Archive for March 2011
I used to hate Twitter. The idea of a place where thousands of people listen to the ramblings of random celebrities sounds horrible to me. Well my view changed once I found out about fake/faux twitter accounts. I love the idea of fake corporations, fake celebrities, animals, or objects telling us about their fake everyday lives. It’s comic gold. I loved the idea so much that I decided to join in on the fun. So now instead of just my standard twitter account @TasteTheBacon you can check out the ones below.
Hey you know that jerk that you dated in high school? He has a twitter account that will take you back in time. @HighSchoolBF
Ever wonder what OPEC was thinking? Ben Larrison and I decided to make an account so you did. @iamOPEC
Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation was a live action show that was on Fox kids in 1997. A friend of mine thought it would be a good idea to do some commentary on the first ridiculous episode of this series. In the future we might do other kids shows or movies, but it really depends on what you think about it. Let us know if you want to see more.
Many of you already know that I’m taking improv classes here in Chicago. What some of you don’t know is that I’m also doing some stand up. The video below was recorded at The Edge Comedy Club. It was a busy night so we only had a little over 2 minutes each.
I found this awesome gem on youtube while looking at Chicago St. Patrick’s Day videos. I don’t want to make assumptions, but I’m pretty sure these guys are drunk.
Names are a very personal thing. Many people get angry when their names are mispronounced and a lot of people are very particular about which variation of their name they want people to use. EXAMPLE: Some people named Richard like being called Rick, but others might hate being called Dick.
Your name is something you emotionally identify with it and it becomes apart of you. The same thing applies to me and my last name. Everyone I know calls me Bacon: My friends call me Bacon, my teachers called me Bacon, and even my co-workers call me Bacon. The only people that don’t call me Bacon are my family members, but that’s because they are also Bacon.
Most people have no problem calling me Bacon right away, but some people are hesitant. Here is a typical first conversation with those people:
Person: Nice to meet you, I’m (guy/girl name).
Myself: Hi, I’m Bacon.
Person: Um, I don’t know if I feel comfortable calling you Bacon. What’s your real name?
Myself: Bacon is my real name.
Person: Seriously, your parents named you Bacon?
Myself: No, it’s a birth name, my last name.
Person: OH! It’s not your real name, it’s your last name.
Myself: My last name is a real name and I prefer to go by it.
Person: Well what’s your first name?
Myself: Robert, but once again I would like to be called Bacon.
Now we get to the whole point of this post. I’m sorry, but Bacon is my real name. Just because it’s my last name doesn’t make it less of a name. As a matter of fact, I will argue that your last name is more of a “real” name than your first name. Think about it: last names are handed down from generation to generation, with no one (except in specific cases) even thinking about changing them. Your first name is just some random thing that your parents wanted to call you. If I had a kid and I wanted to name him Fish Sticks, I could (and I might).
Why do people do this to me? You would never meet someone named Charlie and ask him what his “real name” was, despite the fact that his “real name” could be Charles. Why are these people allowed to change their names without question, but I get the WTF face?
I don’t think of my name as a joke. I just think of it as the name that I prefer to go by. I don’t think Bacon is a weird name at all. It’s short, easy to remember, has a good mix of consonants and vowels, and is probably the most delicious name ever.