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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-05-03 04:41
Subject: [funny] Conversations in Omaha
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Tags:cancer, funny, health, omaha, personal, work
On the way out of my hotel yesterday morning to head for work, I stopped to chat with the day manager, who was taking over from the night clerk. (I stay there so often we've all been on a first name basis for years.) We were discussing my burgeoning head of hair, and I mentioned that I'd managed to save the chest port from the recent surgery to remove it. We also talked about the fact that I had samples of my liver and my colon at home. She said, "Only a man would do that." I said, "I carried this stuff around in my body for months and years. Don't women keep their children?"

Later that same day, talking to a woman at the Day Jobbe office about the pronounciation of her unusual surname, she said to, "Yes, sometimes I look in the phone book for dates. I like to pick men with easy last names." This cracked me up.

Ah, Omaha. Comedy gold.

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User: fledgist
Date: 2012-05-03 11:49 (UTC)
Subject: Actually, Jay,
that's not comedy, that's wit.
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User: keikaimalu
Date: 2012-05-03 13:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I would totally have kept the bits of me that have been removed. But in each case, those bits were being minutely examined (and sliced and diced), so there wasn't really anything left by the time they were done.
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Matthew S. Rotundo
User: matthewsrotundo
Date: 2012-05-03 13:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, you know. We aims to please.
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User: klwilliams
Date: 2012-05-03 15:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I have the opposite problem with names, having an extremely common one. I always said that I'd take my husband's name when I got married, and even seriously considered it, until I found out what a pain it is to change your name on your SSN, driver's license, passport, etc. Though I will answer to "Mrs. Brenchley".
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User: supersniffles
Date: 2012-05-04 09:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I managed to hit a miracle window in CA, where all that was required was walking into the DMV and saying, "I changed my name. I am now XXXX."
They let me keep my expired license in the old name and changing everything over was relatively painless. (I did have to wait 7 years and provide a metric zebraload of paperwork to get a passport, but everything else was easy.)
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User: threeoutside
Date: 2012-05-03 16:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
We live to serve. *bows*
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User: melissajm
Date: 2012-05-03 21:52 (UTC)
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I tried to keep my waist-to-toes autographed cast with the "cut along dotted line" marks from my grandpa, but it wasn't as pretty inside.
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User: supersniffles
Date: 2012-05-04 09:51 (UTC)
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It's not that funny. My mother has both an unusual first name 'Netha' pronounced Nee-tha and grew up with a weird last name. She has a story about a teacher getting to her name while calling roll and stopping dead, because she couldn't figure out how to pronounce *either* name. My mom was mortified! That is why my sisters and I were named 'Cynthia', 'Laura' and 'Deborah'. All common, easy to pronouce names. Of course, we wound up shortening to 'Cindi', 'Lori', 'Debbi', all weirdly spelled, but she tried! (Ok, 'Lori' is not oddly spelled except as it relates to her given name, 'Laurie' is more common.)
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