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The Paralympics Fire Back After Trump Calls Them ‘Tough to Watch’

Hours after President Donald Trump called the Paralympic Games “tough to watch,” the organization called on the President to join the billions of viewers around the world who are inspired by the competition.

“Record numbers of people around the world are not finding @Paralympics tough to watch,” the organization tweeted on Saturday. “Billions of viewers now take in the Paralympics in hundreds of countries around the world. We hope the US President continues to watch and be inspired by the Paralympics.”

The tweet comes in response to a remark Trump made at a Friday ceremony celebrating this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. “What happened with the Paralympics was so incredible and so inspiring to me,” Trump said at the ceremony, according to The Daily Beast. “And I watched — it’s a little tough to watch too much, but I watched as much as I could.”

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Can MoviePass Save You Big at the Cinema? A Tough Critic’s Review


Even if you’re no cinephile, you’ve probably heard tell of the famed and slightly mysterious MoviePass, a month-to-month service offering subscribers nigh-unlimited cinema screenings for just $ 9.95 per month.

If that price seems shockingly low, it’s because it is. In August, MoviePass dropped its rates from more than $ 30 — and as much as $ 50 in some markets — to Netflix-level cheapness, a move that raised eyebrows the internet over. In fact, we covered it ourselves.

TPH’s esteemed Lisa Rowan isn’t the only one who’s skeptical. Type “how can moviepass” into Google, and top auto-suggested searches include “make money,” “be so cheap,” and “stay in business.” Puzzlement and speculation about its business model have been published by Forbes, Fortune, MarketWatch and Business Insider. (Spoiler alert: The company plans to leverage your user data for advertising dollars — that is, it tracks your cinematic habits and will sell that valuable info to advertisers.)

But regardless of how MoviePass might turn a profit and whether or not it’ll stay in business long enough to do so, there’s another important question to consider: Is it a service worth subscribing to in the first place?

MoviePass is Cheap, But Is It Worth It?

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Movie pass offers convenience when heading out the theater. Carmen Mandato/ The Penny Hoarder.

I see a lot of movies. In fact, a quick glance at my religiously-tended Mint account shows I spent more than $ 300 on movie theater outings in 2017 — a rather hefty sum, even if it does include concessions, which I usually skip.

For a Penny Hoarder, it seems like a silly expense. Spending $ 10 or more (easily double that, if I cave on my popcorn craving) just to sit in a dark room, usually by myself, and watch a picture? I mean, I’m already getting Netflix for free, and I have a whole refrigerator at home.

But there’s a certain inimitable romance to the theater, from the ugly, kernel-covered carpet to the scent of overpriced, greasy fare. Plus, seeing a movie is a great midday brain break — i.e., procrastination tool — for a freelance writer.

So when the price dropped, and a quick website check revealed that even the two-screen indie theater in my little north Florida burg was participating, I bit. I could theoretically see every movie on the roster for the price of one.

It seemed like a no-brainer. But, of course, not everything is as it seems.

I Tried MoviePass, and Here’s What Happened

I must admit, the service was finicky at first. In fact, I nearly canceled.

Here’s what happened:

I signed up for MoviePass in early December, and a day later received the following email:

“Thanks for subscribing to MoviePass! Your personalized card has been ordered and should arrive in about 5 to 7 business days. Once your card arrives, log in to the MoviePass app and activate your card. You’ll then be ready to check in at the theater and start seeing the movies you want. It’s that simple!”

Sounds great, I thought. Sure enough, a week later, I pulled a bright red card from an unmarked white envelope. I was stoked — I’d been holding off on seeing a film until it arrived, and I hadn’t been to the theater since before my months-long stint in Europe.

So I hopped in the car and headed to the above-mentioned indie theater to go see “The Florida Project.” But when I arrived, the app wouldn’t let me check in. Apparently, card activation is not an instant process, despite the promised simplicity in the ambiguously-worded email.

Unwilling to front the $ 8 to see the film out of pocket (yes, I’m cheap), I climbed back into my car, summarily bummed out. However, that evening I received a response to my customer service query stating my account would activate the following day, which seemed… fairly reasonable.

Two days later, I decided to try the other theater in town — a larger, franchised location — this time for a showing of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

But once again, the app wouldn’t check me in, offering some sort of strange error about my account being “in an incorrect status to create reservations.”

