When I was a freshman in college (that would be Miami University back in 2000), I was self-involved enough to believe that people cared about what I had to say online. Which is to say, I was like everyone I knew. And, like everyone I knew, my primary outlet online at the time was AOL Instant Messenger (“AIM,” for the initiated). Clever away messages, constantly-changing profiles, and, of course, witty repartee exchanged with a girl whose physical presence would cause me to clench up like a zipper.
That year, one night, in that phase of sleep/non-sleep where your conscious mind starts to flicker but doesn’t quite awaken – a heroic intake of beer probably prolongs this phase – I was thinking about a name. I couldn’t tell you why, but that name was Flexwell G. Puckerpants. I decided, as soon as I’d fully awakened, that I would take Flexwell G. Puckerpants as my nom de plume – because how could you write profile jokes on AIM without a pen name? – and it’s been something of a running joke in my life ever since. When I decided to start a personal blog, only one name made sense to me.
My name is Brett Taylor. I am a former lawyer who writes – professionally! – at Bleacher Nation, a Chicago Cubs blog, which I started in December 2008. I have a wife (who is fantastic), a daughter (who is amazing), and a son (who is incredible), and we live together in Columbus, Ohio.
A bit more on what this site is all about can be found in its opening post here.
Brett can be reached over at Bleacher Nation, on Twitter, or at brett AT bleachernation DOT com.