Quote of the Day: “For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.” –Ernest Hemingway
When I say that literally half-dozens of Travellinbaen readers have asked me about the meaning of the name “Travellinbaen” over the last year, it is no exaggeration. With the one year anniversary of the website being May 29, I thought I’d answer the question and link it to my introduction page. But before I get to that, I want to reveal a few of the names TB management rejected before settling on Travellinbaen:
- “The I Know So Much Good Stuff, And I’m Much Wiser Than Anyone Else Blog”–When you start a blog you are afraid people are going to think this is how you see yourself. So I thought, why not embrace it? Sometimes I even believe it myself. Don’t judge me–you think that way about yourself sometimes too. The truth is most of whatever store of wisdom I do have is the growing awareness with each passing year of how much about which I am ignorant.
- “Life the Universe and Everything”–It’s a really good phrase, but already taken. This is the unwritten theme of the blog even though my attorneys wouldn’t let me use it officially.
- “Pigeonhole Me–Go On, Try”–Sounded too close to sexual deviance and not enough like Clint Eastwood. And you can’t pigeonhole TB.
- “My Ongoing Application to The Daily Show or SNL or pretty much anybody who would ever consider paying me to write about stuff that interests me or other strange folk or whatever makes me or sometimes them laugh”–too long by a couple of words, but I couldn’t figure out what to omit
- “My Supreme Court Nomination Stops Right Here”–actually, the blog will probably prevent me from being hired to any future job, so this was too limiting.
Anyway, I settled on Travellinbaen, with two “L’s” and here’s why. I like to travel. My nickname Baen, was coined by Greeg while watching Luke Skywalker call for Ben Kenobi in Jedi I think back in the 80’s. Luke’s pronunciation differed significantly from the Goula-boy dialect and it was decided in committee the phonetic spelling of Luke’s version was B-A-schwa with two dots over it-N. My computer nickname for games on Sweet’s old Commodore was changed to B-A-E-N because no one knew then (still don’t) how to make a schwa on the computer. In addition to the obvious combination of my chief hobby interest and my old nickname, I liked the “travellin” part because my mind seldom sits still. I don’t mean to suggest it is often doing anything worthwhile, but it seldom rests. One might say it wanders, or travels a lot. If you have followed the blog for long you get what I’m talking about–I meander through subjects like sports, music, current events, politics, old stories and sappy poetic observations with no seeming logical segue. And, yes, when I travel I write about that too. As for the extra “L”, (a) I thought it looked better (b) I’m stickin it to the man.
Speaking of missing “g’s”, for anyone new to the TB universe, I leave them off on purpose and only sometimes. TB also likes to switch from the third person to the first, usually in the opening paragraph. Most other grammatical errors are due to ignorance.
I abhor authoritarianism, cliche and hypocrisy, but then again, there’s a time and a place for everything. And anyone who can’t accept that will be permanently blacklisted.
Blank stares, the acronym ARB (asshole runnin buddies) and the phrase “damn dubious” (courtesy of Alexis de Toadville) are terms of art and purposely overused. Finally, I like to give nicknames to the nicknames you choose to comment under. All of this cracks me up, though I have become aware that virtually no one else is as easily amused. So be it. Similarly the Quote of the Day is almost never remarked upon. However it is always chosen from either my pre-internet quote archives or a search on the subject I’m interested in and to TB it adds much to the points/jokes/observations appearing in the essays. Hopefully, you don’t skip over them.
Finally, I have had a fun time with the blog over the course of the last year and that is entirely because of people like you who are reading this right now. Well, 25% because of you if you read but never comment. I at least get to count your visit in the stats column. For everyone who participates, I say again thank you. I’ve got a lot of hopes and ideas for growing the Travellinbaen franchise in the future and I’ll be counting on you to help.
Bonus Quote of the Day: “You’re lucky they even read it in the first place.” –Rock Star Rambler to TB one afternoon when I was complaining that no one got one of my jokes