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    @oldhat, allana

    As for the name spelling...I've gotten used to my first name, but when people pronounce my name LeBlank I want to murder

    I'd imagined you weren't a LeBlank but are you a LeBlong or a LeBlonk?

    Personally, I hate it when people put an 'h' in my name, especially when they've managed to write my email address without it. I usually deal with it by deliberately misspelling their names when I reply. If I do - I've blanked people for that before...
  2.  (10397.42)
    @Wyrm, I had a testicular cancer scare a few years back, and the diagnosis was exactly the same. Bloody frightening at the time, but I'm glad it went well for you.

    @bob, sending positive thoughts your way. I can't imagine what your family must be going through.
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2011
    @JP really, I'm a LeBlawh but we bastardized it by going with LeBlonk
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2011
    '@ Keyofsilence:I hope you are ok after the loss of you dog.Sorry to bring it up but i still feel for you so i mean well.

    My dog was knocked down and had to be put to sleep when i was a kid but it still breaks my heart.
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2011
    Names? Hah! My family name is Polish and in English sounds something a bit like science, but with a Z instead of the S. Being Polish, it's spelled Zajac, with an accent under the last A that this keyboard can't quite cope with. Over the years, this combination of spelling and pronunciation has caused more than a little confusion and has been dealt with in a number of ways, few of which were amusing, for me at least. Things have improved a bit with the recent influx of Polish labour, but i still tend to Anglicise the pronunciation.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2011
    @JP, Oldhat

    That's bad, but wait till you start getting your surname (Cluness) spelt Cluenass or (you've guessed it) Clueless! This has happened a few times in my life...
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2011
    Re: names.

    Apparently english speaking people can't pronounce "Angelica." Whenever we had a substitute teacher, EVERY time, "An-ge-LEE-ka?" If they do know how to pronounce it, then a comment about "Angelica from The Rugrats" follows :| Or I just get called Angela.
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2011 edited
    As I'm still having another bout with the words not doing what I want them to, I'll go with Daffy.

    Start of year:

    End of year:

    I appear to be stuck.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2011
    Between my president saying he won't veto a bill that allows the government to indefinitely detain US citizens without a trial like he said he would, reading the memoir of a kid who was kidnapped and taken to GitMo, and a Vermont university fraternity being suspended because they passed around a survey asking its members who they'd like to rape, I'm feeling really disgusted with my country today.
  3.  (10397.50)
    @flecky, thanks for the concern mate, it means a lot.
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2011
    @Argos that sucks because that's a really nice name. At least you have a good name, even if people are dumb about it a lot!

    People give me shit about my name sometimes. Most often they decide to be "cool" and call me "Theo" instead of my preferred "Ted," but I usually tell them that my grandfather called me Theo because he was the first Ted Roland, and he's dead. They usually shut up after that.

    People call me "Tim" a lot too, which is weird.

    One time I was working where I had a name-tag that I got to make, so I put my name in the plume of a mushroom cloud, and someone asked, "Did you go??"

    "To what?"

    "The conference!"

    "What? That's my name."


    That was pretty stupid.
  4.  (10397.52)
    You wanna talk about names?

    My hillbilly dad named me Billy Wayne Young Junior.

    I'm not even southern.

    I mean, my dad was born in the middleofnowhere Missouri, but I was born north of Chicago. I don't sound like a fucking redneck.

    Now, I live in Texas, and people assume by my name I was born here and I have my own country band, or I'm a serial killer.

    Not only is my first name Billy, not even William, but my middle name is Wayne, the most common name of all criminals in the USA.

    And then fucking Junior. People ask me, if I have a son, will I name him after me.

    Really? Billy Wayne the 3rd? Just rolls off the fucking tongue doesn't it?
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    Over the years I've grown inured to people mispronouncing my surname as "Nicholas" when there's quite clearly no 'a' in there.

    As for the first name 'James' it's amazing how often I answer the phone at work with the required cheery "James Speaking!" and get people addressing me as "Jake", "Shane", "Sean", "Jane" or "Jakes" which I wasn't even aware was a name. Half the time they even ask me to repeat it and still get it wrong.

    The next time someone calls me Jane I think I'll correct them to "The Hero of Canton".
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2011
    Wow, I was just bitching about how people spell your name wrong in emails, even when it's in your email address.

