02 November 2007

The Story of Spaghetti

James is an avid creator of rhyming nicknames. This hobby dates back to his early years as a punk kid. To annoy his younger sister, he called her Julie Poolie the Magical Foolie.

The way Julie explained it, this nickname brought her to a whole new level of pissed-off-ness. She can laugh about it now, but back then a mere utterance of the phrase filled her with intense rage.

Goofy nickname
+ Any reaction
= Way cool and awesome lifelong hobby

Let the nicknaming begin

Nickname is another word for pet name, so I’ll list a few Pet Name Creations a la James.

Our dog, Nico, is also known as Nico Double Bico.
Which was subsequently shortened to Double Bico.
And Bico.
Next evolved Double Stuff.
Then Stuff.
Then Double Stuff Bico.
Double Stinko.
Double Sneako.

Jeannette is a safe name. It doesn’t rhyme with much and I have only twice successfully incorporated 'Jeannette' into a song of some sort. (Okay, this isn’t exactly the same as Nico Double Bico nicknaming, but it’s kind of in the same ballpark parking lot.)

Exhibit A:
Sung to the theme of a Gillette razor commercial
*Jea-nnette!* The best! A man! Can geeet!

Exhibit B:
Sung to the theme of The White Stripes: I’m Lonely (But I Ain’t That Lonely Yet)
She's homely, and she's cranky
And her **name is Jea-nnette**.

*Gillette* was replaced with *Jeannette*.
**Hair's in a net** was replaced with ** name is Jea-nnette**.

What else can you do with Jeannette?

Leave it to a professional to rhyme my name with Spaghetti. It’s simple, really. Just tack on a Long E to the end of my first name and I become Jeannette-E Spaghetti.

If only the E were short for something. Then it can also be like a pen name or something, ya know, Jeannette E. Spaghetti. If only.

I KNOW! Eats! Jeannette Eats Spaghetti!

Sa-WEET! I now have a middle name to go with that middle initial.

Then I wanted to blog.

For a long time I was hesitant because I don’t have a niche. I don’t have one thing that I’m totally motivated by, totally focused on. Everyone seems to be focused on their family, or work, or the news, politics, whatever. I’m the opposite of focus. I’m all over the place. I like a wide variety of topics. I like whatever. And I love Spaghetti.

Jeannette Eats Spaghetti …then blogs about whatever.

I like it.

I might just wear it ‘til it stinks.


  1. I used to work with a pretty redhead named Edra.

    It was such a stodgy name for such a cute young thang.

    The juvenille rhyme among the guys in the office was: "Edra. Redra. Skinny as Ephedra. You look so fine, ya' know I wanna bed ya'."

    After four cups of coffee I can think of PLENTY of inappropriate rhymes for "Jeanette."

    I'll spare you. That guy in the Flicker photos looks like he could pretty handily kick my ass.

  2. Too funny - I'm Jeannette E. Spaghetti too. (with the Meatball eyes) LOL



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