Are you serious?

By Burt Alper

July 21, 2008

Saw a report in this morning’s news about a guy who plans to name his kid after a radio talk show host in return for a $100 gas card (see “Sex, Blood, and Baby Names”). So wrong, in so many ways. First, any of you who are regular readers know how I feel about baby naming. It is not to be taken so lightly. Your kids have to live with this for the rest of their lives. But this case is particularly bothersome (perhaps even more so than some famous actor coming up with yet-another-ridiculous name). A hundred dollars? Are you serious? C’mon. At least hold out for a month’s worth of gas. Heck, a hundred dollars won’t even fill the tank of the father’s (assumed) monster truck. A hundred dollars won’t even cover the fees associated with the kid’s name change in a few years.

I guess I should say this kid got off easy. At least his parents didn’t name him after a semi-retired football player (see previous post). Dixon Willoughby is certainly better than some. But seriously folks, have a little more respect for your kids.

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