Long Live @CaseP!!!

Last updated on November 4th, 2020 at 09:19 pm

#100HappyDays—Day 25—@CaseP Twitter Bio Screenshot
R.I.P. @doomzTO—LONG LIVE @CaseP!!!

This has been a long time coming.

When I started on Twitter back in June 2008, I was under a handle that made sense then—@doomsdayblaze. It was the screen name I’d used since my first email address in 1998; the name of the website where I ran Fish ‘n’ Chimps; the screen name for my LiveJournal—back then, it was what anyone who knew me online knew me as.

When I hit 2010’s HoHoTO—my first Twitter event of that size—Diana Pronosher was flabbergasted at the length of my Twitter handle, suggesting I change it. Since @doomz was taken in 2009 by a rapper I’m trying to track down, I tacked “TO” for Toronto on the end and @doomzTO was born (as referenced in the ever-infamous “HoHoTO Rap”)!

For the next 40 months, I had a shorter Twitter handle, but not one that really reflected who I was becoming.

After moving from doomsdayblaze.com to caseypalmer.com in 2011, “Doomz” was becoming more of a shadow behind me than a name I’d associate with. I was signing my blog posts with a shortened version of my name, “case p.”; I was sharing with my real name all over the Internet—with the days of anonymity coming to a close and Facebook tying everyone to a “real identity”, why not have a Twitter to match?

And after a friend helped me connect with @CaseP’s former owner on Google+, he was gracious and me the handle, since he’d only tweeted 4 times since 2010 and didn’t use it much.

So goodbye, @doomzTO. Goodbye to an era of partying, getting to know Toronto’s social media scene and building a name for myself. Here’s to a future where I get that much more professional, that much more grown-up—ready to handle whatever lies ahead for Casey Palmer. The opportunities and challenges that Doomz never had.

#100HappyDays Day 25/100 — such a success.

–case p.

The February Freeze

Last updated on November 17th, 2020 at 02:22 am

As I stood outside, chipping away at our icy walkway with a spade borrowed from our in-laws (because remember, our garage is still frozen shut from the ice storms), I suddenly recalled that February started with a surprise visit from my parents.

2012 Africa Trip—Coming Home—Unshaven Case

Having missed out on seeing DoomzToo for the entire month of January, they came to Casa de Palmer to see a scruffy Casey Palmer in his house clothes, a relaxing weekend planned with his family and sister-in-law, who was visiting from Ottawa.

Lesson learned—always dress like you’re ready for anything.

Regardless, another month’s come and gone, much of it spent seeking refuge from the harsh Canadian winters we face each February. Many of my Canadian peers likely read this with disdain—after all, what does Toronto know about the cold?—but while we don’t share the massive snowfalls or the extensive swaths of black ice you endure while commuting to your destinations, we too know freezing winds that chill you to the bone. We too know the misery of days all too short, sun blotted out by snow, hail and all manner of projectile falling from above to ruin our days.

In short, fellow Canadians, we know your feel.