in(s)ane ramblings: friday five
I'm responding to Nikki's post (she's really pouring her heart and soul into her blog, typical of a newbie), and since I'm just clearing my desk of papers dating from last week before I left for Dubai, it's not such a bad idea.
1.) Do you like your birth-name? Why?
— Yes. When I was younger, "Joseph Angelo" was the only one that stood out in our family since everyone received mostly Spanish-sounding names. It didn't feel right to me then. Now I like it just as it is.
2.) If you could change your name to anything else, what would it be?
— Tough one. I never really thought about it, though there was one time I wrote down about 20 other names on my test paper after I read that one guy had a name for every letter of the English alphabet. I once wanted to have "Steve," "Mark," "Richard" or some other name of some cartoon hero when I was younger. Now, if it helps at all, the name I'd like would be Brad Pitt.
3.) What names would you consider giving your children?
— I'd rather my prospective wife choose the names, since the children would have my last name as part of their name forever. I even thought of having every child with the first name "J" just like for our family. The names I would pick would be: Boys -Conrado, Felipe, Victor, Joaquin, Emmanuel; Girls - Margarita, Catalina/Katrina, Christina, Victoria (naturally, yes?), Carmela. For the girls, it's easier because one of them should be named after my wife, her mother or my mother.
4.) If you had a band, what would you name it, and why?
— The first name I thought of was "Zaxxon Magma" but that was way back in the 80's. My buddy Des thought of the name "Pots and Pans" for a vocal group some ten years ago. Now I'd pick the band name from my blog title.
5.) Is there a name that you completely hate? Why?
— None I could think of. I haven't hated somebody with that amount of passion. As for my name, some classmate called me "Baby Gopher" (derived from my name, but I forget the reason why) and another "Josephus," while still another "Peto." These are the only times I hated somebody making a play on my name. "Joey" and "Joe" are tolerable nowadays. Also, I hate anyone trying to make nice with me by using my nickname when I hardly know them.