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Title: Are you talking to me?
Post by: Giraffe, Esq on August 29, 2009, 12:04:35 AM
Hi, all!  My name is Giraffe, and Iím a newbie.   :)  Iíve had a blast reading the entries, horrified at what some people think is acceptable, applauding your successes and good advice. 

A friend of mine, MommyPenguin, introduced me to these boards when I went to visit her last summer.  She reintroduced me to them this summer, again when I was visiting her. 

So how fitting is it that my first story is about her?

Sheís got two BabyPenguins, both under 3.  Iíd been there nearly a week (I live several states away, so I canít just pop over for a day visit), relaxing and enjoying myself, but also trying to help out with the kids, so as to be a good guest.  You know, playing with them, helping feed them, holding BabyPenguin1ís hand while MommyPenguin was carrying BabyPenguin2, etc. 

We were exiting the house to go gallivanting (playground, into big city, I canít quite remember the plan).  Iím holding BP1ís hand, carrying water bottles, ready to load the van and buckle BP1 in, when I hear MommyPenguin say, in an exasperated tone, ďGiraffe, your help is neither necessary nor appreciated.Ē

Complete.  Silence.


Oh, btw, did I mention that BP2 is also named Giraffe?  And sheís under a year old and was trying to play with the keys as MommyPenguin locked the front door?   ;D
Title: Re: Are you talking to me?
Post by: Tiramisu on August 29, 2009, 12:38:06 AM
Goodness I had to read this about 3 times before I got the gist.   It has been a long morning ok!  :D
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Post by: M-theory on August 29, 2009, 02:47:29 AM
;D ;D ;D

That's a completely priceless story. What did you/she say?

BTW, I never say "Are you talking to me?" without a horrible fake NYC accent. Trust me.
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Post by: MommyPenguin on August 29, 2009, 07:27:13 AM
Congrats on your first post, Giraffe! 

The name thing sure was fun.  I spent the week Giraffe was here calling both of them "Giraffe" and nobody ever knowing who I was talking to or about.  By the end of the week I'd finally gotten in the habit of calling BP2 "Baby Giraffe," and now Adult Giraffe is gone and the habit continues when it doesn't need to.  And it doesn't help that BP1 calls her doll "Baby Giraffe," either!  I'll have to come up with some nickname for the baby, like, oh, Giri or something.
Title: Re: Are you talking to me?
Post by: Amava on August 29, 2009, 08:00:39 PM
That was a hilarious story!

I've had situations like this too, when I still was a teacher.

One girl in my class, I will name her Wombat to stay in the spirit of the Zoo names, was NOT an easy child to deal with. She would always push it and try to get away with not listening.
So one day, after the so-manieth warning, on the playground, I say in a not-so-patient, firm, loud voice:
"Wombat, come here THIS INSTANT!"

I look up and look in the shocked face of my young, sweet colleague whose name is also Wombat, and who couldn't believe I had just yelled at her, for no explicable reason, and had called her by her first name without "Miss" in front of the children! 
I said: "Oh, erm... I meant Wombat Kidslastname." and nodded my head towards said kid. Luckily Colleague Miss Wombat then saw the humour of it. I've seldom seen someone SO relieved.  ;D
Title: Re: Are you talking to me?
Post by: CuriousParty on August 29, 2009, 09:58:12 PM
This is one of the problems with naming their kids after their parents, too.  My DH is a Jr., and once he did something - I don't remember what but it must have been serious because I never do this in public - and I did the full name thing DHFirstname Middlename Lastname.  His father looked at me, somehow managing to blend startled and attentive in the same look.  I'm sure I blushed as I backtracked..."No, my DHFirstname Middlename Lastname.  Sorry!"
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Post by: Snorgle on August 30, 2009, 12:28:54 AM
Funny stuff, glad to be here!
Title: Re: Are you talking to me?
Post by: Bookgirl on August 31, 2009, 12:52:29 PM

At first I thought "wow!  I've never seen a call out like that on here!"

