|The Colorado River above Little Gore Canyon|
When I'm on the phone with mom, feeding the dogs, taking out the trash, pouring a coffee, sitting in traffic and taking a shower, my name is Jeff. I'm a regular guy that watches TV, has bills to pay and complains about the weather like everyone else. Life can be pretty boring. There's work, trips to the grocery store and all the other day to day that everyone deals with. But sometimes, when life gives me a break from that day to day monotony, I have a second name. I take on a new persona. My life suddenly becomes more interesting. I am Jefe´, or on especially good days, I am Von Jefe´! On those days, life gets good.
My name has been Jeff as long as I've been alive. I don't think I ever had another name that stuck. My friends never called me anything other than Jeff (at least not names I can mention here). I'm OK with my name. It's easy to pronounce, spelling errors are rare, unless it's Jeffery instead of Jeffrey. A few people tend to think the name should start with a G, but I'm not the butler from Fresh Prince or the giraffe from Toys R Us.
In 2010, life changed course. The previous year, I had ventured past that mystical barrier known as Nebraska. The car found itself pointed in the direction of Colorado, and once I crossed that border into Colorful Colorado, life was different. The thin air changed me. My wanderlust was quenched and I thought that if there was a paradise on earth, this might be it.
When I met the crew at Cutthroat Anglers, it became clear that life as Jeff wasn't a descriptive enough way to live my day to day life. One day I walked through the shop door and things were different - I was Jefe´. Jefe´Von Jefe´. The guys all thought it was funny even though I just stood there with a blank look on my face. Over the next few weeks, it became clear that my other name was going to stick and to this day, Von Jefe´has been my "river" name.
Since then, I've moved and taken up different career options and hobbies, but my name on the river remains the same. I am Jefe´. I belong on the river. What's your river name?