The Origins of Limpy
Limpy is a nickname I picked up in college. That isn't helping any is it? Our dorm had a volleyball net behind it, complete with a sandpit. We would play out there all the time when the weather was good. And generally speaking we weren't exactly sober when we played. Or any other time for that matter. But early in my first year I went up for a spike, which as usual ended unsuccesfully. This time there was an additional problem aside from my general ineptitude at volleyball. The girl playing opposite me, although pretty much the safest person on the court at that point, was intimidated enough by my leap that she bent over at the waist, covered her head, and backed into me. She clipped me on both knees, resulting in my landing awkwardly and severely spraining my ankle. I had a bruise that looked like a sunset for two weeks and was on crutches for pretty much that entire time. A couple of days after getting submarined, I staggered into a party and the host called out "LIMPY!!" The name stuck, as I suppose was inevitable.
While there is a certain downside to going through college with the name limpy, it did act as a pretty good icebreaker and on several occasions, (and by several I mean exactly once), a young woman who should have known better would take the name as a personal challenge and attempt to disprove it. At that time anyway, I was able to rise to the occassion.
But I kept the name.