Hi Dan, This is Alpha1. I joined in December 2011 when the payouts were as you stated 25 to 50.00 . I was fortunate enough to hit two back to back and I was hooked. Made for a nicer Christmas for certain. I retired from Amgen, a large Biotech Firm in Thousand Oaks, CA. My husband was a LAFD Firefighter. We have 16 grandchildren. I was always the go to "Creative" at the BigPharma Powerpoint, and such. I have always wanted to try my hand at logos but too scared of infringing on copyright issues.
I never acquired the status that Moretal, Lightless and good bud Jackie have and I joined about the same time.
One tragedy after another struck our family in 2012, so was only on long enough to not become extinct until this year. I recall NayNay and lost to her due to an plural entry, EZ Capsule VS EZCapsules.
I do wonder what happen to Naynay. And Remember Mrs. Noah with the Ark Icon. Some of the members are on my Friends FB page and I still keep in contact with them ... emad, etc.
I recall naming force had so much to say about that. I could never seem to win on that site , and do not go on much because of the constant tutorials and voting etc. it takes up way too much time and Time is money. You have evolved into making SH so easy to enter names expeditiously. Sometimes it just take follow through and crossing the finish line. The last time I looked at NF, there were only about 5 or 6 contests listed. I do wish them wll, but you are really kicking ... in comparison.
I am almost 70 and I perhaps am not in on the trendy, nex gen names or funky ones, I think so trying to get better in that regard.
Here is some trivia. When at Amgen, I did in fact create "DropBox" where the scientists all over the world were able to put their seminar presentations onto a server to be shared in lieu of sending them to me via email. However, signed an agreement and could not pursuit it when working for the company .. Now look at Dropbox.
My two pups on my Icon are Gizmo, and Gracie. Gizmo purchased right after the Gremlin movie and named after the good Gremlin. Gracie is a rescue. She was dumped and left in a baseball dugout and the grandkids found here and ... we groomed her, and they looked so much alike I could not believe it. I am on the Road in an RV and sometimes it is difficult to get internet depending on location. I recall one time and drove to a nearby town from a Navy base to input a name because the CH asked for more with the word sync. I did end up winning, 200.00 so it was worth the drive .... SyncFox was the winning name and it was for a part that searches out troubled areas in the heart ... this is the ultimate award, to know that I NAMED something as important as that, as leaving my "Mark" here.
I would love to see a naming convention in Vegas or Laughlin so we could all meet.
An area to post real pics in case any would like to participate , so here is mine,
Younger version of course.
Well it glitched, says new users cannot upload ...:) I am an old user and old. tee hee.