Ah, kumquats. Those tiny oblong orange fruits. Like miniature oranges. These fine specimens of nature are very shy, and rarely seen by humans. If you should be lucky enough to befriend a kumquat, take great care not to frighten it away.
okay, enough silliness. If you don't know what a kumquat is, it's like
a tiny ellipsical orange which is eaten whole - no peeling. They are
very tasty. I've been asked, "Why kumquat37?" a lot, and here's the
explanation (it's not that great a story, so don't get your hopes up):
I was creating a free email account, finally, and kumquat is one of my favorite words. So naturally I tried "kumquat". Of course, someone had already taken that name, so the program in question suggested a bunch of other names, usually kumquat# with different numbers at the end. I didn't want just any ol' number, so I picked thirty-seven. If you've seen Clerks (the Kevin Smith movie), you'll understand why I chose it. And no, it's not a reference to my sexual prowess or anything silly like that. It's just a joke. A very obscure joke. An "in" joke. And now you're "in" on it too. Doesn't that just give you a warm fuzzy feeling?
Thanks to Jo for making me that spiffy kumquat .gif up at the top. This is what happens when you leave a boy alone with a computer for too long... Anyway, maybe I'll get him to make me some more some time when he's bored again.
Now, as for the nickname Sparky, I'll have to attribute that to the twisted brain of Heather, who is now at Eckerd College in Florida. I'm not quite sure where it came from (maybe my sparky personality, or maybe the fact that I resemble a dog... no, that can't be it.) If you want to know any more you'll have to ask her yourself. Anyway, be sure to visit her page and read her short story; it's excellent.
for more interesting writing, try looking at Sparky's Brain.