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Posted on 2007.04.16 at 22:00


leonardii at 2007-04-20 14:36 (UTC) (Link)
The name's LeonardII, or if you want to be completely formal - you may call me LordLeonardII.

But I do appreciate the greeting.

Pleased to make your acquittance.

The name comes from my middle name - which you guessed correctly, the II is from my name being Jesse L. Miller, II - I was named after my grandfather who had the same name so he was Jesse L. Miller I (or I think they just say Jesse L. Miller).

Anyway, I used my middle name, along with my suffix to create my moniker. The Lord comes from gameing status. Because when I kick ass on the battle field - I make the losers bow down and swear fealty. Of course, they may be seeking cecret revenge, but either way - I get my title. :)

I'm also in the process of acquiring/procuring some land in England that comes with a Peerage title upon ownership. Which would indeed make me "Lord Miller" and my wife "Lady Miller." So there you have it.
snapper521 at 2007-04-22 03:47 (UTC) (Link)
*laugh* Lord and Lady Miller? Kool. :-D

Like with Goot I may think up a nick-name for you to annoy you with, but for the most part you'll probably get dubbed "Lord L" or something goofy like that. :-)

Long as it's all decently respectful I don't give a crap what you call me. :-) *shrug*
leonardii at 2007-04-23 16:32 (UTC) (Link)
I don't know what the "521" represents in your moniker. A birthday perhaps - May 21? I could guess some more, but I have to run off for an appointment.

However - I will say that with your sharp tongue - "snapper" fits you quite well indeed.

Keep it. It's definitely you. ;)
snapper521 at 2007-04-24 03:58 (UTC) (Link)



Yes, my mother dubbed me her snapping turtle or a snap dragon quite awhile ago. So I changed it just a little and called it Snapper. My birthday is indeed May 21st. :-) I really am not complicated... you just have to know how to read me.

Eric keeps dropping hints of the nickname being a bad one down in Texas, but what he means exactly he will never say. So until he does I shall not worry about it. :-)

My apologies for getting my sharp tongue right off the bat. Though oddly enough -- *thinking face* -- it doesn't seem to have "chased" you away from wanting to be friendly... This fact is encouraging, though I wonder WHY it hasn't chased you away...
ehowton at 2007-04-24 04:00 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Nick-names

He's a philanthropist.
snapper521 at 2007-04-24 04:21 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Nick-names

What does that mean??
leonardii at 2007-06-06 01:02 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Nick-names

I have too much armor to penetrate before you can get into my "soft underbelly."

If I could only explain the life I have lived - you wouldn't believe me if I told you.

All I can say is that it has been very rough indeed. From growing up extremely poor, due to an army injury in 1992 that left me with two ruptured disks in my back since I was 21 - which left me 100% disabled by army standards since 2003, to having nearly lost my home, going through bankruptcy... and generally just a hard life.

So - I will admit, in some aspects I am very naive. In others - I am the master as I have seen evils that would terrorize and paralyze others.

Otherwise - I keep my persona happy and outgoing, jolly, gregarious, charming, and full of self control. But remember - the persona is how I want the world to see me... it is not my "true" inner self. There is a big difference which I hide from the rest of the world.

But by all means - please be yourself... and I enjoy sharp wit and a sharp toungue. Both are amusing and keep me smiling. :)
snapper521 at 2007-06-07 16:55 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Nick-names

Sharp tongues and whits: *pleased smile* Good! I have yet another person to "beat up on"! :-D Like I told Goot, I enjoy having friends to banter with, who I know are mature enough to handle the repulsive remarks I throw at them. ;-)

Soft underbelly: Meh. Spoken like an experienced shadow game player.

I am similar to you in the fact that I don't show much of my "true" self on here very often, however there will be times.

And -- as a forewarning: You, as my friend, will have to be deserning enough to understand that there WILL be times, when I am an emotional wreck and therefore am not stable enough to handle whatever jab or critical point of view you have to offer. Tomas has become quite good at it I think, he hasn't slipped up and whacked me up side the head because of his insensitivity for quite some time.

Your unbelievable life: My mentor, has had an unbelievable life. So, truly, it wouldn't take much of a stretch of the imagination to believe you. Besides the simple fact that what purpose would you have to lie to me? Therefore I must believe that you would tell the truth since it would serve no known purpose to lie. :-)

I have never been to the doctor for my back injury, but I have had one since I was 12. It was due to lifting things, which were twice my weight, and doing a man's job because the man who was supposed to do it, was lazy and made me do it.

My parents came so close to filing bankruptcy that we were literally living on pennies a day for two years.

Both things were caused by the same man. Tom H.

So I can most certainly relate to those portions of your life.

I have never nearly been put out on the street, since our house is owned by my great-grandma and she certainly wasn't going to throw us out because of missing the rent for 3 yrs... :-P

I can understand the persona. :-) I've had to "play a part" before, to hide how it truly is. Even though they came that close to bankruptcy, no one knew it except for our closest friends, family and the two people who helped us out from church.

I am always myself, just not TOTALLY myself. If I don't keep a portion of myself in who I "come off to be", then I end up in a tangled web of lies. :-) You can imagine.
leonardii at 2007-06-08 03:34 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Nick-names

Persona is a tricky think. We expect that others are giving us their persona (and leaving out, or at least mostly hiding their true inner self), when in fact - they just might be showing more of their true side of their nature than we know!!

