Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I'm a Dick

When I was about 8 years old, my father pulled me aside told me to never let anyone call me "Dick." He explained that like Rick or Ricky or Richie, Dick was a commonly used nickname for guys named Richard.

He failed to mention why it would be inappropriate to answer anyone calling me Dick. But after few years in the Boy Scouts, I quickly discovered the multiple meanings of the name.

Today I read about the unfortunate passing of Swim Coach Richard Quick. And thought, how insensitive, or cruel, his parents were to saddle him with a name like that.

I'm sure it was heard many times, in many locker rooms, but today as a fellow Richard, I offer a respectful rest in peace, Mr. Quickie Dickie.

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