One More Pseudonym

Once at a Boston Market, the teen-aged cashier asked a name they could call out when my order was ready. “Speedo,” I replied, having just come from the pool.

“That’s a funny name.”

“Well, now,” I explained.  “They often call me Speedo, but my real name is Mr. Earl.”

Being a black kid, I thought he would get the joke, but he just replied, “Okay, Mr. Earl.”

I guess a two-generation gap was too much.

(The line is from “Speedo,” a 1950s “do-wop” rhythm and blues song by “The Cadillacs.”  Once cool, you hear it now on Public TV fundraisers aimed at geezers and crones.)

Roger Walck


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My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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