Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Booker: Super Hero, Not Super Speller

Cory Booker, the hero Mayor of blighted Newark, NJ, the main reason Mark Zuckerberg donated $100 million to improve that city's schools, has a spelling problem. A spelling problem with Barack Obama.

Some might say Booker has an Obama problem, based on unrelated incidents, but having lived very close to the Barak/Barack confusion for years now, I can attest that all kinds of people can't tell my name from his. Our homonymity has slightly reduced my anonymity.  Very slightly, and primarily because I persist in writing goofy things like this.

The confusion usually runs in the other direction, but c'mon -- it's just one little letter. A "C," no less. Barely a passing grade. It's not like he lied about his marathon time.  Anyway, I think we can blame Sharon Macklin, Treasurer of Bookerteam for Newark, whose name is on the flyer. Let her take some heat.  

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Still happening ....

It's March 2012, folks. We're five or six years in, and yet, just yesterday (and last week, and all the time, actually) ...

Person at desk: "What's your name?"

Me: "Barak. B-A-R-A-K."

Person at desk: (smiling) "Like the president? I bet you get that all the time."

Me: "Yep."

And then, just to show that I'm not such a bad guy, I say, "No 'C' though," and tell my mom's joke.

Not that any of this is newsworthy. I'm just posting something to show the world this blog is still as relevant and challenging as ever.