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Okay. Against the wishes of some friends that I consulted, I'm settling on the name "Jason's Room."

Allow me to explain...

The label "Jason's Room" reminds me of when I was a kid and my parents would show guests around our house. As they'd walk down the hallway, they'd gesture and say, "And this... This is Jason's room."---That was so cool!---As a kid, my room was really the first thing that gave me a sense of ownership. The other parts of the house might be community property of the family, but THIS was "Jason's room."

My mother also instilled a sense of pride in my room. She was the type who made me keep it clean and make my bed every morning (on the remote chance that someone MIGHT stop by). I was raised with the idea that, although the room was "yours," you still needed to take care of it... and that the care you put into your room reflected something about you AND the others around you.

Additionally, for many of us, our childhood room was one of the first places we were allowed to express ourselves. From what we put on the walls to the type of bedsheets we slept in, our room was an expression of both the type of person we were AND the type of person we wanted to be. It was also the place where we kept our most prized possessions. Whether it be a favorite toy, something we collected, or (as a teenager) the designer clothing that we hoped would give us higher status among peers, our room held a variety of things which may not have meant much to others but in our eyes were the most precious treasures in the world.

And so... that's what I want for this blog.---You know, I've been reading the brilliant blogs of others for a couple years now, and I'm not going to even try to come close to what they've achieved... And I'm okay with that.---This is "Jason's Room"... A place on the internet that is "mine"... A place where I can express myself (both who I am and who I want to be)... And a place where I can keep things which may not mean much to others but are extremely important to me.

I apologize to those who felt this name was too corny or too typical/unexciting. It feels comfortable to me. It feels honest. For those of you I have yet to meet, I think that alone tells you a lot about me.