Monday, September 01, 2008

A Rose By Any Other Name...

Yesterday, as my friend M and I sat out on the deck at Little Woodrow's on 6th St. sipping beer, the hot little blonde barmaid came outside and was making Jack's acquaintance.
I introduced Jack and asked her name. She responded, extended her hand and asked mine. I shook her hand and with a smile I replied "K-Nine".
"Your name is K-Nine?" she asked.
I explained it was a nickname from college. She seemed satisfied with said explanation.
She asked about Jack and I told her his main job was to attract pretty girls.
"Does it work?"
With my most charming boyish grin I replied, "It sure does."
She left us then, giving me one last backward glance and a little smile.
I turned to find M scowling at me.
It seems M finds it undignified that a man of my advancing maturity would introduce himself with, not only a nickname, but such a bad one. Dignitas has never exactly been one of my strong suits. He also feels it lowers my chances with the opposite sex, should I ever consider to bring another such lovely but dangerous creature into my life.
So... I'm going to turn this one over to the masses.
What say ye, loyal readers? Should I relegate my nickname solely to protecting my anonymity here on the intertubes and retire it in my personal life, or should I continue flaunting my assumed identity in the face of worldly convention?



At September 01, 2008 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

M was right. Unless your nickname is Red or Whitey and your real name is Evelyn... But I guess the real question is who do want to be, Kevin or K-nine? If the answer is K-nine, why do you not want to be Kevin?

At September 01, 2008 3:53 PM, Blogger K-nine said...

Yikes. Right out of the bag. So much for anonymity.

I'll answer all such questions later after I get a feel for which way the wind blows.

At September 01, 2008 4:21 PM, Blogger Jerry said...

But gee, K-Nine, how will you ward off evil in Gotham City if you reveal your true identity?

-- Robin, the boy wonder.

At September 01, 2008 5:44 PM, Anonymous Bou said...

Well... I guess it depends. Giving her your nickname definitely invites her to WANT to find out your real name. Perhaps.

I hung around a lot of Navy fighter pilots at one point in my life. At some point, they did quit being referred to by their call sign in public.

I'm trying to figure out how I'd feel about it if I were a single female. I guess the answer is, does it really matter? People who KNOW my name but know my blog name still call me Bou in public. I think... a name is a name. Its irrelevant.

At September 01, 2008 7:28 PM, Blogger DammitWomann said...

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm - I think using a nickname could work on your behalf. She'll want to know how you got the nickname and why you still use it. Sounds like it could ensure further dialogue. Plus, she probably won't forgot it either. 2 cents worth .....

At September 01, 2008 8:16 PM, Blogger Austin said...

Who is Kevin?

At September 02, 2008 2:49 AM, Blogger M. said...

A nickname from college? Hmmm.

At September 02, 2008 2:54 AM, Blogger M. said...

Oh, and you aren't a fighter pilot. And I said unseemly, not undignified. There is a difference.

At September 02, 2008 7:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's generally not that odd when everyone calls you by a nickname that they know you by. It's a little more strange when you're the only one that calls you by your nickname. If you don't mind giving a woman a fake name, maybe you won't mind if she gives you a fake number.


PS I only use mine here because its what you call me.

At September 02, 2008 10:26 AM, Blogger M. said...

"If you don't mind giving a woman a fake name, maybe you won't mind if she gives you a fake number."

Now that is funny. And true!

At September 02, 2008 12:31 PM, Blogger K-nine said...

Anon: I have no choice... I am both. Call it a rectum or an anus... It's still an asshole.

Jerry: Absolutely. Look at Underdog.

Bou: Thank You.

DW: Thank you too.

Austin: Ha!

M: Yeah, so?

M: un·seem·ly (n-sml)
1. Not in accord with accepted standards of good taste; grossly improper. See Synonyms at improper.
2. Not suited to the circumstances; inappropriate.
In an improper or inappropriate manner.

Hmmmm... We were sitting in a bar, drinking beer...

Rabbit: Granted, there aren't a lot of people who call me that now, but there have been over the years.

Rabbit and M: Never asked for her number, and if my nickname is an issue I doubt I'd want to go out with her anyway. How picky can you get?
(That is pretty funny though)

It seems the only two women to respond (excluding the possibility anon is a female) are on my side... Sort of.

I say it stands. K-Nine I am

At September 02, 2008 3:08 PM, Anonymous JRB said...

From my personal experience, for what it's worth:

Knine is arrogant, swarthy, a heavy drinker, a cigar smoker, loud, and, at times obnoxious. Knine will cuss the dog, throw the nearest object at it then begrudgingly kick the door open and throw him out if he needs to go. He'll give you a rose, because it was there or someone gave it to him and he thinks it'll get him somewhere. There are many women oddly attracted to that. I am not one of them.

Kevin is confident, often quiet and contemplative, smart, well read, a little obsessive about his home and food, and will get up in the middle of the night to take the dog for a walk if the dog needs to go then wrestle with him a bit before going back to bed. He'll never give you roses, not even one, but he will stop and pick you a daisy which is even better. The majority of women will tell you this is the one they want, but it's a lie. Only the good ones among us really want this one.

Thing is, who do you want around you?

At September 02, 2008 3:16 PM, Blogger K-nine said...

Hey. Somebody tell me... Is my nose bleeding?


At September 02, 2008 4:35 PM, Anonymous JRB said...

That wasn't a punch - and you have been punched by me before! :-)

At September 02, 2008 4:47 PM, Blogger K-nine said...

Ok, enough character assassination.

The question was: Use the nickname when introducing myself or not.

At September 02, 2008 5:52 PM, Anonymous JRB said...

That was definitely Knine.
I did answer. In my opinion-
it depends on what kind of people you wish to have around you.....

Neither one's "wrong".

At September 02, 2008 7:38 PM, Anonymous doc said...

"K-Nine" worked pretty well at the strip club in Greensboro, did it not?

--Doc (another member of the Cool Guys Nickname Club)

At September 02, 2008 7:45 PM, Anonymous JRB said...

Thanks for making my point!

At September 03, 2008 11:53 AM, Blogger JihadGene said...

In Norf Korea K-NINE is a number of one of my Gulags. Takes it frums me it is not the "handle" of a chick magnet.

Great reader KIM Jong IL

At September 04, 2008 12:06 PM, Blogger M. said...

How about this--you can introduce yourself by your nickname when you are around anyone else but me. That is like 99 percent of your life.

At September 04, 2008 2:44 PM, Blogger K-nine said...

How about this: Everyone here knows I'm going to do pretty much what I please.
You get to scowl and tell me you told me so.

At September 04, 2008 8:04 PM, Anonymous RedNeck said...

Hell, I'd use the nick man... Bartenders at the steak house GAVE me one. But I did have one more thing to say, my fellow Tarheel...

"Anon: I have no choice... I am both. Call it a rectum or an anus... It's still an asshole."

Hell bud, it stands to reason, if you're "both", well, then, you're all three... ;) And that's a pretty damned good trick.


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