Tuesday, June 20, 2006
You can call me "Al"
You ever wonder about the whole "Al" in the Arab language?... you know, that little 2-letter blurb in between two nearly unpronounceable names? I have to be honest, I have not even done a cursory google on it, I'm just assuming I kinda' know what it is.
I'm writing this with a gallon of lemonade within reach (its HOT today!), a 2 foot long straw, my daughter playing a Leap Frog game at my feet and my noggin' just plain tired from the first 2 days of a new job.....
So I'm sitting here wondering what to write,... the killings of the soldiers?... nope. Too depressing. Bush/Rove et al?... next. The war (here comes the up-chuck..), the left or the right or the middle or the center or the..., no! not today ... I just don't know. I am blasting through story after story, blog after blog, thought on top of thought. Nothing.
Then it happened. I see a photo of Saddam Hussein Al Tikrit....Bingo. I start reflecting that his clan or family is from the village or town of Tikrit. What if we Americans had the same tradition of having a suffix surname denoting where we came from. Now I'm cooking.
Lets see. I would be Dardin Edward Al Utica My Girlfriend would be Iris J. Al Arecibo, Betmo would be Betmo Something Al Elmira. ... my Dad would be Eduardo Al Ponce, My Mom Haydee Al Coamo..... QD would be Dave Al Toms River (just go with it QD)....and so on and so forth.
Tongue in cheek aside I think there is some honor and romance to this tradition. Not only do you honor your name and the heritage of your family, but the town you came out-the-chute in gets the props as well. Think of the possibilities (and the monologues by Jay Leno!)... Ronald Reagan Al Tampico (Illinois for those of you in Rio Linda), George Carlin Al Manhattan, Oprah Winfrey Al Kosciusko (Is this Mississippi or Slovakia?), Karl Rove Al Denver, Don Rumsfeld Al Chicago (appropriate), Abraham Lincoln Al Larue County (very Cajun...), Richard Nixon Al Yorba Linda (he must have been an illegal...), Dolly Parton Al Locust Ridge (or Blue Ridge Mountains for that matter...), Mark Twain Al Florida (no.. not the state, Missouri!), and lastly Condoleezza Rice Al Birmingham (sounds like platter #23 at Denny's).
Can you tell I'm bored outta' my mind?...