Hi All, this is Mike aka *Triforce*. Have you ever wondered how other geocachers selected their handles? I have. Now some are just a person’s first name, initials, or other hobbies. But others leave you scratching your head. Where did he or she come up with that?
I will start with mine. *Triforce*…. where did that name come from you may ask? Well, the story is not that glamorous, but here it is. Back in 2006, a friend at work started geocaching and he started telling me about pieces of Tupperware that he was hiding in the woods (I had no idea what he was talking about). He then asked me to create an account so that I could see his cache pages. As I signed up, it asked me for a user name and email address. At the time, my spam email was my yahoo account, so I decided to use that for both (email@example.com). I logged in once and then forgot about it for years…
Seven years later (summer of 2013), my good buddy Joe (JSpeedy) met up with me for lunch and told me about this game called Geocaching and how he found a few just down the block. We decided to take a walk so that I could try for myself. With a little help, I found them both. When I went back to work, I decided to create an account (forgetting I had done so years back). I again used my yahoo account for this and it said that the email address was already in use! I then had it reset my password and my account was active! My handle at that time? Tinobaseball24.
At first, I didn’t bother to think hard for a new handle, as I wasn’t sure I would be staying with this hobby. But after going out a few times, I was hooked. At that point, I decided to change my name. I originally wanted to use “triforce” (for my love of the game Legend of Zelda), but unfortunately it was taken. So I decided to merge by old and new names, and that is where “TriforceTino” came from.
Last fall, I started to think about my cache handle again. It seemed when people met me, there would be confusion that my name was Tino, and I would have to go into how Tino came into being. So I decided to just shorten it to “*triforce*”. And the rest, as they say, is history!
Well, there you have it. Do you have an interesting story on how you selected your geo-handle and wish to share it with the group? Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will post it here!
Mike aka tinobaseball24, TriforceTino, *triforce*