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What's Behind the Name?
by Valarie Sullivan
09/20/08
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My user name is usually ‘Fluffy’. But when I tried to register on the last discussion forum, the system told me that it was already taken.

Too bad.

I had started using that name after I was a member of a different discussion forum. I generally float from one to another. This one was different. I complained to an on-line friend of mine that it was all fluff and no substance. But I couldn’t keep myself away!
Finally, one day, I wrote to her and said, “Just call me Fluffy, I keep going back!” The name stuck and I stayed for a long while. There is gold amidst all that fluff.

Alright, I’ll admit it. I enjoy the attention. There are many assumptions made about you just from your name. When you think of the name Fluffy what do you see in your mind? A longhaired lap-cat purring on your lap? A fur-ball of a dog spring jumping when you walk in the door? Or an air-headed blond that cannot keep a thought running in a straight line? You would be surprised at the different pre-conceived ideas people have come up with.

It is a fun thing to watch when the presumptions are peeled back and they see the truth.

Who am I, really?

I am a firefighter/paramedic. Firefighters are generally thought of as tough as nails and strong as steel. Stern. Focused. Male.
I must admit, it has taken a lot of work to maintain my femininity in the middle of all that testosterone. The name Fluffy helps a bit in that way.

Its kind of ironic, don’t you think?


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Leah Nichols  20 Sep 2008
Ah! True story here, eh? I don't think you're all fluff, though. You've got plenty of depth to you. :) Hmmm...as far as a comment on your piece, I'd say that 1) it could be longer, and 2) it would be even MORE ironic if you had some else as the MC getting to know you online, not realizing that they were working with you in real life! Anyway, that's my two cents....great writing, as usual. :)
Gerald Shuler  20 Sep 2008
I can feel the irony in your piece. "The toughest firefighter on the force? Why, Fluffy, of course." For critique, I agree having a different MC could have sharpened the irony a bit. It is still a good entry, though. Thanks for taking part in the challenge.




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