Wednesday, March 01, 2006

does anyone else do this?

Because I am completely anonymous in the prayer room, and others are just as unknown to me, I assign names for the regulars based on who they look like. Recently, I have seen George Bush, Laurie, Kim Bargeron, Melinda, Lane, Scooter, Minta McDavid (which is odd, because I've only met the actual Minta McDavid a few times, but she's still there), and Dick Cheney (Dick Cheney and George Bush do not hang out). There are the occasional faces that I actually know, because their name has been listed somewhere, and I usually let them keep their given names. When the person does not resemble a celebrity or loved one, I assign them names based on their distinguishing characteristics. My favorite worship leader is The Revelation Four Guy; there's also the Circle Lady (because she moves her head in a circle when she sings, which is both comical and distracting), and the Tall Woman. Brian likes to avoid the "Strengthen The Inner Man!" Man, who tends to be a little intense for Brian's taste.

It's strange that I do this, I think. I feel a little like the guy in that short story that everyone had to read in the 8th grade, where the entire story is his imagination (remember? He flies an airplane, and all kinds of other interesting things. I think he's waiting for his wife in the grocery store, or something like that). The things we'll do to feel like we belong ...

I wonder what name someone else has assigned to me.

5 comments:

Nick M. said...

I DEFINITELY (whoa I think Mary is starting to become contagious) do this all the time. In fact just yesterday I saw "Higgins" from Magnum P.I. at the bank. And I play church league basketball against "Johnny" from Karate Kid.

Scooter said...

Thats so funny! You have your own little Pooh's Corner or something.

Madame Rubies said...

Yes and no. I do similar to church members. I may assign them names according to their kids or what ministry they are involved in. before I could remember Randy P's name, he was "The Boy Scout Guy," etc...

Stephanie said...

Scooter, I DO have my own little Pooh corner. What a great name for it.

I forgot one ... Hagrid has coffee a few times a week. He has a hard time fitting in just one chair, that one, but he has a good heart. ;)

Scooter said...

We have George Bush, the real estate man, around here. I saw him in the newspaper the other morning. This man looks way, WAY too much like W. And at the gas station right up the road from work, there is APOO, as in Mr. Apoo from the Simpsons.