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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

No manners.

I just saw that the coffee shop wrote the word "bike" on my cup, to know whom to bring the coffee to. SHE HAS A NAME YOU KNOW! It is Clara.

14 Comments:

Blogger Louis said...

Why do people always seem to give bikes and cars female names?

11:42 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Dunno. Three of my four bikes have been female, and all my cars.

11:43 AM  
Blogger Noel said...

How do you tell the gender of a bike?

Anyway, I'm sure the coffee shoppist just needs to be introduced.

11:51 AM  
Blogger susan said...

My cars (sedans) have all been male. The first car I drove regularly though was my family's Blazer, and her name was Miss Tits.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous SwissArmyD said...

so when they hand the cup to you, point to the word, and say, "her name is Clara, you know..." They'll remember, just because you said it, hopefully...

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Urban gardening here. Sorry for the political slant. -K.

http://thelineishere.org/?p=47

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Ennis said...

What objects do you name? Do you, for example, name your dining room table? Or your stereo? How about your bed?

I'm really confused as to which inanimate objects people name and why. Personally, I've never felt a need to name my car, but I had a girlfriend who named my computer (she thought that all computers should have a name and how could she develop a working relationship with it if she didn't know what the name was).

2:46 PM  
Blogger arf said...

My car doesn't have a name per-se, but she's definitely a girl-car because she's been running consistently for 7 years with nothing but routine maintenance.

5:15 PM  
Blogger Erik said...

Louis,

Based on my experience it's probably because most of the people naming them are female. I've never met a man who named his vehicles of his own volition, but it seems fairly common for women to do so, or even to name the vehicles of their male friends.

8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure my car is a guy. At the very least, a guy's girl. There's nothing dainty about the thing, nary a feminine flourish.

It's squared off, like a male jaw or shoulders. It's combative (because it's no longer afraid of being hit, and knows it's stronger than those shiny new toys on the road).

It doesn't like to be told what to do - it will squeeze its way into spots that most might say are too small just to prove it can.

It still looks tough even right after a car wash.

It doesn't have a name, though I attribute human characteristics to it at times ("Don't upset him, he still works!").

- Al

8:24 AM  
Blogger Jacqueline said...

Sheesh. They should be drawing a picture of the bike in the foam.

12:59 PM  
Anonymous doctorpat said...

Don't anthropomorphize inanimate objects.

They hate that.

6:10 PM  
Anonymous Ennis said...

I asked a few friends this question at dinner last night, and the female half of this couple said that she actually has named their dining room set, as well as her camera. Basically, she names any and all objects with the slightest bit of emotional significance to her. I guess I don't get that. I love my apartment, but I've never felt it needed a name other than the one it has on its door ...

10:08 AM  
Blogger Tyson said...

All of my guitars had names. They were all girls...It's a guy thing, you know...

3:19 AM  

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