What’s In A Name?

Mrs. Publicist: As promised, What’s In A Name, a little late, but here! What character name should we discuss, Spence?
SQ: I believe I saw a reader (from the reknowned Plunderer subset) question about Bernie’s Porsche, and the Porsche – actually 3 so far in the series – is a sort of character. The name was already in place, of course, but the big decision was to make the model not a brand new Carrera, but an old and dinged up relic.
Mrs. P: Because that tells us something about Bernie?
SQ: Either way it would, but brand new wouldn’t be him, even if he could afford it.
Mrs. P: And each one in the series is older and more dinged up than the last?
SQ: Exactly. Which opened the door for a mechanic in the stories – Nixon Panero.
Mrs. P: Who painted martini glasses on the body of the most recent one. Meaning C&B were sure to get pulled over. So that led to the role of the motorcycle cop, Fritzie Bortz?
SQ: You see how these things work! Should we go into Ferdinand Porsche’s Nazi past?
Mrs. P: Maybe not today. I’ll see you next month for more of What’s In A Name.


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57 Responses to “What’s In A Name?”

  1. Wose-the small and meek
    7:30 am on July 19th, 2016


    Wow, Spence is up early!

    The heat and humidity are gone, and the next few days should be very pleasant here in this neck of the woods…Perfect for my visit to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. I also discovered the home that Humphrey Bogart lived in until he was 23 is not too far from the cathedral, so I plan to stop there.

    Off to a wonder-fluffing appointment this morning.

    Good day to all!

    Thanks, Spence for choosing my question!

  2. Herd of Hounds
    7:39 am on July 19th, 2016

    Good morning, Wose and everyone! Really like the What’s in a Name? (especially without the facebookie add covering part of it) Wose, enjoy the wonderfluffing. Wish the temp and humidity here would break! Mom is getting ready for Toddler Tuesday,
    Have a too-too tinsely Tuesday (especially for Belle).

  3. B.Stover
    9:28 am on July 19th, 2016

    I have to look up Ferdinand Porsche.

    Good morning all.

  4. B.Stover
    9:54 am on July 19th, 2016

    The Wikipedia article on Ferdinand Porsche is very interesting. He also designed the Volkswagen which means “people’s car.”

  5. Staff
    10:13 am on July 19th, 2016

    And now for something completely different…

    Loons. Diving. A minnow is eaten. Not for the minnow lovers. I love the bass guitar music.

    BStover Why is a bass (fish) pronounced to rhyme with past and a bass (guitar) or (voice) to rhyme with base? grump.

  6. Staff
    10:14 am on July 19th, 2016
  7. Barb, Maggie & Angel Lucy
    10:30 am on July 19th, 2016

    I read the name segment yesterday. Always fun. I agree that Bernie wouldn’t drive a new Porsche, but why that make at all? Why not an old Mustang or another “muscle car”?

    Have fun Rose. I am also going to get wonder-fluffed this morning.

    Tomorrow it is back to work. I may be quitting. Boss guy still has not addressed the issue of more money since my work load is now double. This new guy said he would prefer not to talk to his clients, we should handle their calls. What? Isn’t he supposed to be their agent?

  8. B.Stover
    11:33 am on July 19th, 2016

    Staff: I don’t know the answer to your question about “bass” but I’ll see what I can find out.

  9. Tupper and Gilly
    11:33 am on July 19th, 2016

    Good morning all. We are having a grand day barking and running in circles. Seems that there are some repair guys on our roof, fixing something called “flashing” All we know is – they hammer, we bark. They roof, and we woof.
    We are driving Mama crazy.

    Barb – stand your ground. You are well within your rights, and if you leave, they will be in a tough position. Therefore…..

  10. Staff
    12:19 pm on July 19th, 2016

    Barb, I think maybe it is time for you to take some vacation time while they ponder your loss. think of the gardening you can do. Those weeds will be toast!
    Then if the new guy still doesn’t cave you can retire again! I would plan to retire just before the nasty winter weather. LOL

  11. Wose-the small and meek
    12:28 pm on July 19th, 2016

    I am wonder-fluffed! :^)

    BMAL: When I asked about Bernie’s car, I meant the question you posted…Why a Porsche? Why not a Gran Torino, a Grand Prix, a Mustang (like the one in the film “Bullitt”)?

    As for work, they are lucky to have you…Do what makes you feel right.

  12. B.Stover
    12:45 pm on July 19th, 2016

    Staff: Bass (the fish) is derived from Old English “baers.” (The “ae” is the ash and should be written as one letter but I don’t have that on my laptop keyboard.) It has a short “a” sound as in “ash.” It is also interesting that we have deleted the “r” sound just as we did in “arse. (The Old English word is derived from the German for perch, “barsch.”)