Then I read the last sentence.   ;D

Welcome to the board!
Title: Re: Are you talking to me?
Post by: RedWolf on August 31, 2009, 03:24:17 PM
LOL. Welcome, Giraffe. Great intro - I'll giggle about that all day!  ;D
Title: Re: Are you talking to me?
Post by: Poppea on September 01, 2009, 11:35:46 PM
LOLOL  ;D  awesome giggle - and even moreso because it involves penguins and baby ones at that  ;D  ;D

My husband and his dad have the same first name.  He told me about the time he showed up to the homecoming dance at school with his date.....only to find TWO very irate girls standing at the front door waiting for him.  You see, they had called his house, asked to talk to Paul, and asked Paul to go to the dance with them.  "Paul" of course, said yes - to both of them.  I asked how he handled the situation and he said "not being an idiot, I left all 3 of them there to argue it out and went home to have a little 'chat' with Dad.  I also put the word out what he had done, so I got to have 3 separate 'make-up' dates  >:D". 

>sigh<  he was a playa at an early age lololol

What a immature and cruel thing for his father to have done. Instead of having a date to the dance the girls were left angry and embarassed. 
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Post by: Twik on September 02, 2009, 12:06:13 PM
What a immature and cruel thing for his father to have done. Instead of having a date to the dance the girls were left angry and embarassed. 

Agreed. It wasn't funny at all. Too bad the girls' dad didn't come to have a chat, en masse, with Paul Senior.
Title: Re: Are you talking to me?
Post by: tnpenguinbaby on September 03, 2009, 10:33:27 AM
Yeah, my DH was NOT a happy camper with the situation.  This occurred in 1960-ish so the social norm at the time rather precluded the girls talking to Dad, that's why they took it out on DH.  I sure wouldn't have wanted to be one of those girls!
Title: Re: Are you talking to me?
Post by: Master_Edward on September 09, 2009, 05:53:11 PM
OK, I was a little slow on the uptake with this one. I had to read down to your friend Penguin's post before I got it! Yeah that is funny. I was seriously thinking you have a very rude and horrible friend! But now I totally get why that's funny. That must have been a good laugh for you guys. 8)

Title: Re: Are you talking to me?
Post by: 2littlemonkeys on September 11, 2009, 10:11:10 PM

I think I swallowed a bug I gasped so hard!  Cute story!

A few weeks ago, we visited the beach.  Another family, with 2 girls about the age of mine, set up a bit down the beach from us.  Of course my youngest (22 months), Little Miss Social Butterfly, had to go make friends.  The other girls were building sand castles and LMSB (aka Little Miss One Woman Demolition Crew) got a little too close for comfort.  So before she could smash her fist through the thing, I said, "LMSB, stop!  No touch!" and led her out of reach.

cue startled looks from the other kid's parents.  Apparently her name was LMSB too. :o  And it appeared I was hollering at her.

I said "Oh!  Mine's named LMSB too!  I was talking to her!"  Luckily, they thought the whole thing was funny.    ;D
Title: Re: Are you talking to me?
Post by: Cherry on September 15, 2009, 10:21:43 PM
Lol, I had to read that a couple of times to get it :P Dorky me!

Welcome to these boards!

Title: Re: Are you talking to me?
Post by: kherbert05 on November 27, 2009, 11:23:13 AM
We have students named Kimberly. We have a student named Herbert. I am the Tech go to person - We have kids answering when teachers are trying to get my attention, we have me answering when they are trying to get the kids attention.

The funniest was when a child answered and the teacher needed me. The teacher said No I need Ms. Herbert to do (tech repair) and the kid said oh I can do that and fixed the problem. (I train the kids to fix a lot of the problems.)
Title: Re: Are you talking to me?
Post by: Dogface on November 27, 2009, 05:24:25 PM
My old dog had the same name as one of my friends. We got our dog long before I ever met my friend (We got the dog when I was six and I met my friend when I was a freshman in high school), but it was always interesting when my friend came over.

