BTW, I named my son after 'Nick' from The Thin Man series. It's good to see someone else who likes it!
How Cool! :D 'The Thin Man' is definitely one of my all time faves. Dean Stockwell was at Dragon*Con either last year or the year before and I had him sign my 'Song of the Thin Man' DVD since he played Nick Jr. I even had him write "To Asta" rather than my real name. ;) It was strange having my fandoms collide.
I actually became Asta (later had to add 77 because too many Asta'a online) when I registered at my first board, a Buffy board. I thought it would be unwise to select a Buffy-centric name (one of the best decisions I ever made) and The Thin Man/Asta popped into my head. I still occasionally look up at the screen when Nick or Nora shout, "Asta!"