 

At this point, I was upset. Mercifully, the box office lady took pity on me, comping me the ticket when I flashed her my impotent MoviePass. (This was probably thanks in part to the recently-released Star Wars movie, which ensured the theater was in no way hurting for business.)

I sent another query through the in-app customer service contact feature, this one with rather stronger wording. After not receiving a response for several days, I was just about ready to unsubscribe and delete, chalking up the $ 9.95 as a failed experiment. And hey, at least I’d gotten one free movie out of it.

But a couple days later, I decided to give MoviePass one more shot. I’d arrived early for a friend’s destination wedding, and had nothing to do that evening besides pass the time at the shopping center across from my hotel. I opened the app once again and half-heartedly tapped the “Check In” button on a mid-afternoon showing of “Coco.”

Miraculously, it worked.

Here’s How Much I Saved with MoviePass

Once my MoviePass was (finally) in working order, I put it through its paces.

In my first month as a subscriber, I saw the following movies without paying for my ticket. Helpfully, the tickets still print with their would-be prices, which I’ve included next to each in the list.

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri:” $ 8.25

“Coco:” $ 14 (!)

“Wonder:” $ 8.25

“The Shape of Water:” $ 8.25

That’s a total of $ 38.75 worth of movie tickets — which means I saved $ 28.80 in only a single month of membership. And that was over the holidays, when I didn’t have as much time as usual to casually meander down to the theater.

As far as user experience is concerned, when MoviePass is working, it’s super simple. You just “check in” to the movie showing you want, and then you have 30 minutes to use the card to buy the ticket at the theater. If you change your mind or run out the timer, no big deal; you can simply choose a different movie or time slot and start the process over.

To note: You can’t use MoviePass to purchase tickets ahead of time, which could be a bummer if you frequent a fancy-pants theater that has assigned seating. Ditto if you’re want to see a much-talked-about film on opening night, for example. It’s totally possible to arrive at the theater and find your showing sold out, which, while it wouldn’t cost you anything, would also be a downer.

I will say that having a MoviePass card in your wallet has a certain psychological effect — it incentivizes movie-going, at least if you’re of a Penny Hoarder mindset. You might see more movies than you normally would in an effort to get your money’s worth, or simply because it’s suddenly effectively free to do so. I’ll leave it to you to decide if that’s a benefit or a drawback.

Bottom line: Once it’s working (and, as Rowan aptly warns, while it lasts), MoviePass is a stellar deal, for even a casual movie-goer.

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Movie Pass is a  personalized card that will arrive in  5 to 7 days. Carmen Mandato/ The Penny Hoarder

Just don’t count on award-winning customer service — though at prices this low, I guess the company has to cut some corners.

Jamie Cattanach (@jamiecattanach) has written for VinePair, SELF, Ms. Magazine, Yahoo Wellness, Roads & Kingdoms, Barclaycard’s Travel Blog and other outlets. Her writing focuses on food, wine, travel and frugality

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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‘I thought it was called “Snackchat”!’ Winona on Stranger Things, social media and the ‘tough’ years

She’s the star of a Netflix phenomenon and she doesn’t even use social media, but when you’re as iconic as Winona Ryder, you live by your own rules. Here, the Stranger Things actress talks to Helena De Bertonado about settling down, recycling clothes and being the ultimate Hollywood rebel

Winona Ryder has only just started talking when we are interrupted by the seductively rasping voice of Leonard Cohen: ‘If you want a partner, take my hand…’ It’s the ringtone of her phone, set to ‘I’m Your Man’, the title track of Cohen’s legendary 1988 album. She giggles as she pulls it out of her jumbled bag to turn it off. On her phone case is an image of Patti Smith, whose music provided the soundtrack to much of Ryder’s adolescence.

Spending time with Ryder is like being in a time warp. The 80s – when she starred in a succession of cult movies, including Beetlejuice and Heathers – was her decade, even though she was only a teenager. When the late Terry Wogan interviewed her in 1991 – then 19 and engaged to her Edward Scissorhands’ co-star Johnny Depp – he introduced her as ‘the most exciting young actress in America today’.

