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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

In which I reveal that I am not as clever as I like to think.


My brother Jon and his new wife are living in my parents' basement apartment for the time being. Rachael is an animal lover, so one of the first things they did was buy a new puppy (to go with Rachael's sugar glider). He is an absolutely adorable little english bulldog named Duke.

Duke is a typical puppy, always getting into a little trouble by chewing on things he shouldn't. Sophie was absolutely delighted by him and ignored everyone else from the moment she discovered his existence. A dog just her size (who could still knock her down!), and much more eager to play with her than old lady Daisy, anyway.

Speaking of Daisy, she barely tolerates Duke intruding upon her territory. It's a good thing he lives in the basement, because every time he comes upstairs all he does is nip her ears and try to wrestle with her. And Daisy just barks really loud until someone gets rid of the nuisance. You can't blame her, she's elderly and arthritic and easily annoyed, especially by Duke.

Sometime during our stay up north, somebody mentioned how funny it was that they should have two dogs in the house called Duke and Daisy. Even funnier was the fact that we once had two cats named Princess and Buttercup. I mused upon this comment quite a bit, and couldn't understand why everyone was so enamored with this detail. Duke and Princess are the names of nobility and Daisy and Buttercup are flowers. That was the only connection I could come up with, and somehow I didn't really think it was all that incredible, as both royalty and flora are rather commonly used in the naming of animals.

A few days later, Duke was bugging Daisy in his normal manner, and my brother yelled, "Daisy! Duke!" and the light went on in my brain. Daisy. Duke. Daisy Duke! So that's what was so wonderful about the darn dog names. I excuse myself just a tiny bit, as I haven't seen the Dukes of Hazzard in more than a decade, I'm quite positive. I do understand the to-do about the cat names, and always have (Princess Buttercup--a character in the Princess Bride), but I just couldn't see how they related to Duke and Daisy.

So you see, my cleverness isn't as sharp as it once was. Or, perhaps it never was so sharp, and I'm just now realizing it.

I prefer to think I'm just out of practice.

22 comments :

  1. we'll run with the "out of practice" idea. Afterall, I"m sure you have plenty more to occupy your brain than the lates pet naming theme.

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  2. That's great.

    On a side not I haven't heard from you yet? My e-mail is rachel@robhawley.com

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  3. We would love to get a bulldog. We go to the pet store in the mall and just stare at the beauty of them.
    I am feeling very jealous!

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  4. Ha! Sometimes it takes someone saying things just the right way for a light to come on in my brain as well.

    Cute puppy.

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  5. Hahaha!! Very funny!! the sad part is that I got it from the get go....I used to LOVE me some Dukes of Hazzard!!

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  6. How funny. I do stuff like that frequently. My "excuse" is mommy brain. :)

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  7. This reminds me of a post a friend wrote that she titled "Rated R for violins" (it was about her family playing stringed instruments together). For the life of me I could not tell what was funny about it. I was all, "Violins starts with a v, not an r!!" She actually had to tell me what was so funny about it. I admit it was sort of clever, but the level of humor I see in it was greatly reduced by how long it took me to "get it".

    It's ONLY because we're out of practice. Kids don't make those kinds of observations that often and so we're not all that used to it anymore, right?

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  8. My husband has always wanted a bulldog. That picture is really cute! And I'm with ya on the non-sharpness of my wit and cleverness.

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  9. as soon as you said the names, i knew just where this was going. i guess that's what happens when the dukes of hazard was your little brother's favorite show growing up.

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  10. hahaha! Don't you just love those moments of "DUH!!!?"

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  11. I hate it when I miss the obvious joke.

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  12. I cannot show my husband this post. He would take out a second mortgage on our home to get an English Bulldog. He wants one SOOO bad. And I love the name.

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  13. Lisa is lying (because she is all sweet and nice that way)--your brain is decaying and it will only get worse except that I am WAY ahead of you. (sorry to break the news to you in this here public forum an' all.)

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  14. Maybe you're just pregnant. ;)
    K, I just wanted to say it is also very funny that your adsense is for "Dukes of Hazard Games."
    Amusing.

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  15. Well if it makes you feel better, I didn't catch on either. Oh well. :o)

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  16. SO funny! My brother got a dog like 10 years ago, back in his bachelor days, and somehow my mom ended up with the dog. My brother brought her over in a shoebox so guess what we named her. SHOEBOX. She goes by Shoo Shoo now because she is always in everyone's business!

    Another time...We ended up with another dog (my mom is like Dr. Doolittle) and it was right after Chris left on his mission and I was all sad and missing him. When we got the dog I named him Belgium after where Chris went on his mission. It was so funny to hear everyone calling him Belgium, even after Chris and I got married!

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  17. I love that, I would have gotten that right away. Only because I am street smart. But educated smarts are another thing! So be glad you are smart and educated and have many wonderful talents.
    I love english bulldogs they are so cute and so good woth kids!

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  18. Darling Puppy...you are quite a photographer !

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  19. hhehehehahahha!! It's alright--I have moments like that often. Wait. Maybe every day. :) And that picture of Duke is AWESOME.

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  20. LOL!

    I want to see the sugar glider!

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  21. Ah, don't be so hard on yourself. I would have missed the Princess Bride reference completely. At 33, I can honestly say that I have never seen that movie in its entirety? Yikes! Maybe that makes me a traitor to my generation. :)

    I did, however, catch the Dukes of Hazzard reference. It was a childhood favorite for me and my brother. I know that you haven't seen the show in a while, but are you also telling me that you missed the reunion episode that aired within the last few years? (j/k)

    Absolutely adorable puppy!

    -Francesca

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  22. You know I'm more of a cat person myself, but that is an adorable dog! That is a funny similarity there with Daisy & Duke.

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