I still haven’t figured out the whole protocol for this brand of social media — nor have I fully decided what I think about it, personally — but I have decided that I want to give it a try. Several of my friends here in Amsterdam have gotten into Twitter, and I also notice the same among several of the people from the h2o network back in Ohio, which I will soon be rejoining. [Suffice to say, my Twitter-savvy friends, please help me out: show me the ropes, teach me the tricks of the trade, and welcome me into your world!]. I realize that I’m not exactly what my old Telecommunications professors would call an “early adopter” of new technologies — but I’m not a laggard either. Now that I’ve decided to make the leap, I’m ready to really figure it out and get with the flow.
At any rate, I decided to adopt the name FalconFlash because (1) all of the most obvious Twitter handles based on versions of my real name were already taken, (2) I just think the name FalconFlash sounds kind of cool and memorable, and (3) I like the way that the name FalconFlash reflects my cultural identity and the range of transitions that I’ve experienced over the last several years.
From 1995 to 2002, a lot of my life and ministry took place in the context of Bowling Green State University, whose sports teams are known as the Falcons… The last nine-and-a-half years, of course, have been here in Amsterdam — but now, starting in the middle of 2012, I’ll be teaming up with familiar friends and familiar ministry conditions in an unfamiliar place: Kent State University, whose sports teams are known as the Golden Flashes (which is apparently some sort of eagle). So the FalconFlash identity covers my life as a Falcon, my life as a Flash, and everything in between. As I say in my newly-minted Twitter profile, “After a decade of sojourn in Europe, I’m flying back to Ohio.” And if you want to come along for the ride, come find me @FalconFlash.