The Return of Team Cake or Death?

Posted by Brandon |

A couple weeks ago, a Down With Pants! newbie, paintingchef, inquired about my wife's online nickname, Death? So here's the explanation of the name from a little more than two years ago. I wish it were a better story for you.

The explanation of why I don't call her by her name on here is simply because of her wish to be un-Googlable - at least un-Googlable back to this blog. Given her line of work, it could cause some problems.

We started Geocaching a few years ago after learning about the GPS treasure hunting game through Will Wheaton's blog. My wife read about it one night and thought it would be fun but eventually let it slip her mind since we didn't have a GPS and couldn't afford to buy one just for fun. But I didn't forget and for Christmas I bought her a Garmin ETrex, a gift that doesn't sound romantic or exciting, but has turned out to be one of the most useful gifts that I ever gave.

When it came time to pick a Geocaching screen name, we couldn't think of anything good. This was our first joint account, this was a big decision, so we had to come up with a clever and defining name. We kicked around a lot of ideas but nothing stuck. Then we watched Eddie Izzard's Dress To Kill for the millionth time and the name Team Cake or Death? stuck in our head. If you've seen Dress To Kill, you know the reference. If not, click here.

One day I asked, just goofing around, which one of us is Cake and which one of us is Death? I wanted to be Death? but in reality I knew what the answer was going to be. I'm Cake and the wife is Death? Why she chose Death?, I'm not totally sure, probably just because it sounds tough. But Cake is a an apt description for me, I'm kind of a Cake kind of person. You know, soft and squishy and oh so tasty.

Ewww, that's gross.


Death? said...

Reprise comment, too:
Death? is a tough-ass sounding nickname, plus I'm in the medical field so it's a reflection/mocking of the dark nature of that. My nickname in high school was sunshine so go figure. You might be relieved to know he doesn't call me that to my face, only in cyberspace.

PaintingChef said...

My guess was that it had something to do with you being in the medical field. It does sound tough... I was a little scared of you...

Anyway, thanks so much for the explanation. I ADORE Eddie Izzard.

Miss Britt said...

I bet my husband wishes that there was no way he could be traced back to my blog.

Poor bastard.

Sizzle said...

I went geocaching once. It was rather fun!

Juanita said...

Very cool. I was silently curious, thanks. Death? is right, it is a bad ass name. I'm a little scared to learn the origin of DWP... I'm slowly going backward through your blog, so maybe by the time I find it I'll feel I know you well enough to handle the knowledge.