Thursday, April 29, 2010

Why Jiggs?

I thought I would take a minute to take about my screen name. I have often been asked where it  comes from, and why I chose it. Many in the online Phish community choose a username that reflects thier favorite song, band member, or year they may have joined a message board. My username goes back to before I was able to speak.

Before I was born, my grandfather used to read a comic strip called Bringing Up Father. The central character's name was Jiggs. In his humor, he thought somehow I resembled this character, and the name stuck. During some more formative years, this moniker was not exactly the most welcome designation one could have. When they used it on me...I reject it, you could say.

Fast forward to 1997 when I first began exploring the Phish online community; The name was the first thing that popped in my head. It seemed the right time to take it back for myself. I was on Andy Gadiel's board, and the various chat's that followed it as Jiggs. Since then I have always used that name to refer to myself in this little world.

The name has now taken on a new life as kind of a product line. This was unintentional, as the blog was just started as a place to peddle my wares. Jiggs Lot was chosen mostly because it rhymes with blogspot, but now I have heard it referred to to describe my shirts and stickers...the new Jiggs shirt, etc. I have taken an effort to step up my comments and links to provide some additional content to the blog.

Thanks to everyone who reads and grabs the shirts and stickers. I vow to continue making regular contributions to The Mockingbird Foundation.

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