full first name is Atul (pronounced Uh-tool with no accent on any syllable.) It’s not a nickname. It’s not shortened. It’s Indian and I’m proud of it. It’s only 4 letters and 2 syllables yet many
people have a problem with it. They
often see it or hear, don’t recognize it and then proceed to guess at what it
should be (as if reading 4 letters is difficult.) Even worse, they figure out that it sounds
like “a tool,” and get that smirk and snicker because they think it’s
funny. They’re thinking “you’re a
tool.” Turns out I’m not. Do they think they’re going to make me like
them more by trying to make fun of my name? What people don’t realize is that even with
English-acceptable names, there are many that sound like other words. We have just learned to accept them without
thinking twice. To show the ridiculousness
of people making fun of my name and other foreign ones, I have listed some
common names that sound like other words and some equally asinine comments that
could be used in response to their names…
- Matt You must enjoy getting stepped on when people walk in the door. - John You’re named after a toilet - Sandy Were you at the beach lately? - Chuck What do you throw, rocks - Dick You are a jerk aren’t you? - Randy Don’t get fresh with me
First of all, sorry that it has
been months since the last blog post.
I’m sure two or three of you are going through withdrawal. I started a new job, moved, and life got
busy. It won’t happen again.. at least
not for a couple of months.
may not realize it but right now, I am with you in a way… thanks to the
internet. I can communicate with you
without being in the same room. Books do
the same thing but the interweb takes it to a whole other level. I’ve said before that I love the internet,
think it’s making us all smarter.
But I’m realizing that it’s making us lazier and less alive in some
ways. It’s replacing many aspects of our
lives. The internet helps us find
information in a second. It entertains
us, allows us to socialize, helps us do things like pay bills, shop and find
recipes, news, and weather. We even
experience events or places through the internet. We can now interact with our homes and cars
through the internet thousands of miles away.
Basically, the internet is allowing us to do more and more of the things
that make us modern-day humans, and it’s kind of sad. Smart phones and tablet computers only
exacerbate the problem. We’re becoming “interbeings.” We live much of our lives through the internet. One day when they develop technology to hook
up our brains to it, we won’t need our bodies.
just as guilty and perhaps more guilty than the next person of living part of
my life through my computer screen and keyboard. I have become adept at getting things done
on-line. It makes my life more efficient. Why write a check, address and stamp an
envelope, put it in the mailbox when I can set up automatic on-line payments
straight from my checking account? Why
go to the mall to buy something if within a few keystrokes and clicks, I can
have it delivered straight to my door?
It doesn’t make sense to go manual when we are all so busy and when the
busyness of so many jobs and family lives gives us barely a second to spare.