"Hey Sally, can you get that for me?" (Cue the dog trotting up to me at the mention of her name.)

"Sally! Down!" (My friend looks at me, confused.)

It got to the point where I had to refer to each as SallyDog and SallyHuman to keep them straight. I still refer to my friend as SallyHuman, even though SallyDog died about a year ago. XP
Title: Re: Are you talking to me?
Post by: CG on November 27, 2009, 06:51:13 PM
There is a group in which I am referred to as "not THAT CG" or "the other CG". The first CG has been around a long time and has quite a reputation. My real name is slightly unusual, so people who meet me for the first time and don't know the first one tend to raise their eyebrows at me. ;D
Title: Re: Are you talking to me?
Post by: LibraryLady on February 05, 2010, 11:57:54 AM
My brother's wife shared the same name as I do, say "Mary".  For a long time, both of us would respond when he called Mary, come here.   Finally I quit, as many times he meant wife Mary.

My younger sister would refer to me as Sister Mary when talking with friends about her family.  Finally one of her friends asked her "Sarah is your sister a nun?"  and if you knew my sis, it would be a stretch.

anyway, I thought it was funny
Title: Re: Are you talking to me?
Post by: Lisbeth on February 05, 2010, 12:19:11 PM
Cute joke!  It took me a moment to get it.

To the OP whose FIL played a name joke on those girls:  That was a mean thing to do.  He got a kick out of embarrassing them for nothing.
Title: Re: Are you talking to me?
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on February 15, 2010, 10:35:29 AM
I used to work at a doctor's office, doing medical records in the front office.   My given name's Annie, and there was a nurse that worked part time as an assistant for one of the doctors.  Her name was Ann but some people called her Annie, too.   So on the days she worked they'd call us Ann and Annie or Annie H. and Annie M.   When paged for a call though, everyone used Ann or Annie so as to not get confused.

That is, everyone but the front office manager.   She insisted on calling me Ann and the other woman Annie, despite both of us asking her to stop doing so because it caused confusion.   She'd say it didn't matter, we should know who she was talking or referring to, though sometimes we didn't.  Ann didn't mind being called Annie, neither of us minded if we were both called Annie, but I do mind being called Ann since it's not my name.  

Anyway, on a day Ann was working, she was her usual cheerful self but was also saying she missed her hubby because he was away on business and wouldn't be home for another day.   Over the intercom, B, the front office manager announced "Annie, back line park 9! Annie back line park 9!"  (The back line was for personal incoming calls)  

The conversation went as follows

Piratelvr:  Hi, this is Annie, may I help you?
Caller: Hey, how would you like your husband to come home tonight?  (Now my husband was scheduled to come home that evening so I was confused and thought it was a prank)
Piratelvr: I'd like that a lot, but I thought he already was? Who is this? pause on the other end
Caller:  It's G (Ann's husband)  Is this Annie H****?  I start to laugh, realizing the mixup
Piratelvr: Oh sorry, no, it's the other Annie in the office! We both start laughing
G: Oh, Annie's told me about you!  How are you?
Piratelvr: I'm fine, thanks!  Hold on, I'll get your Annie for you!

Ann and I both laughed about it, and it was used as an example to B why she should make sure to clarify which one of us she was talking to.   She did, when calling our names over the PA system, but aside from that, she continued to call me Ann long after Ann quit because she and G were moving to the Midwest.  
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Post by: chillybee on May 20, 2010, 09:18:20 AM
Cute story. For some years now I have worked at the same place, my current manager interviewed me for the job. I am good friends with many of my colleagues and we go out together for a meal or a drink occasionally. The thing is, for some reason, my manager and several colleagues keep calling me ("Chillybee") by another colleague's name ("Frances"). Just this last Tuesday, we were in a meeting and my manager looked me straight in the eye and said, "Francis, could you please take the minutes?" I responded by meeting her eye and saying, "Um, sorry, I'm Chillybee, it's only been five years, so I understand that you can't remember my name", which was possibly a little rude. We laughed it off, but to be honest with you, it's really irritating. I've spoken to Frances, who is often called Chillybee by mistake and she feels the same way. We dress differently, don't look or sound at all alike and come from different backgrounds in different countries, but agree that perhaps there are certain things in our personalities which are similar.

