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Wednesday, July 25, 2007


posted by on July 25 at 9:20 AM

I suppose I could get up off my ass and turn off the radio… but… I’m doing the NYT crossword puzzle right now…

It looks like they ate that pan of brownies I sent over to the KUOW studios. The local morning show, Weekday, is doing a whole hour on nicknames. Host Steve Scher wants to know “how you got your nickname, and how it affected your life,” and folks are calling in to tell us how they got their nicknames and how their nicknames affected their lives. Online dictionaries should include an MP3 of this mornings weekday next to word “inane.”

Got a nickname? KUOW wants to hear from you. You can call 1–800–289–KUOW right now, or send your nickname to

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My cute nickname is "Blood drenched, psycopathic freakazoid murderous dude". Gee, mom really was a sweet little lady!

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | July 25, 2007 9:33 AM

I still can't believe that Steve Scher has a job...

Posted by bma | July 25, 2007 9:33 AM

Today's show's topic may be inane, but nothing beats the inanity(?) of their Friday shows, where several self-important journalists spend an hour talking about nothing...yet you get the impression that they really think they're talking about something.

Posted by BallardDan | July 25, 2007 9:35 AM

Hey Dan... Hour Two of Weekday will include the status of Army Recruiting in Seattle. Maybe you can call in and tell them how well your war is going. And when your son will enlist.

Posted by DOUG. | July 25, 2007 9:42 AM

Holy shit, DOUG.
Do you really think enough people give a shit about what Dan Savage says that he was the one to push this administration into war? If not, do just spend all day trolling blogs of former war supporters making similar comments?
I hope you're not so unpleasant in person.

Posted by steve | July 25, 2007 9:48 AM

The liberal editor of the liberal New Yorker, a slightly more influential rag than the Stranger, was for the war too:

Go get 'im, Doug!

Posted by EXTC | July 25, 2007 9:55 AM

My nickname is Fnarf. It was given to me by Rob Morgan, maestro of The Fishsticks, The Pudz, and The Mighty Squirrels, in the front room of the Madhouse in the spring of 1978. It has affected my life by making everything about me SUPER AWESOME.

Posted by Fnarf | July 25, 2007 10:03 AM

The less said about Becoming Boomer, the better.

Posted by Boomer in NYC | July 25, 2007 10:06 AM

Dude, if you really wanted to look into it, you'd see that Weekday and The Conversation have about one worthwhile topic every other week, and the rest of the time are just inane.

Posted by Gitai | July 25, 2007 10:14 AM

I'm fat. 'nuff said.

Posted by Big_K | July 25, 2007 10:14 AM

god gave me mines.

Posted by reverend dr dj riz | July 25, 2007 10:17 AM

My mom's nickname was Lolly. My uncle's nickname was Kip b/c he was born on Yom Kippur. We're not Jewish, though. I have no nickname, although my twin brother and I are always referred to in the family as "the boys" even though we're in our 30s.

Oh, and Doug? Lots of good people supported this war b/c of the lies coming out of the administration. Don't fault them. Blame the people who *are* to blame. Namely, those in the Bush administration.

Posted by Michigan Matt | July 25, 2007 10:19 AM

Since my last name is Poe, nicknames like Poser and Po-Po were mandatory. Once college came around and there were, um, 5,000 Josh's, people started calling me Poe because there were just too many Josh's. It stuck. Meh. I hated that name anyway. Now only the family uses it. But I never talk to my family, so...yeah.

Posted by Mr. Poe | July 25, 2007 10:27 AM

Joey is my nickname, and no one here would ever guess my real name.

Posted by Joey the Girl | July 25, 2007 10:43 AM

Considering that Savage Love started with "Hey Faggot" at the beginning of every letter for a long time, does that make Faggot one of Dan's nicknames? Or is that only for conservative idiots who talk about him?

Posted by Leeerker | July 25, 2007 10:55 AM

@12: Those were the lies told by a four-year-old -- easily disproved for those paying attention. If Dan wants to criticize KUOW and Steve Scher for "inane" content, perhaps he should look at his own track record as a player in the local media.

Here's some interesting viewing circa 2003:
Dan Savage on KCTS Connects

Posted by DOUG. | July 25, 2007 11:04 AM

My nickname is Will. Until I was ten, I was called by my second middle name (my youngest brother was using my first middle name). Technically, it ain't a nickname, since it's my first name, but there you are.

Previously, my nickname was Sargeant. Because if you called me by a nickname, that was my rank, and you were in for a world of hurt. ;-)

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 25, 2007 11:43 AM

this was a really inane segment on NPR a few weeks ago. some loser with way too much free time on his hands wrote a book or something. he's outraged at the present state of nicknamery in our society.

why would they steal such a lame idea?

Posted by Bubba BaBoom | July 25, 2007 11:45 AM

could someone shed some light as to why kuow is an enemy of slog? then i can read this story from the correct perspective. thanks.

Posted by brad | July 25, 2007 12:11 PM

@19 You know, that question gets asked pretty frequently, but I've never seen anyone actually answer it. Does anyone know??? This seems to be some seriously archaic Slog trivia.

Posted by kid icarus | July 25, 2007 12:29 PM

My nickname is actually Douchebag, so when somebody calls me that, it makes it more of a "yeah, so?" moment than an "oh, yeah?" incident.

Strangely, I picked the name, but it was purely for business purposes. If you want an actual nickname, we'd have to go back to when I played bass drum in the high school band and was dubbed Big Red Boom Boom.

Posted by Jason Josephes | July 25, 2007 12:45 PM

i was dubbed "Longball" by my friends in college, not for any abnormal anatomy, but for my prowess at scoring goals from the defensemen in foosball. I cannot describe the effect this nickname has had on my life.

Posted by longball | July 25, 2007 12:58 PM

I cringe every time I hear Steve Scher's voice because he is inane and embarrassingly ignorant. And I heard this morning that the show won an journalism award... Really, that's journalism? Who knew?

Posted by Hater | July 25, 2007 1:36 PM

KUOW knows what she did, and that's all I'm ever going to say about it.

Posted by Dan Savage | July 25, 2007 2:05 PM

Would you please send a pan of brownies to my house? I'll talk to myself about whatever you would like.

Posted by Clint | July 25, 2007 3:01 PM

Well crap, if Dan's not going to spill - does anyone else know?

Posted by Joey the GIrl | July 25, 2007 3:01 PM

She left the toilet seat down. Bitch.

Posted by Fnarf | July 25, 2007 3:06 PM

What Joey the Girl said.

Posted by kid icarus | July 25, 2007 3:07 PM

Dammit I thought if anyone would know, it'd be Fnarf.

Posted by kid icarus | July 25, 2007 3:10 PM

Does it have anything to do with Sage Van Wing?

Posted by elrider | July 25, 2007 3:20 PM

Not a fan of the Friday afternoon blah blah. I've only listened to it 2-3 times and stopped when I realized that it was the same people every time. Why not mix it up a bit? These folks aren't even funny. How about someone funny? If it were the same funny person over and over, that would be better.

Posted by hey | July 25, 2007 3:49 PM

I missed this fascinating show, but can anyone tell me if a caller asked Steve if he's ever been given the nickname "Journalist," and if so, how he thinks they came up with that?

Posted by aerosol | July 25, 2007 3:52 PM

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