    Bass (the sound) is derived from Middle English “base.” (It was derived from German “bass.”) During the Middle Ages, scribes put an “e” on the end of some words to indicate that the vowel was pronounced “long.” (Other examples are “not,” “note,” “hat,” “hate.”)


  13. Tupper and Gilly
    1:00 pm on July 19th, 2016

    Word derivation is certainly lots more fun than listening to the political jibber jabber.

    We suggest Tenzing for President. After all, he makes a great pillow. AND he brings snacks!

  14. BearSpiritDog
    1:45 pm on July 19th, 2016

    One of our Favorite Nature Videos. Love, love the Bass Guitar!

    Barb,Magpie,AngelLucy: The New Guy…What a prima Donna! Just Who does he think he is

  15. Masquers
    1:53 pm on July 19th, 2016

    Porsches and VWs. Ferdinand “Ferry” Porsche, son of the company’s founder, made the first Porsche-the 356. He also designed the Beetle. Both cars had a four-cylinder, air-cooled engine right at the back and they shared several parts.
    We always said the Porsche is just a classy VW Bug.

  16. Masquers
    1:57 pm on July 19th, 2016

    Memories…and then there was the Karmann Ghia.,,sigh.

  17. BearSpiritDog
    2:02 pm on July 19th, 2016

    Our Apologies to Prof B, who has already Done the Research on Ferdinand Porsche.

  18. Barb, Maggie & Angel Lucy
    2:07 pm on July 19th, 2016

    The thing is, I did some checking around since John has procrastinated on talking about job issues. I am much closer to starting rates than those for experienced assistants. Also permanent p.t. employees are entitled to some vacation and sick time, usually about half what a full time person would get. I only get paid for time worked, period. I think John has a sweet deal and I am feeling under valued and under appreciated.

    Unfortunately the company has created a problem with the young agents. They are assigned a “book of business” when they start, but are not paid for servicing it, only for business they write. Therefore, they are not overly inclined to spend much time talking to these assigned clients. One told me she had not met him in the 5 yrs he has been with the company!

  19. Herd of Hounds
    2:25 pm on July 19th, 2016

    Mom had a 1964 VW transporter (read van) that she called “Hitler’s Revenge” 🙂

  20. Masquers
    2:27 pm on July 19th, 2016

    BMAL: We cry foul! It doesn’t seem right not to be compensated for your years of experience.

  21. Wose-the small and meek
    2:44 pm on July 19th, 2016

    Masquers: The Karmann Ghia…That was my older brother’s first car. I loved that car!

  22. Herd of Hounds
    2:50 pm on July 19th, 2016

    BMAL, just because you wish to work part time is no reason to be abused by a “lazy” new patner. They are lucky to have you! Stand up for your check. Don’t you do time for the “full time” gal who seems lazy to us?

  23. B.Stover
    6:33 pm on July 19th, 2016

    I had a friend who had a Karmann Ghia–lovely car.

  24. Wose-the small and meek
    6:55 pm on July 19th, 2016

    HRH,B: My brother’s KG was red…my favorite color.

    AAAAWOOOOO! Tonight there is a full Buck Moon…


  25. Barb, Maggie & Angel Lucy
    6:57 pm on July 19th, 2016

    Nicole is not full time. She works Mon and Tues and then I work the rest of the week. I would not call her lazy. It is more like she is not focused or motivated. She has soooo many family issues (daughter, pre-teen who is cutting herself and in therapy, mother in law in a psych ward, and on an on. There is so much dysfunction that she does not pay attention to her job.

    I am dreading going to work tomorrow, and I am too old for this!

  26. Barb, Maggie & Angel Lucy
    6:59 pm on July 19th, 2016

    Thanks for the moon information!

  27. Diane C.
    7:09 pm on July 19th, 2016


  28. BearSpiritDog
    7:10 pm on July 19th, 2016

    Full Buck Wolf Moon! AaahROOO !! AAAHROOOO!!!

  29. Diane C.
    7:10 pm on July 19th, 2016

    Oh–and you also reminded me of a Carmen Ghia–a character in an opera called “Bob and Carol and Hansel and Gretel” (although I’m sure there are other similarly-named characters elsewhere–in the Producers, e.g.)

  30. BearSpiritDog
    7:14 pm on July 19th, 2016

    DianeC: Blitzkarren!

  31. Masquers
    7:18 pm on July 19th, 2016
  32. Herd of Hounds
    7:38 pm on July 19th, 2016

    And speaking of the buck moon…4 bucks went through the yard this early afternoon. A very unusual event!

  33. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:53 pm on July 19th, 2016

    Barb!…Ask yourself the question, “How do I really want to spend my time each day?”…snort!

