Were you ever bullied in school?
I was nearly bullied in one school and I lucked out and got the best of him in a small physical confrontation. I wasn’t so lucky in the next school, I got the most bruises.
Did you ever bully anybody?
No, I never was in a position to bully anyone; but I have befriended guys that were. My closest friend became Donald Bentley in school, drawn together by mutual hate of a certain group in our school.
As kids we used some nick names, were they bad? I don’t know about that. I had a friend, who had a hair-lip and a very red complexion. He was called Red-eye Key (last name key). He never seemed to mind his ‘nick’ name, but you can never know what is in someone’s mind.
In school there was a ‘WildMan’, ‘Chosey’, ‘Stump’, ‘Foureyes’ and a ‘Chubby’. I didn’t know all these guys, just that they were called by their nick names. Reading all the controversy about some Chinese lady who believes an overweight child should be called Fatso, to challenge them to lose weight, brought all this up. Some said it worked as reverse psychology, others said all it accomplished was to drive them further into their shells.
(don’t make your girl mad if she has a backhoe)
There was a boy in Belmont who was called ‘Dummy’ because he could not hear. Should have been called Deafy, but us southerners are different. I did not know him, but everyone that knew him seemed to agree he accepted it as if it were Speedo or something.
Now, since I have been on the internet I have been called many names, ie: cupcake, Hushpuppy, Jelly Bean, French Fry, Cocoa nut, Frosted Flake, Beanie Baby, Firefly, Sparkler, Grasshopper, Pussy Cat, Caroler, Eggnoggin, chestnut, Little Elf, Snowflake and Fruitcake. And that was just from one guy. You know him as Jimmy, but I refuse to use his name. I feel Demeaned and bald.
‘Wild man’ was the best mechanic around and kept up several dirt track cars.
True confession: My nick-name was: ‘Jacktum-meyanktum- hicstankstanktum-bowlegged-knockkneed-pigeontoed Jacktum.’ Of course my dad was the only one who could remember it thank goodness.
I appreciate you coming by the log to boost my fledgling ego.
PS1: Sad note, Sweet Debbie over in Boondocks, just e-mailed me last nite, Bill our friend from ‘Just Bill’ passed away back in November. She found it and let me know. Bill was a friend we missed in Pennsylvania as we went thru.
Phrase used when this car was new:
(1955 Chrysler Windsor)
'I read the other day where some scientist thinks
it's possible to put a man on the moon by the
end of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas, something that is impossible.’