Longtime readers know of my penchant and love for nicknames.
So, I took a (very, very, very) small amount of joy at the top of Masada when we visited the section of the "lots."
This was where the last few standing people (who had to do the terrible job of killing everyone else before the Romans arrived) drew straws ("lots") to determine who would be the final person--and thus have to commit suicide-which is forbidden in Judaism.
The sign said that the pottery shards were inscribed with both names and "nicknames."
Knowing that I am upholding a 2,000+ year old tradition gives additional meaning to my nicknaming and my efforts to instill it in the next generation.