  34. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:03 pm on July 19th, 2016

    Moon!…Full Buck Wolf Moon!!…snort!….We will definitely be outside on the little patio tonight looking up at that ole Moon!…wheeze!

  35. Tupper and Gilly
    8:17 pm on July 19th, 2016

    That Borgward is kinda nice looking. But we wouldn’t want to answer people’s question “What do you drive?”
    We think people would snicker.

  36. Wose-the small and meek
    8:34 pm on July 19th, 2016

    Masquers: I kind of like those Borgwards. :^)

    RIO! Was anything special on your dinner menu this evening?

  37. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:41 pm on July 19th, 2016

    Rose!….sniff!…Nope. Just kibble and a little dried out hamburger…grunt!…My friend had left-over Manicotti she baked this past weekend and sliced tomatoes and cucumber from the Farmers Market…..burp!

  38. Wose-the small and meek
    8:51 pm on July 19th, 2016

    RIO! Egads! No manicotti for you? :^(

  39. Barb, Maggie & Angel Lucy
    8:52 pm on July 19th, 2016

    I had THE first tomato from my garden today! Wooo hooo! A Paul Robeson, my fav.

    Going to go out and look at the moon before going to bed.

    Roi, Good question. Thank you!

  40. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:05 pm on July 19th, 2016

    Roi!….sniff! burp!

  41. Thieves!
    9:15 pm on July 19th, 2016

    BMAL: If you get to a point where you want to negotiate with your boss, you might call on Luna to represent you. She is a skilled negotiator. She has even talked Mother into granting us an early release from Mother Jail.

  42. Masquers
    9:15 pm on July 19th, 2016

    Lol…that one slipped right by me…funny how one otter-corks automatically.

  43. Masquers
    9:24 pm on July 19th, 2016

    Thieves! Luna can always be counted on to save the day.

  44. Barb, Maggie & Angel Lucy
    10:02 pm on July 19th, 2016

    Night all. Headed off to slumber land.

  45. Tupper's Mama
    10:08 pm on July 19th, 2016

    Ummmm – Thieves….isn’t there some news from the kennel that you would like to share? Even if AJ is suspicious.

  46. Belle Starr
    10:16 pm on July 19th, 2016

    That Damn Pixie often says, ‘This is Luna and Luna’s dog, Belle Starr.’ But, now she will have to add, ‘And this is Nigel, Belle Starr’s dog.’ That Damn Pixie’s good judgment finally kicked in and I have a Nigel of my very own. He is mine, mine, mine!

  47. Barb, Maggie & Angel Lucy
    10:16 pm on July 19th, 2016

    Tell me the news before I sign off! A new litter?

  48. Barb, Maggie & Angel Lucy
    10:19 pm on July 19th, 2016

    OMD! Nigel is adorable! Is he a sled dog? He is sooo cute!

  49. Thieves!
    10:19 pm on July 19th, 2016

    Golinka: Our Lady says the kennel was built on a high degree of suspicion on the Giant’s part. She says she is sure the Storyteller would approve.

  50. Thieves!
    10:21 pm on July 19th, 2016

    BMAL: Our Lady says Nigel’s position on the team is that of hood ornament for the sled. He is five and can be divided into thirds—1/3 for his right ear, 1/3 for his left ear, and the remaining third for the rest of him.

  51. Thieves!
    10:41 pm on July 19th, 2016

    Rio: Our paws to Dog, Nigel wondered out loud what a chap has to do to get a kiss around here. Heh.

  52. Tupper's Mama
    10:41 pm on July 19th, 2016

    Thieves – we think a case could be made Nigel started out as a sled dog, but was held by the ears and dipped into hot water. Most of him shrunk to pocket size.
    But those ears!…….

  53. Staff
    10:46 pm on July 19th, 2016

    Oh what a cutie. Those EARS!!!

    We want to know his back story…

  54. Thieves!
    10:51 pm on July 19th, 2016

    Staff: Is a backstory the same as an alibi?

  55. Macy min pin
    11:17 pm on July 19th, 2016

    I love Nigel’s ears. They are nearly as impressive as mine. Nearly.

    Barb, congrats on your tomato. May there be many more.

    Goodnight y’all

  56. chobbitz
    12:38 am on July 20th, 2016

    Nigel: I bequeath you my old scholl’s motto: Small but Mighty and Proud.
    Thieves: you probably know by now that it is the little ones you have to watch out for.

  57. Thieves!
    1:03 am on July 20th, 2016

    CHobbit: You make a good point. Quick! Everyone pay attention to Nigel’s every move and ignore us. We will just sit quietly and think of our favorite bible passages.

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