What would be a more polite way for Frances and me to get people to stop mixing us up? Or, after five years, do we need to be a bit more obvious or heavy-handed?
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Post by: TootsNYC on May 20, 2010, 09:25:31 AM
My dad is a Michael.* I married a man named Michael.

I never call my dad Mike, of course, so *I* don't have any problem. (though when i was writing out the wedding invitation, I kept automatically writing "Michael Meyer" (my dad's name) when I meant to write "Michael Henderson," bcs when i was in "first name, last name" mode, "Michael" goes with *MY* last name. I just didn't usually think of my fiancť in "first name, last name" terms.

My ILs mostly call their son Michael, so when my dad visits, he's the only Mike.

My mother is the one with the problem. She gave up; when they visit, she calls my husband Henderson.

*all names changed.
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Post by: TootsNYC on May 20, 2010, 09:39:45 AM
We had three Kathy/Cathy's once. Kathleen, Catherine, Katharine. All shortened.

We named one of them Cathy Popcorn (bcs she was the one who'd brought popcorn--and she looked a little like a popped popcorn kernel, actually--a little short and round, w/ a happy face and happy outlook, and having her around made you happy--just like popcorn! After a week or so, we just called her Popcorn)

For another, we shortened her last name and called her Kathy Trout (think "Troutman" being shortened to "Trout"), and eventually just shortened it to Trout.

I think the other Kathy didn't hang around a long time. Maybe bcs she didn't get a cool, affectionate nickname.
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Post by: Garden Goblin on May 20, 2010, 12:40:01 PM
I worked at a store once that employed about 15 men.  Of these 15 men, 9 were named Dave, 3 were named Bob, one was Joe, and the other two were Brian and Ryan.
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Post by: Piratelvr1121 on May 20, 2010, 01:08:07 PM
My DH has an ex-gf, the one he was with before we got together, whose given name was Jennifer.  She didn't like the name though, because it's so common a name.  So she went by her confirmation name.  Can't say I blame her really. 

The Cathy story reminded me of one a friend (N, aka my surrogate mama) once told me about.  She used to work in Big Home Improvement Store and both she and another coworker had the same first name.   However they had different personalities, and SM's is one that just made her more likeable amongst other employers and customers.   She's free spirited, cheerful, outgoing, funny, and has a positive attitude most of the time.    The other woman wasn't nasty or rude, she just was a whiner and tended to be negative.   

So most of my Nicole's* coworkers would call her "Nic" or "Nice Nic" when the other Nicole wasn't around or working that day.  Then there were some teens and early 20 year olds that just called SM "Mom". 

*Name changed, of course.
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Post by: pwv on May 20, 2010, 02:20:45 PM
In high school, in several of my classes, there were four students named Patricia.  We were seated alphabetically, which resulted in the 4 Patricias sitting next to each other.  We ended up calling them Pat, Patty, Patricia, and Trish.
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Post by: Piratelvr1121 on May 21, 2010, 09:31:34 AM
In college I ran across a few pairs of people who shared names and were best friends.   My first roomate was one of them.  She and her best friend where both named Mia.   

Across the hall (coed floor) there were two guys who had been friends in high school and both named Steve.   We called them Huck (because he brought Huck Finn to our minds) and Howie.   

Then I met two guys who had known each other since high school and were both named Paul.   We called the first one we met Paul and when the other transferred to our school we called him Kramer because he reminded us of the character from Seinfeld.   
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Post by: kitty-cat on May 21, 2010, 08:09:06 PM
Allrighy, I think mine takes the cake. *names will be changed*

My stepdad married and divorced a Samantha.  My mom's name is Samantha. Stepsis goes by Sammie. One of my best friends goes by Sammy.

