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Identity crisis

My CMU accounts are getting deactivated this week. No more qatar.cmu.edu email address! No more OED access! Alas.

A former student pointed out on Twitter yesterday that I'm still using the username qatarperegrine everywhere. I guess it's time to come up with a new username?

I was rather fond of qatarperegrine. Peregrine means a wanderer; it comes from a Latin word meaning a foreigner traveling abroad; it's also the root of pilgrim, and thus has overtones of traveling in pursuit of religious understanding. All three of these meanings seemed to suit my frame of mind when I moved to Qatar. It's also thematically linked to the other two usernames I've used in my life: Sparrowhawk, as they're both names of falcons, and Luthien, as they're both Tolkien characters.

It may be that I overthink usernames a little.

At any rate, I haven't quite decided on a new one, so for now I'm still qatarperegrine. Friends have suggested something Pittsburgh-related -- but being in Pittsburgh is certainly less notable than being in Qatar -- or something baby-related -- but I suspect enough of my identity will be subsumed by parenthood in the near future as it is.

As for this journal, I think that instead of changing the username, I will probably just stop using it sometime soon, so that it retains its identity as a blog about my six years in Qatar. If I do keep blogging, I'll let you know where I move on to.


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Jun. 20th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
You aren't going to be mum2peregrinechick? Or nestingperegrine? :D
Jun. 20th, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
Heehee, I like nestingperegrine. :-)
Jun. 22nd, 2010 10:51 am (UTC)
Yah start a new blog. I heard WordPress is a good host.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
please continue to blog! I thoroughly enjoy reading what you reflect upon and choose to share.
Jun. 25th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
Thanks Marjorie. We'll miss your commentary on Qatar affairs, always interesting and always informed.
Cheers and best wishes, from one of your anonymous admirers in the blogosphere.
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