    (Also my magazine spelled my last name wrong in the masthead. See, this is what happens when you take me off copyediting and put me on real editing. Why can't I just do both?)
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2011
    New complaint: I think I have a bruised rib. It didn't hurt after wrestling on Saturday, but ached a bit during work yesterday. Today it's hard to move. Is that normal? I mean, I'm definitely sleeping as awkwardly as usual, so that probably has something to do with it. But it's not like I've been throwing myself about.

    Oh, and another one: Why are all the decently-priced apartments for rent in the Junction? Why is there NOTHING in the east end? I don't want to have to bike across the damn city just to look at a place that I probably won't like. I keep telling myself I have lots of time for the house-hunt this time around (a month and half, as of today) and that I shouldn't stress. But godDAMN I want to be out before mid-January and I want to get a good deal.

    Pah. This month is nothing but a stress-fest. No wonder my body's all "bleurgh."
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2011
    Also, Robin, I just remembered I have some family near Windsor that are LeBlancs. I would be greatly amused if we were related through my obnoxious drunk uncle.
  6.  (10397.57)
    St James Town is pretty cheap on the east side of Toronto, if you rent along the Sherbourne side. $1600/month for a 2 bedroom place, so you'd want to take on a roomie.
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2011
    Lady I was working with at the food pantry is diabetic and at the stage where she's courting nerve damage - the kind that can call for amputation of the legs. A friend of mine, Judy will be getting up in a few short hours with her husband to head to the hospital for a mastectomy. My dad's kidneys are seriously damaged and in some state of kidney disease - which apparently has been going on for decades but in a "silent" phase. Being that fucking everything poisons them I'm scared these days of so much as taking pain killers.

    Find out I have a lot I want to do with my life - finding out I actually do want to live - has a way of making death terrifying. Especially watching people I know go from healthy to not and finally to "terminal." I've watched my elders pass away since I was a kid. But now it's not the certainty of a grave, but the uncertainty of what life is left to them. I have so much to do. They have so much still to do... Who has time for being sick or dying?

    I feel like I'm chasing my tail.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2011
    @ allana: Yeah,moving can be a right pain and they say it can be one of the most traumatic things in life.Still,let's hope you find a place you like over the next month and a half.

    I spent quite sometime in my life in probation hostels,really gross hotels,sleeping on the street,dossing on mates floors and i squatted with a horde of good folk who were mostly studying.People often get the wrong image about squatting.We used to go on huge missions roaming the streets of London busting into houses that had stood empty for years.Warehouses.Chains of hospital units that had seen better days.One crew even did a huge unemployment benefit building which was hilarious.There was a massive space turned into a raving unit and they had bust up old cars inside so if you wanted a break from going loopy on the dance floor you could sit inside them and chill out.There was a notorious place called The Vicarage in central London and the parties there where excellent.Not for the faint hearted.A seething mass of underground nut jobs out of it screaming and laughing their heads off.One place turned into a art gallery and believe me there was some outstanding work there.Really amazing.And guess what? Loads of us were into comics in a big way so even if i was skint there was always someone to lend me some good reading.

    Of course with the good stuff came a hell of a lot bad stuff but that's only to be expected with a bunch of anarchists trying to survive in a crazy city.The filth broke the rules and kicked a door in on a party and it hit a vulnerable girl.Sent her flying.I'd been mixing the tunes and was really out of it.I ploughed into the bastards and had some bully cop in a neck-lock.When i realised what i was doing i whispered into his ear that i was going to let go.They went mad and did they give me a bruising! Outcome:One year conditional discharge.It could have been worse but the crap thing was i'd not been in any trouble for ages so my criminal record was given a nice update.

    Bloody hell.I've got to do more voluntary work today wrapping socks,sweets etc for fellow addicts at the clinic in Fulham.The Service Users Forum,which i'm part of (there's only five of us and the only lady in it is has just had a operation),is putting on a xmas party on tuesday.I'm going to have to be on professional form at that as there will probably be lots of folk under the influence acting out.It's not for me to judge them as that what i was like for a long,long time.It will most likely be chaos but to be honest i love all that shit.

    Ho Ho Ho,Whitechapel.Tis the season for the shit to hit the fan big style.As it usually does.Jingle fooking bells...
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    @flecky - if I ever make it to London, you'll have to give me your own personalized tour with stories and tales of things.