sometimes I google myself.
I know, I know, nobody wants to admit it, but we all do it.
So the other day, while I was in mid-google, I came across the following homework assignment for first year Spanish students.
Now I am not so vain, or stupid, as to think the assignment was to write about me, but it did get me started asking myself that very question:
What does El Chupacabra Mean to Me?
First off, lets define El Chupacabra. He is a follower of Christ, a father, a husband. He works as a missionary in Costa Rica. He was a cop, a mover and made pizzas for a time. He married young, and by sheer luck picked a great spouse, or maybe she picked him. He is strikingly handsome, and incredibly intelligent, not to mention humble, but what does El Chupacabra mean to me, really?
Obviously El Chupacabra is my Nom de Plume and in the beginning, was mostly an effort to protect the identity of TheVWM, but it also protects me.
As discussed in a previous post, I am a giant that has been called Yeti, Big Foot, Sasquatch. If there exists, or has ever existed, a large furry animal, real or imagined, I have been given its name. Generally it doesn't bother me, but over the years I have found the best defense to be a good offense. I mean, it really takes the wind out of one's sails to fire off an "insult" when they realize I already know I am Shrekish.
I am reluctant to share this video because it uses the "F" word 17 times in less than 2 minutes (I know because I counted), but it demonstrates the principal better than I ever could, so...if you want to see it, and don't say I didn't warn you, check out Eminem putting this into practice:
Now, have you ever wanted to be unique, maybe feel important? I do, hence the self googling. Usually that desire for individuality is, at least in some part, fulfilled with a name. We all know who Barack Obama is because he is our president, but he is also quite unique. Have you EVER met anyone called Barack Obama? Maybe, but I doubt it.
What about George Bush?
Which one am I talking about? George W or George H W, 41 or 43? Its just not clear, we need a little extra information to discern. I think if you look back on the presidency of 43, you will see that he was striving to make his own name, to distance himself from his old man, but now lets get back to me.
Its hard to feel "special" in the digital world when you share a name with someone more famous. Just google Steve Wright and find out. You aren't directed to me or this blog, but rather to the very dry and very funny comedian Steven Wright.
I guess, to answer the question, El Chupacabra has become my identity, who I am. It has become a way to share what I am doing, what I am thinking, and what I am feeling. So, just as I have felt the need to distinguish myself from all those with whom I share a name, I felt it was time to reflect my uniqueness here on my blog which you will now find at: