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Why Digital Tonto?


I came up with the name because my experiences as an ex-pat in Eastern Europe  remind me of an old story about the Lone Ranger and Tonto:

One day, the Lone Ranger and his faithful Indian companion, Tonto, had just completed another day of adventure and were riding out into a glorious sunset, towards the west.

Off in the distance, they saw the fierce Apache tribe approaching.  Having had enough adventure for one day, they decided to make a strategic retreat, turned around and headed east.

As they headed East they soon were alarmed by the sight of the mighty Sioux nation, in full battle dress with drums beating and tomahawks waving.  Alone and desperately outnumbered they turned south, to the safety of the mountains.

As they maneuvered their horses into the mountains, up on the ridge,  they caught sight of the fierce Cherokee tribe waiting for them in ambush.  They turned around and galloped towards the north, their last hope of escape.

It wasn’t long before our heroes found the dreaded Blackfeet Indians, howling with full war paint, and riding down upon them.

Just then, the Lone Ranger turned to his faithful Indian companion, Tonto, and said, “Tonto, Tonto, we are surrounded by Indians!  What shall we do?”

To which Tonto replied, “What mean ‘WE,’ white man!”

…And that’s pretty much what it’s like to be an ex-pat in Eastern Europe.