Who ARE you?

So every once in a while, I get asked, “Why is your nick Ranger Rick anyways? Isn’t that a kid’s magazine? What kind of 27-year-old loser are you? Sheesh, get a life.” Well, maybe not quite that bad (and some of those sentences weren’t even questions!), but you get the point. Anyways, I usually answer “It’s a long story.” It’s, I guess, kind of a long story, well maybe sort of a mid-length story. But I assure you, it will seem long by the time I’m done telling it. Really.
So back in junior high, I really started getting into computers when I saw my friend dial up a BBS. I thought that was the coolest thing ever, you could call other people’s computers with yours, and talk to them! So I got a modem (1200 baud!), and I started calling the local BBSes. One of them was run by a guy who was generally known as “Quarex”, but had a habit of switching nicks just for the heck of it.
After a while, I became a regular and eventually became a sysop on his system. I had a lot of fun with having the ability to actually change things on the system, and one of the first things I did was started routinely changing my nick to something random, in a sort of contest with Quarex to see who could come up with the goofiest handle.
As with all things like that, eventually it wound down, and “Ranger Rick” is the handle I happened to stop on. I’ve pretty much been Ranger Rick ever since. After a while, I tried to switch, but I’ve been Ranger Rick so long it just seems weird now, so I guess I’m stuck with it.
So there you go. Great story eh?
I know what you’re thinking.
Get to work, you slacker!

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4 comments to Who ARE you?

  • Whoooooo, are you?
    Who, who? Who, who?
    Oh, tell me who are YOU?
    Whoooooo, are you?
    Who, Who? Who, who…
    I really WANT TO KNOW…

  • At least your BBS name wasn’t as gay as mine. Do you remember what mine was? “CyberDave” Yeah.

  • Holy shit-ass, this is what I get for typing my name into Google for the first time in a year! All right! I finally know where to find you again, Ben, you dirty scoundrel! Huzzah! More exclamation points are needed! Now!
    And CYBERDAVE, too?! WOW!

  • Quarex, I can’t e-mail you because your ISP is stupid. =)
    Your ISP apparently blocks anything that shows up in SPEWS. And, well, everything shows up in SPEWS because they died a few weeks ago and left with a wildard set up in their blackhole list to say everything on the internet is an open mail relay. =)