Hmm, where to begin!? . . . I guess as good a place as any is how I got the name: Cosmic Rhino! ] :<)
Well, for whatever reason, as long as I can remember, I've always loved two things: Celestial (or Cosmic) Stuff ~ you know, like Stars, Moons, Faeries, Unicorns, etc.. and Rhinos! . . . Now, the former I'm really not sure how or why I've always liked, but the latter (Rhinos) I have some idea how I got into . . .
When I was in High School, my favourite Rock Group was Journey (Ok, so now I've pretty much dated myself! . . . Oh well, eh!?) . . . Anyway, I was lucky enough to live right across the street to Journey's Publicity Agency, called: Nightmare Inc. . . .
I was even luckier, as a great Fan of Journey and largely thanks to my dear Dad (and his fearlessness ~ which, at the time, embarassed me a lot of times, but obviously also came in quite handy, at times!), I also got the chance to meet & work with the "Journey Girls" as we called them ~ the 3 Ladies who ran & managed Journey's Fan Club, which was located a few miles away! . . . Well, dream come true for ANY Fan, I actually got to work with them (on a Volunteer Basis, completely fine with me!!) at the Fan Club / Warehouse, helping answer Fan Mail, put together Membership Packages and assist with Public Relations (the best part of which was getting to go to all the various local Concerts & Venues and meet & talk with other Fans)!! . . . It also included such amazing perks as: going to the Journey Softball Games and even meeting some of the Band Members, including: Neil Schon & Steve Perry!! : )
. . . OK, I'm finally coming to the where I got into Rhinos part! . . . So, the Journey Softball Team Mascott was, you guessed it, the RHINO!!! ] :<)
The "Journey Girls" were actually also just 3 Fans who got lucky enough to work for Journey and so they were really into supporting the Band, including avidly collecting Rhinos . . . They had a stuffed toy Rhino, whom they called: "Reno, the Rhino", sitting on the Warehouse desk and everytime we went ANYWHERE, if they came across a Rhino, they had to purchase that one, too! . . . So then, the more time I spent with "The Girls" and went pretty much EVERYWHERE with them, and got really close to them, I too started collecting Rhinos!
So, there you have it, becuase the 2 things I've always been into (and Colletcted) are: Celestial Stuff & Rhinos (my room was filled with Moons, Stars & Rhinos!!), I eventually acquired the Nick-name: Cosmic Rhino! . . . And so, when I first got Online and was looking for an "Online Name" and/or "E-Mail Name", I naturally went for: Cosmic Rhino! . . .
Also, besides being into "Celestial Stuff" ~ and even before that ~ I've always LOVED ANIMALS (and I think I've also always known that it was my Purpose in Life to work to HELP ALL ANIMALS)!! . . . In fact, I now realize that the whole "Journey / Reno the Rhino" part of my life was probably some grand Cosmic "Journey" I was on that would lead me to my real Purpose in Life! . . .
So when I finally figured that out, after "straying from my Path" for a while, and I started my Conservation & Education Organization, when I was looking for a Name for the Organization, of course I chose Cosmic Rhino, as well! . . . It's actually quite appropriate because my goal with the Organziation (and Web-sites) is, not only to help Protect & Educate re: the Rhinos, but ANY/ALL Animals (incl. at times, Humans ~ esp. Children!!). Therefore, "Cosmic Rhino" has the connotation of being more "Cosmically Concerned"! . . . Also, the more I studied & learned about the Rhino and I discovered that the Rhino Totem's Gift (or Medicine ~ i.e. what he Teaches us) is Ancient (or Cosmic) Wisdom, that also seemed to fit perfectly with the Name! . . .
Finally, the reason I chose the Unicorn as a "Mascot" and one of the Logos for my Organization, is because the Unicorn is a sort of "Cosmic Rhino" really, being that the Horse (which the Unicorn is most often portrayed as) is scientifically from the same Family as the Rhino and, being a "Celestial Being," just seemed to be the perfect symbol for the Cosmic Rhino Organization! . . . And the rest, as they say, is Cosmic Rhino History!!! ] ;<)
If you agree that the Rhino is a Noble Being and desrves to be Proteded from Extinction (and/or if you just Love and want to Help ALL ANIMALS), come JOIN ME & become a RANGER!!
Cosmic Rhino ] :<)