Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Squirrel's Nut Cache - 5/21/09

The Nut Cache - a collection of recent things I found interesting, or amusing, or nutworthy.

This goes along with yesterday's post about the supposed "Missing Link." The guessing game as to when life began on Earth continues full force. Notice how many times words and phrases like "might," or "could have," or "possibly" occur in this article about new computer model predictions. When you reject the truth, it's only a question of, "Which lie will you believe?"

So, parents, what did you name your kids? How did you pick the names? Honoring family history? A favorite Bible character, maybe? The popularity of baby names changes slightly each year, but unusual names, or unusual spellings of more common names, are becoming more popular, also. Read the story in USA Today. And here's a wonderful source provided by the Social Security Administration that charts the popularity of the top 1000 baby names each year. (My name, Eugene, was #120 the year I was born. It's #691 this year)

So, you’re the head of a major bank. The bank loses $6.7 billion while you’re in charge. You’ve been forced out, but you still get a chauffeur and private secretary and a generous pension package, worth hundreds of thousands of Euros a year? I want these guys to fire me!

"And the Lord spake, saying, 'First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin, then shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it. Amen.'" Yeah, there's a story here!

I feel very strongly about civic duty. I've served on a jury, as, I'm sure, have many of you. It's never convenient; it's always a bother; arrangements must be made; but we do it. I've got to admit, thought, sometimes doing something like this would be fun! I mean, I can understand why he did it... I just don't recommend doing the same.

Sometimes blood is thicker than chocolate, other times, not. All is not sweetness and light where the Goumas family and their candy businesses (yes, plural) are concerned.

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Sir Aaron said...

Hah, Eugene, I have you beat! I was born in 1975 and my name was #32.

I gave much thought to naming my daughter. In the Bible, the names actually meant something. So I wanted my daughter's name to be chosen with care with some significance. I decided I wanted her initials to match mine so that limited names to A. Then I preferred a Hebrew name and I wanted something unique that had an appropriate meaning behind the name. I named her Ariel.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

LOL... loved the story about the Holy Hand Grenade... "five is right out!"

And the names - funny story: when I was born (in 1966) my parents named me "Julie" - well, you've probably noticed that. Anyway, my great-grandmother, whose name was Myrtle, with sons she named Dana and Kharus, and daughters she named Clela and Zila, looked my mom in the eye and said, " ' Julie'? That's a mighty strange name."


When I named my kids my thought process went like this:

When someone hears the name they should be able to spell it. (Hence, we won't be naming a little girl "Chryn" and saying "Karen".)

When someone sees the name, they should be able to pronounce it.

And, being married to a Kerry, and having a dad named Kim... girls get girl names and boys get boy names!

That's my .02

Julie :0)

Craig and Heather said...

You don't have enough room on your blog for me to explain how we come up with names for our children. Heather and I each make lists and then the bargaining process begins. We look at meanings of names, and how they sound, we consider what initials will be (to avoid trouble for our children later). It is a long process to be sure. I am glad God gives us 9 months to come to a decision.

Tyson David means "beloved son" (and he is my beloved son)

Alicia Colleen means "a girl who loves the truth"

Tobey Dakota (our third daughter) means God is good (Tobey) and Friend (Dakota) So her name means God is a good friend.

Annika Joy means Grace and joy

Ruby Katherine means "a precious jewel that is unique or one of a kind"


Herding Grasshoppers said...

I've always thought that before you settle on a name you need to stand at the back door and yell it out, at the top of your lungs, 10 or 20 times.

Just to make sure.