I've always been a DIYer, house, car, whatever needs fixing. Three years ago I became a first time father at the ripe old age of 47.
While shopping for baby clothes one day, we saw a T-shirt that said "Dad-O-Matic, Just add tools" and it just seemed to fit, literally and figuratively.
Edit: My beautiful daughter's picture is my profile pic.
It came from three separate paths, and all were good, so they stuck.
At college (1969-73) I was in the lighting and film projection crew
(before computers, geeks were always running the AV equipment. I was
licensed in Massachusetts by the Public Safety Commission to run
carbon arc movie projectors.). Worked on lights and sound for Harry Chapin on his
first college tour, J. Geils Band, Aerosmith, and a few others.
Much later, I was the volunteer sound engineer and roadie, for the
world's only Moody Blues cover band, called Odyssey, from Portland,
Oregon. Only together for three years (1996-8), Odyssey had a few
dozen gigs around the northwest, and opened for the Kingsmen once. But
half the band had day jobs, so it was only a few nights a month and
local weekend gigs that everybody could play.
Separately, in my day job, when we were a startup with no money in
1984, we needed three systems to get to a trade show in Washington DC
from Boston in 18 hours, and no air freight connection was affordable
or even available. So I rented a Ryder truck and drove all night to
get them there, after engineering made them work at 9PM, saving the
show and our early reputation.
Now I run customer support for a small semiconductor test system
company, started by some friends I've worked with over the last 38 years,
and I fly about 100-120K miles a year (over 3.7 million miles in 35 years),
so I'm still the Roadie.
roadie.com and roadie.net were taken, so I own the vanity domain roadie.org.
Well, Blazernut was too many letters to type all the time and after Hatchet started calling me Blazerbut (And he had never even seen it!) I thought I would keep it simple when I made the move to a fresh start.
B (for Bill) and Lade to profess my love affair with my Escalade = Blade
(@ Rodie - I grew up with the Moody Blues music. I still have the vinyl stored away to each and every album. Even Moody Blues #1 which was not the later truly defined group but had to buy it anyway)
I tend to be a bit nocturnal. Not a morning person unless there's a hike involved. When friends picked up on that and my mild fascination with the moon, I earned the nickname "Coyote". That's fine until it gets associated with smuggling illegals or you try to be the 8925th person to use it online. Living in Southern Arizona among all the sahuaro cactus, I like the association with good ol' Wile E. Coyote from Looney Tunes. For online stuff, I went phonetically to drop the middle initial (and avoid possible infringement lawsuits) and it became Wyle Coyote.
My girlfriend often goes by "RoadRunner", but she hasn't mastered the "beep beep" sound yet. View attachment 17536
(handheld with a $100 Fuji point-and-shoot & 1/640 sec shutter)
Man, every time I see a thread like this I'm not sure how to respond, cause frankly I've had this username for so long that I'm not sure where it came from. This username dates back to the IRC days. I tried to use Kage, but it was already taken so I added the _ to it.
Welll I was a big fan of the x files and we race Radio control cars and the vehicle of choice when i started was the team Losi XX sooo it just became xxfile.
only problem is it sometimes hits corporate filters and get stopped like it was XXX rated lol...
so i had to get it out of my old email address...
ST:Voyager s2e2... I was 14 when it originally aired (Sept 4, 1995). Mistook the name Karden as Kardain (hey, the internets wasn't what it is now back then.... Scripts were hard to track down), but have been using it since Sept 5, 1995... Wasn't until several years later that I discovered the misspelling.
Budmiester - My first name is Buddy, and usually go by Budman, but that handle is usually always taken. Added the "Meister" part, just because it works. It is intentionally misspelled. I suck at spelling and the whole I before E stuff was always lost on me. I use it on any of the forums I subscribe to, which is one Harley, and three Envoy/Trailblazer. Which is now really just two.