Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
I add my story simply because I chose a screen name that has meaning for me but which comes across as about as dreary an identity as can be. Actually, the lack-luster was intentional, as I was curious to see how long I could go without revealing my sex, for one, and, for another, razzle-dazzle identities can be liablities.

My surname has a confused history / origin. Some sources have claimed that it was a Hungarian count 'Living' who left Magyar-land to settle in some god-forsaken village in Scotland, in the 12th-something century. Somehow, I've never found that very convincing. I suspect Hungarian counts of the time were smarter than that : )

Not long ago, I found a much more plausible story, beginning with 'Loefing', "son of Leaf", which eventually became 'Lyfing'. From there, 'tonn', or farm, was added, to identify the Lyfing's farm = Lyfingstonn. The spelling has changed, over time, but, all things said, I'm happier with the idea of being the offspring of farmers than of counts. So, Loefing I became.

As for online / offline persona aspect, working freelance I find myself with little spare time to create an online personality, limiting my contributions  to occasional [hopefully substantive] ideas or images.

Meanwhile, it's time to celebrate, again.

Very good new year to all. Happy celebrations!

by Loefing on Mon Dec 31st, 2007 at 01:32:05 PM EST

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