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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Story Behind My Avatar

I have had some people ask me if the little girl in my avatar is me. While I think she sort of looks like me when I was little, it's not me. But she has been in my life for over 13 years now and I really really like her. That's why she follows me all over the internets and has been my avatar for a long time. There are people out there who see her and know it's me whether on twitter or other sites I belong too.

She became part of my life when I worked at a museum in Miami. My good friend who I worked with brought in this stationery with this girl on the bottom of it. I immediately fell in love with her because she was so cute. My friend used the paper to make some invitations for an event. I can't remember what it was now but we used to do non-stop events there. My friend, Cuqui (pronounced Cookie), said the little girl also reminded her of her when she was little as well. I think we liked her because she encapsulated how we were feeling most of the time. We wanted to run screaming out of our office, a lot. So one day we were working and I decided to cut out the little girl and mount her on some cardboard and put her on top of my computer. So every time that I felt like screaming, I would grab her and peek out from around my cubicle and wave her at Cuqui. That would crack us up to no end. She sort of became our mascot. That is until I bought this weird stuffed dead cat at the House of Blues in Orlando and he took over the office.

While we loved the little girl, the demented cat became our new mascot because when one of us (there were four of us sharing a space) was a real bitch, we would place the cat on the desk of the offender. If someone was catty, they would find the demented cat on the desk. When I left that job, I left the cat. I wonder what happened to him because that was years ago! But again, I digress.

So the little girl was also our salvation because when things really got frustrating (that was often) or crazy (just as often) she would always be there expressing the feeling we were feeling.

So when I got on the internets (and yes with an s because I like mocking the former president) and I realized I needed an avatar, she came to mind. Luckily, I had the cardboard girl and was able to scan her and get her to represent me. As time went by, someone made her jump and she got the nickname "the jumpy girl." But as time went by the image was getting demented. Luckily, I found this present image on another website and I hijacked it to have a clearer image.

I love her because one never knows if she is excited and jumping for joy or if she is just over it and screaming into the abyss. Most of the time, it's the abyss part. So there you have it. I can't ever get rid of her. She is part of me now. And I have to thank Cuqui for her.

14 comments:

  1. I am SO glad to know where you came from little jumpy girl!

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  2. that is SO adorable. i love that little girl, too.

    is there any information on who the little girl actually is?

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  3. No. She is one of those random images found in the aisles of Office Depot among all the other paper products. I don't even have a name for her except the jumpy girl.

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  4. thanks for the explanation! Enquiring minds (like mine) like to learn fun tidbits like this :-)
    carma

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  5. great story! I love the part about when you felt like screaming, you held her out around the desk... and the cat story is great, too.

    I live on Miami Beach, by the way... :)

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  6. I loved reading the story behind little avatar girl!

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  7. Do not ever change the jumpy girl again, I almost went into fits the day you changed her and I couldn't find you on twitter then.

    I do not like change.

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  8. I thought she was a younger you before I read the post! I think I need one similar to yours because lately I've been feeling like screaming (ok ok its not that bad LOL)!
    And on a side note thanks for popping and leaving me some love!

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  9. Great story! I have been wondering about her origin from seeing you on twitter all the time too.

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  10. That is a great story! If that picture did not get me the comment about the internets surely did ;-)

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  11. gracias for sharing!you know I love her....and yes: she reminds me off me too!I can totally relate in my childfull aargh!! moments in life! as well as my wootest!! girlish moments in life!

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  12. I always think that she is saying "WOO WHOO" I just won a giveaway on someone's blog or look at the awesome deal I found!

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