But therein lays the trap of when people write dialogs/posts/or whatever they say in their personal blogs which when they write their own words on their personal site, or when they retort or respond to others. Which part of what did they say was persona, and which part was their actual true self? It's not like anybody announce: OK, everybody pay attention now... this is my true self speaking. But, we must constantly read the persons responses - and if we can read between the lines well enough, then we can at least start to perceive part of that inner self that inadvertently always slips through the cracks in the dialog.

It sounds like you've been through some tough times - so you know the side of poverty, so at lest you know what the true feeling of what being truly poor feels like. I don't know who Tom H. is... but whoever he is or whatever he has done, he's certainly left an indelible mark upon you.

And no, very rarely and very seldom do I tell outright lies. I may leave out certain truths when I feel it's necessary, but I do not try nor do I want to just come right out and say false things about my life.

So - perhaps we will understand each other better than when we first realized.

snapper521 at 2007-06-08 22:49 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Tom H.

Thomas C. Howe is my dads cousin. He's about 20-22yrs older then me. And is the lowest, slimiest, lying prick of a male human I have ever had the misfortune of meeting/getting to know.

Back when I was 12/13 my parents went into business with him, thinking that they could pull him out of the gutter he has always resided in since they have had quite a bit of financial success.

(They own and opperate a trucking company, hauling canned milk for the Amish. The milk is taken from the amish farms to a factory where it's made into cheese. The cheese is then sold to the tourists and so forth.)

Anyway... back to my story now that you have a bit of background.

When he first came into my life, he was about 32, and discusting. My first impression, was "he is dangerous, don't trust him" this, was the child in me speaking. I was still enough of a child to listen to my instincts. And -- they were screaming red alert. For quite awhile, I listened to my instincts and stayed as far away from him as I could, but then I let my guard down because my mom took me by the ear and said "Look, he's gonna be around for awhile, get used to it, and be nice." So I did. I tried to be nice, and in doing so allowed my guard to get put down.

About this time, he got a girlfriend, and started to openly drink a lot more. His girlfriend had/has 3 children, one girl and two boys. Now, I believe that Cassie had those two abortions not because she was a slut and sleeping around at school, but because Tom raped her.

There was some issues with his drinking, a knife and myslace right around this time, which I will elaborate later if you wish, however this is just an overview of what happened in those 2 years.

While he was a full partner to my father in the business, he lived with us, and was "playing the part" pretending to clean up etc... he didn't clean up, was just pretending to. Along with being a full partner, mom and dad gave him full access to the bank accounts, his own credit card etc... he maxed everything out, drained those accounts and put my parents in the hole majorly.

He moved out if this house and into one with his girlfriend (eventual wife) after living here for about a year. Starr eventually divorced him, after beginning to realize that there were problems between him and her daughter.

In the meantime, my parents took back their things, like the trucks (plural) he bought, and the semi-truck he drove for the route. Along with the snowmobiles, the horse, the 4-wheeler and the other "toys" he bought. They sold everything except the semi-truck (since they needed that) and that helped a little bit, but they took a pretty good beating from the credit card company, and just the basic all around loss because of spending X amount of money on this toy, then only being able to sell it for about 1/4 what they paid. The horse was really the only thing he didn't "beat up on" and cause it to be difficult to get much money out of it. We got her for $200, sold her for $800. So that helped, but he beat her while he had her, so she was very very skittish, and hard to handle, along with the fact that she was a barrel... not a good horse, just fat, stubborn and mean.

Meh... I feel like I've talked for a long long time, but I know there is more I haven't covered...

Now... as you can imagine, them taking that much of a loss in all the "things" he bought... pushed them over the edge. For awhile they had some problems with their marriage, but finally they realized that if they didn't get them resolved... that we, the kids, would suffer all the more.

They got in touch with a credit card thing-a-ma-bob which helped them pay the cards off, got some help from family, friends, the bank, and did A LOT of praying.

Now... 7 yrs later... :-) we're doing alright again. Not wealthy, but not dirt poor anymore.
leonardii at 2007-06-09 15:19 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Nick-names

Yes, I agree. That is why I just tell the truth.

It's so very easy to build up and get tangled in a skein of lies... and so very difficult to find your way back through the labyrinth in which you've imrisoned yourself.

"The truth shall set you free..."

But like I've said in earlier posts - we don't always announce when we are revealing our true self or simply wearing the mask of our persona. Sometimes - it's a mixture of both. or just one - or the other. But who knows? Only you.

leonardii at 2007-06-05 21:26 (UTC) (Link)
I've never seen your countenance - so until then, nicknames will have to wait.

I need the view the whole person as well as read their posts to determine a good moniker that fits their persona.

Persona of course is nothing like the inner self - but we more readily share our persona than our true self. We don't get hurt that way...

But - send us a pic and I'll be so glad to raise you up a nickname... if you so desire.
snapper521 at 2007-06-07 19:29 (UTC) (Link)
Whats Countenance??

My Uncle has offered many a time to come up with a good nick-name for me. :-P

Go here -- thats what I look like (since I am unsure how to send you a picture normally... you're getting a link)

ehowton at 2007-06-08 13:12 (UTC) (Link)
It is...ALIVE!

That was cool - I enjoyed seeing pics of your family too. Its nice to have a face with the name!
snapper521 at 2007-06-08 22:05 (UTC) (Link)

Pics with the name

*smile* I'm glad you enjoyed. :-) You know you've always had that at your disposal friend. Just never took advantage of it. Lack of time I suppose.
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