(ie, stepsis and my friend have the same sounding nickname; they are just spelled diffrently. It works better when their real names are used...)

So, when talking about the exwife it's "Samantha number 1" or "Old Samantha"; my mom is "Samantha number 2" or "New Samantha".

It's really fun when I'm talking about stepsis with my friends; I'm talking about "Sammie" and most others who don't know what I'm talking about think I'm talking about "Sammy", my friend. I've started to call my friend "Samantha" now; it's just easier because I call my mom "Mom".

So, who is confused? :P
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Post by: Piratelvr1121 on May 21, 2010, 08:46:28 PM
I have a good one too when it comes to confusing names only it involves just one person.  *names changed, of course*

So the "Nicole" I mentioned upthread, I call her by a variation of her middle name, which starts with J.   It's also the name of her self-insert in her POTC stories and we both think it fits her better than her first name.   My husband, kids and a few friends of mine know her as J****.  Actually my boys call her "Auntie J****". 

And when I started calling her "J****", she started calling me by my self-insert's name, Jade, or Jadie.   But when we're around most people we call each other by our real first names.   
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Post by: Linley on May 21, 2010, 09:44:21 PM
Someone apparently circulated a memo the year that my brother was born that everyone in my parents' circle should call their sons BrothersName. To make it worse, they all go by the same nickname, at least sometimes. So we just call them my BrothersName, your BrothersName, etc. It was a popular name in general that year, I don't think my poor brother was in a class growing up that didn't have at least two or three kids with his name, AND it is a family name in my father's family so one the rare occasions we see them yelling his name, even first and last, results in multiple heads turning.

In comparison, I got off easy. No one else in the family has my name and there was seldom more than one other MyName in my grade at school. Recently though I was attending a social event and discovered that there were more or less three of us. (My name has two English spelling variants, pronounced differently. I am Spelling1 with Pronunciation2 because I have a non-English variant. So we had one Variant1, one Variant2, and me.) I've never had that happen to me before in my life and boy was it confusing.
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Post by: FauxFoodist on June 22, 2010, 07:47:18 PM
My name is very uncommon among women in my generation but was very common for women in my grandmother's generation so when I used to work in a drugstore when I was in my late teens, I met many 60-something women who would say, hey my name is Martha, too (not my real name).  A friend of mine also had a friend whose name happened to be Martha who was our generation.  Unfortunately, Martha was a petty thief so it really was better not to have people think I was her.  She was also gay so when my friend would mention Martha or he would introduce me to friends who heard of the other Martha, he would immediately self-correct with, "No, you're talking about the gay Martha; this one's straight" (often, they'd ask when we'd be introduced, "Is she the gay Martha" so my friend would say, "No, this is the straight Martha").  I'd never mind being mixed up with her for the fact that she was gay, but I certainly didn't want to be thought of as some petty thief who'd been in trouble with the law a few times!

Also, my DF and my older cat share the same name.  When I met DF, he introduced himself by the shortened form of his name, like Mike.  Well, when I'd go home, I'd be talking to him and saying hello to my cat, Mike so DF would tease me about whatever I was saying to my cat.  I finally started calling DF Michael in order to differentiate between the two (I'm the ONLY one who calls him Michael; everyone else either calls him his childhood family nickname, Mick, or Mike).  I call my cat MikeCat though.
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Post by: Allie003 on June 27, 2010, 07:46:43 PM
My dad's dog has a human name. His new neighbor has the same name (let's say its Bert). The dog jumped out of the car and went running through the yard. My dad runs after him screaming "Bert! Get your (word that starts with A that means human derriere) over here RIGHT NOW!"

The neighbor walked out of his garage looking very confused...
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Post by: Pinky830 on June 27, 2010, 08:05:45 PM
My DD's name has a common male variant, think Nick and Nicki. We have a neighbor family with the DH named Nick. Every time I say, "Nicki!" to DD, Nick thinks for a second I'm talking to him.