Kim from Drunk on Life blog tagged me for the name game post and I am thrilled to participate in this one, because as Kim thought, yes, being in the hospitality biz has made me quite accustomed to encountering people with strange names. However, I still think that one of the strangest names I’ve never heard is my own.
I don’t know why my mom named me Cheney. When I ask her, she says that she read in a book somewhere when she was pregnant and she liked it and that was that. My middle name is Meaghan. Not sure why that normal name couldn’t have come first. I’m still pretty annoyed about that, something that pisses my mother off to no end.
I’ve always hated my name. I’ve never, ever liked it. She thinks that because it’s unique and different that those traits also make it beautiful and fortunate to have.
Well, she’s wrong.
When I was a child, I hated my name because I could NEVER find anything personalized. Pens, pencils, cups, barrettes, you name it – if there was a rack of toys where you could expect to find your name, just forget it. I was probably only five when I knew well enough not to bother even looking.
I was also very young when I realized that people had a hard time seeing my name and pronouncing it correctly.
“Cheeney? Chené? Cheyenne?”
That’s the one I couldn’t fathom, and I heard it all the time.
My name is so foreign that people actually LOOK at the word “Cheney” and then it comes out of their mouths with the “Y” sound in the middle.
What the hell, people??
But it wasn’t until I grew older and began working at a restaurant that required me to introduce myself to my tables and wear a name tag that I really started to hate my name.
The year was 2001.
George Dubya and Dick Cheney had just entered the White House.
The disdain I felt for my name quickly grew to hate, disgust, and resentment.
This has been my life (and my internal dialogue) for the last fourteen years:
“Cheney? Like Dick Cheney?”
(I hate you.)
“Cheney? Are you Dick Cheney’s granddaughter?”
(Are you an idiot? It’s my first name. Unfortunately.)
“Cheney? You aren’t going to shoot me in the face, are you, Cheney? Heh heh heh.”
(Oh, but that I could get away with it like he did.)
And my personal favorite:
“Cheney? Ya like the dick, Cheney?”
(No, I like the pussy. Now get the fuck away from me before I “accidentally” shoot you in the face.)
Yeah guys, this is actually my life. But for the sake of the name game, there’s one part in here that isn’t true. I know I’m not really keeping with the spirit of the game, but if you can guess the untruth in the comments, you will win a prize. It may or may not be a gif of a hot guy dancing, so play at your own risk.
Thanks for the tag, Kim!
I am tagging Justine at Eclectic Odds and Sods to participate in the Name Game Blog Hop next! Here are a list of rules that you should probably choose to follow if you’re a good blog hop blogger, which I guess I’m not:
- Write a paragraph or two about somebody from an ordinary walk of life with an unordinary name. It can either be a true story about somebody you know with that name, or a fictional piece about somebody with a name you made up.
- After you’re done posting your story, send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your Blog Hop II, your blog name and either TRUE STORY or MADE IT UP in the subject line.
- Pick another Nano Poblano team member from the
homeblog roll page and tag them on their About page. Try to spread the wealth around from Fish of Gold’s original blog hop to start, but duplication is OK as the month rolls along.
- The writing cutoff is Nov. 28. By the end of Nov. 29, email to me at email@example.com a list with a guess of TRUE STORY or MADE UP for each post on the blog hop. Put Blog Hop II, Final Guesses in the subject line.
- The Nano Poblano team member with the most correct answers wins a special prize, which I will mail to them. That means you will have to email me your address if you win.
- Add your link to the chain of writers.
- Have fun.
Here are the list of participants so far:
The Chatter Blog
Lucy at the Excessive Gardener
DebraB at Debra Books
Fish of Gold
Crawford’s Creative Corner
Love Marriage Worms
Nerd in the Brain
Kim @ Drunk on Life
Cheney @ Blog Apocalypse