Gil Chooses His Nickname
Well, I asked him to choose, anyhow, between "Agent Zero," the blogosphere's preferred nickname, and "The Puzzler," a name I thought I had thought of myself but one that I possibly subconsciously borrowed from Fat Lever over at TheWizznutzz, who are getting more ink this week than DeShawn Stevenson and The Puzzler AKA Agent Zero at a tattoo party.
Anyhow, "The Puzzler" he immediately rejected; "Nah, I don't want that, he's a killer," he said. True, true.
And Agent Zero? "Ooooh, I like that, I like that," he said. He repeated "I like that" several times.
But it turns out he already had a nickname picked out for this year; "The Stealth." Which isn't bad. This came from the "military dude" he was working out with in San Francisco. Gil asked him why more people didn't know about him.
"I'm Stealth, kid," the military dude responded.
(I was reading this short story by Delmore Schwartz the other day. You've probably never heard of him. I hadn't. But in the story, the narrator is woken up before dawn by a stranger from England who takes him to a track meet at a high school baseball stadium at which one runner kisses a woman on a billboard, the narrator's mother ignores him, the Englishman reads off various gruesome tragedies from the newspaper, the narrator's five brothers, all named after European heads of state, get in a rumble in the middle of a race, and then the winner won't stop running, and then an official has him killed, and then the five brothers are all shot by women in uniforms. It's weird, in other words. All the details are a little unsettling, but it's still pleasing, somehow, and by the end, nothing really surprises you. I feel the same way when talking to The Stealth.)
The military dude also used to call Gil "The Machine," but he thought he'd go by "Stealth" or "The Stealth" until this "Agent Zero" thing came up.
DeShawn Stevenson wasn't into "Agent Zero" as a nickname, but then he came up with a suggestion of his own: "Nutso." Which is another fine suggestion.
"We've got two Nutsos on this team," Stevenson said, referring to himself and The Puzzler, aka Agent Zero, aka The Stealth, aka The Machine, aka Nutso One.
As for Gil's shoes, today he was wearing Pilrahnas, but he's also got the Gil-Zeros down here in Richmond and he thinks he'll wear those for the games. K.G. has requested a pair, and Antonio Daniels wants 10 or 12. Gil is very pleased with the final product, although he suddenly thought of something when we were talking.
"I should have named them Agent Zeros," he said. "That's the next name. That's Part Two."
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