I was really bummed a while ago when I was beat out to get the beattie.us domain name. I depended on Register.com's preregistration and they screwed me over - I was awake when registration first opened and could have registered it instantly, but thought they would take care of it, and didn't. It was registered at like 4 p.m. that day. Ugh.
However, thanks to blogging, I'm now #2 in Google's rankings for "Beattie" which may be just as good. And my rankings for "Russell" went from page 33 to page 13 in just the past month.
If I understand the page rank mechanism correctly, these could go even higher if I had static URLs... thus increasing the number of pages on my site and upping my rankings that way.
Freakin' Resin won't let me do that right now. Uuuurrrgghhh!!!