Let me begin by acknowledging the fact that this is called wonderllama and so is my photobucket account.
Some of them were my student id, others my name, but some required another name.
Being the skinny 17 year old dork that I was (as opposed to the slightly less skinny 40 year old dork that I am now), I thought for ages as to what user name was going to be suitable for me and the image I projected. Star Wars was out, it was before the resurgence of 1994 and I struggled.
Then I saw that the University had a Monty Python Appreciation Society, amusingly called FOUL - Friends of Unnatural Llamas.
Llamas....that was it. I was both a Monty Python fan AND an animal lover.
Even the year before I'd referenced llamas in one of my English projects for VCE, it all made sense.
llama - taken.
I thought about a specific llama...what was that one from Holy Grail......Ralph the Wonder Llama.
Yes, that's it!
wonderllama - Available
And so began my 22 year obsession with all things llama.
Hotmail, bank accounts, this list went on, right up until Facebook came along.
Hmmm....people might find me here if I use my REAL name, so Wonder Llama it was.
I don't want to revisit people from my past.
The ones I do wish to speak to are the ones I still speak to, so being a llama on the world's most popular social media site made perfect sense to me.
But recently I turned 40.
People sang happy birthday to me as llama, not Michael.
Others post photos of llamas on my page and say "look it's you".
There are any number of ways people seem to be referencing llamas and connecting me to them.
I get why they are doing it, but I recently started to feel that I am seen as a bit of a joke.
Sure, I'm a funny guy and I get that, I like to make people laugh and have fun. I'm also the first person to take the piss out of myself and have no problem with others doing it because I know they mean well and it's a way of expressing their comfort or familiarity with me.
I really do get all that.
But nobody from my past is trying to contact me.
The friends I have, some of them seem to only KNOW me as wonderllama.
On anonymous places such as twitter I get it, I don't want my real name retweeted around the place.
And as for real life and facebook where I see and talk to my actual friends?
On the radio yesterday they were discussing the use of 'mate' and how people call everyone mate, as opposed to their ACTUAL mates.
I'm Michael, not llama.