The Nitty Gritty of NookieRookie

NookieRookieOne of’s greatest attributes is the wide range of user names that contributors select or more appropriately, ‘creatively pull out of the dark confines of their minds’. People often choose the names of their favorite pets; names that resonate with how they view themselves in the context of the world; and even the names of special places, hobbies or passions. Then there are those who simply like to wing it; you know, folks who choose names because they are fun, weird or simply, “sound cool when I made it up 10 years ago.” That last ‘top reasons for selecting a user name’ describes our contributor of the week here on NSA. Although his given name is Mike, we know him as NookieRookie — who has a most interesting and colorful life story. On he’s a Bronze Contributor and one of our great Supervisors or Stupervisor as he likes to fondly call himself (“until I master all the tools and how and when to use them”). Off, he’s anything but ordinary.

In addition to being the proud pet parent of “One deaf dog, one neurotic dog, one three-legged dog and one dog that looks like a shark when it smiles,” NookieRookie is a Steelers fan (originally from Pennsylvania), bought $1,200 worth of drums last year (“I played them once and realized, just because you own an instrument, doesn’t mean you know how to use it.”), enjoys playing WWII first-person video games, collects New Age albums (and dust) and once sold cars for three months….until he crashed a customer’s trade-in. Here’s more on this fascinating individual known as NookieRookie:

What is your key area of knowledge or expertise?

I gravitate towards Astronomy (pun intended), Human Resources, Hiring and Retention, Medical Terminology and English Language. I’m a person who enjoys sharing what I know through knowledge and experience.

What do you like to do for recreation?

I use to be an avid volleyball player. Then I got a “real” job. Now my “recreation” is repairing the house. Are shots of rum considered recreation? I need a vacation.

Any educational information you’d like to share?

I graduated Magna Cum Lousy with a Bachelors degree in Management.

Please share some random facts about yourself, special thoughts, etc.

I’m a product of the 80’s. It was the absolute best decade of music, TV and clothing. I’m a published poet; of course, I had to pay $60 to get it published in a book of 1,000 other poems. I once tried out for the Weakest Link. I think what ended it for me was doing a rendition of Dr. Evil when they asked me to tell them a little about myself.

Do you have any special talents?

I have a very special talent for coming up with lots of ideas for new products, doing nothing about it and watching as someone else becomes wealthy several years later because they had the same idea and knew how to sell it.

Do you have any special goals or dreams?

To actually pursue one of my “inventions” and have it be available to the public. Oh yeah, and I make the best chicken corn soup and whoopie pies this side of the Atlantic.

What brought you to

I Googled a question to which I was looking for an answer and clicked on a link that took me to WA.

What keeps you coming back to

Knowing the answers to some of the questions users are asking.

What is your favorite activity?

It’s hard to say, as it depends on my mood and whether or not I’m traveling for business. I tend to be more involved when I’m on the road as it helps me wind down at the end of the day. Overall, I’d have to say I enjoy answering questions that don’t require research; hmm, maybe that’s an oxymoron.

How would you describe yourself or personality?

As a young lad, I was often labeled as “weird’ by my peers and I was always hurt by that. I now take pride in that label as I realized I was called that name because of my sense of creativity. I’m only serious when I need to be. I try to find humor in most things and am quite philosophical and inquisitive; like, it’s not whether the chicken or the egg came first, it’s about who was the first person to think cooking a chicken embryo would be tasty?

What is your favorite feature?

I haven’t really learned all the ins and outs of the features yet; so, right now, it’s my backspace key when editing answers and questions.

What has been the funniest question you’ve seen or your funniest experience on

Funniest experience – Laughing at myself when I’m the oxymoron. This is a site where people often research answers, and I still ask questions in the forums about how features work, etc when I could find the answer myself in the  Help Center if I just…..researched the answer.

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