Friday, June 20, 2003

Today in the modern South there are parents who name their male children Bubba. As hard as it is for some of you to believe, this sort of thing actually does occur. There's a racecar driver on the local Late Model Stock circuit named Bubba Urban, Jr., which means, of course, that there's a Bubba Urban, Sr. Why would parents weigh a child down with a name like Bubba? Don't they realize that people are going to make lots of unfair assumptions when they find out their child's name? And don't they realize they're closing a lot of doors to that child? No one named Bubba is going to be a respected lawyer, brain surgeon, judge, computer programmer, CEO, novelist, etc. Would you consent to be operated on by someone named Bubba? I wouldn't, not even if Doctor Bubba was a genius. Thankfully the Bubba phenomenon isn't quite that common; I've never met a Bubba. (I met an Elvis once, but that's a different story.)

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