" of his life. Before he walked out of our home, he bid a heartfelt goodbye to his stepfather and then turned to me. He drew me into his strong arms and hugged me as though he would break me in two.
"I love you, Mom. Take care of you."
With the tears of a mother's love, I reached up and kissed him on the cheek.
"Take care of you" I replied.
(A phrase that was something Jason I always said to each other.)
As I gazed up into his beautifully seraphim like face, all at once those eyes caught me. How could someone so positively angelic looking have such fire in his eyes?
"Jason," I laughed through my tears, "Your nickname "Inferno" surely suits you!"
He replied with a wink,"Don't you know where I got that from, Mom? It's from you...my friends have always told me that I have your eyes
, not to mention your temper! So while I'm away I want you to take my name "Inferno" and use it...It's yours now."
So, when I moved to Texas I started to use the name "Infernoj13usa"
- Inferno = for fire in his eyes
- j = for Jason
- 13 = a magical number of protection for him
- usa = to remember his passion for the country that he holds so dear.
...and that's the rest of the story.