Why I Call Myself CaptBlackEagle
Note: I have written about his before, so this is a rewrite.
I was lucky enough to grow up in
North Carolina. North
Carolina offers the wilderness of the mountains around Lenore, and
the anger of the ocean around . I grew up at the foot of the Cape
Hatteras Appalachian Mountains in the Piedmont region.
Piedmont is known for
its rolling hills, thick coniferous forests, and rich history. The Piedmont
is also a place I call home. The story
of how I went from just a kid in North
Carolina to a Pirate is a familiar story of many
kids, and even famous pirates of the Elizabethan age.
Our yearly vacation was to the coast of North and
South Carolina. From Wilmington
to Myrtle Beach
we would roam the coast in search of adventure.
One very special place in my heart was Pirate Land Campground.
Another feature was a skit about the killing of Black Beard. Although the actor’s names are lost to time, they certainly had an influence on an impressionable kid. It was here that I became interested in all things pirate.
I want to make it clear that actual pirates are not Robin Hood types. Although some did their dirty deeds with government support, that does not change their vicious nature. I will explain in a future article what I mean when I call myself a pirate.
As my interest in computers grew, so did my need to develop a persona that would reflect how I saw myself. This has little to do with how you see me, which is after all your perspective. My perspective is on this side of my eyeballs.
The persona began to take form in the mid 80’s. I was in the military at that time, so keeping the name on the down low was very important. It was, at that time seen only hidden in computer code that would never see the light of day. By the Mid 90’s I had retired from the military and the name debuted as an email address, followed by a website.
Why CaptBlackEagle? Aside from the obvious pirate sound, the name comes from my favorite Officer Rank. I think Captains are the real backbones of the military. By Captain I mean the O-3s and the guys who are in charge of a ship.
Black Eagle refers to my favorite animal and favorite place. There is no such thing as a black eagle, but there is a place known as Black Eagle. Of all the towns in
Montana, Black Eagle
speaks of the rough nature of old west. The eagle represents a freedom of
Hope that explains it.