“Chrissi D.” My given name is Christina Dawn. Chrissi D. is what my mom used to call me … occasionally, she still gets away with it. (FTR, my younger brother’s name is Kevin Charles… his cutesy nickname is “Kipchuck”, which I’ve lovingly modified to the very obvious “Upchuck”.)
“Sunshine” This is my grandmother’s nickname for all her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. She insists it’s a term of endearment, I think it’s just so she won’t have to remember any names. Christmas and family reunions are hilarious. Grandma calls for “Sunshine” and everyone (me, my mom, my brother, Byron, aunts, uncles, EVERYONE) yells back, “Yeah?”
“Bee” I won the spelling bee in sixth grade. I lived in a small town at the time, so it was a very big thing… I was famous! It was in the local paper and everything. So, everyone at school started calling me “Bee”. (I’d forgotten about that.)
“Cheeseburger, Cheese” Hanging out at a friend’s house one night when I was in ninth grade. I was starving to death and one of the guys was constantly leaving and coming back (taking people home, picking more people up) so I handed him a buck and asked him to pick me up a cheeseburger from McD’s. He came and went 8 times before he finally brought it back, and each time he came back, I’d bitch at him “where’s my damn cheeseburger?” The next day, all my friends were calling me “Cheeseburger”. It sorta died after a little while, with those guys only using it to get my goat. A few years ago, they shortened it to “Cheese”… it still annoys the piss out of me.
“Technicolour” At a going away party for my friend Blue (he was entering the army, I think this was about 1992… like it matters, anyhow…) I was wearing this royal blue jacket that had an embroidered dragon and the word “Korea” embroidered above it, and Blue said “Well, now, aren’t you just Technicolour!” For some reason, it stuck.
And then there are Byron’s annoying nicknames for me: “Lips”, “Buns”, “Cheeks”, “Wife”, etc.
Veni, Vidi, Visa … I came, I saw, I bought.