Vera Firestarter has been my Superhero name for about about 11 or so years. She came about when I blew out the
thumb of my only golf glove at a little shaggy course about 40 miles
south of Cleveland. It was a wet September day. They only sold one
brand in the pro shop. So I bought it. This white glove had a BIG
rubber flap that velcros over the wrist-approaching forearm, really.
The rubber flap was designed of a HUGE inset “VF” looking pattern of
black and red color.
The glove and I were teased by the 7 others I was golfing with…but
we then made a great 90 degree slice shot (right) around the corner of
a 30 ft. tall rock wall onto the 90 degree fairway. I was last of the
group to shoot. Everyone else had strongly flubbed their shot into the
tall rock wall. Their shots basically went backwards or were lost far
into the hill on the left.
I then raised my left hand (the one with the largess black and red
rubber inset VF velcro flap glove on) and shouted, “I AM VERA
FIRESTARTER”. And so She became. So easily.
When I say to folks, “Do you have a Superhero name? Everyone should
have one. Mine is Vera Firestarter.”…I see their thoughts
churning… “hmmm, WHY DO I NOT have a Superhero name?”
They ponder. They take it quite seriously. They throw suggestions out
to the crowd at hand, and then hurredly decline their own
self-suggested name even before getting the crowd sentiment. No
self-naming Superhero name seems to be good enough for oneself on a
whim. After all, it is a Superhero name. Once picked, that’s it.
The name folks finally pick is fabulously interesting to me: It is so
intimate to, and so telling of, them. But-it is the travels of
iterations they go through to pick their Superhero name that I find
most interesting. It usually takes about a month.
I would like to start a journal of all the new Superheros I’ve
inspired. I’d also enjoy randomly interviewing unknowing aspiring
Superheros on the street. It would be a great follow on to the other
question I ask folks: “Tell me your bug story?” (But that’s another
We are all Superheros in our own way. And we all have a bug story.
These are the common threads I see in humans. And this I believe.