But then, for some reason, her star stopped rising. Despite winning a Golden Globe for her captivating performance as May Welland in Martin Scorsese’s 1993 Age Of Innocence, the rest of the decade was less memorable.

‘I’ve definitely done some clunkers,’ she says of her subsequent movie choices. In 2001, she was infamously arrested for shoplifting, prompting a trial that revealed her drug use and depression. Aged just 30, it seemed that Ryder would become a footnote in movie history, remembered more for her crime and her relationship with Depp than for her exceptional abilities as an actress.

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The ‘Winonaissance’

If it wasn’t for Stranger Things, the Netflix science-fiction horror series, which has become a cultural phenomenon, that is probably where Ryder would have remained.

An 80s throwback, Stranger Things is an homage to classic Steven Spielberg. And casting Ryder, the quintessential 80s teen outsider, in the lead adult role – a mother deranged by grief when her son goes missing – was a stroke of brilliance. A ‘Winonaissance’, as it’s been called.

‘It’s so overwhelming,’ says Ryder of the reception to the show, which is soon to return for a second season. ‘I don’t know what it’s like for really famous people… I keep hearing that people are dressing up like me [as her character Joyce]. I’m like, “What?”’

‘People who I really respect talk about “relevance” but I’m like, “I don’t care, leave me alone.”’

We meet at a house in Beverly Hills with sweeping views towards the Pacific, where the Marie Claire cover shoot is taking place. Although only a handful of people are present, at first I don’t even recognise Ryder. It’s a chilly day and she has wrapped her petite frame in multiple layers: a Joy Division T-shirt under a maroon cardigan and a large suit jacket that belongs to her brother, teamed with a pair of Levi’s – ‘my dad’s jeans from the 70s’ – and some battered, maroon lace-up shoes. ‘I got them for 60 bucks and wear them all the time,’ she says. The whole ensemble is topped with a wide-brim, wraparound, straw sun visor.

It’s only when Ryder smiles – which she does often – that she looks familiar. She has a quirky, open smile that lights up her huge eyes, and her face is barely lined, belying her 45 years. Although shy at first, we end up talking for an hour and a half. On the Hollywood bonkers spectrum – and considering the life she has lived – she is impressively grounded.

Winona Ryder for Marie Claire

Her parents, although unconventional, are key to this. Born in 1971, in the small town of Winona, Minnesota (hence her name), Ryder grew up on a commune outside San Francisco. Both writers, her parents were friends of poet Allen Ginsberg and writer Timothy Leary, her godfather.

‘We didn’t have a lot of money,’ Ryder recalls. ‘But the love compensation was amazing. My dad would make little things exciting, like bringing home Rolos. There’s that saying, “you find your family,” but I would have chosen them even if they weren’t my parents. They’re my best friends.’ Initially wary of Hollywood, they told her she could only act if she maintained her grades. Even then, she was only allowed to film during the school holidays.

‘Everything is changing so fast. I’ve never been very strategic. I think if you try to be strategic, you just end up failing.’

Ryder won her first role at 13 in high-school movie Lucas. The film’s director, David Seltzer, said, ‘She had the kind of presence I had never seen – an inner life. Whatever message was being said by her mouth was being contradicted by the eyes.’

Bullied at school, Ryder thought her film career would boost her popularity, especially when she made comedy horror Beetlejuice in 1988 (in which she played goth teenager Lydia Deetz). ‘I remember thinking, “Ooh, it’s like the number-one movie. This is going to make things great at school.” But it made things worse. They called me a witch.’

When it comes to advice on acting roles, Ryder turns to her parents. Her father, an antiquarian bookseller, locates out-of-print books to help her. ‘When I did Girl, Interrupted [about a young woman who finds herself at a mental institution], my dad got me this amazing Mary Ellen Mark book [showing photos of women in the maximum security section of Oregon State Hospital].’ Ryder describes herself as an avid reader, dragging a mountain of books around wherever she goes.

‘We didn’t have a lot of money [growing up], but the love compensation was amazing’

‘I always have Leonard Cohen On Leonard Cohen – it’s like Linus with his blanket,’ she says, referring to the Peanuts character who is never seen without his security blanket. Not having children herself, Ryder asked her mother for advice during the shooting of Stranger Things.

‘I said, “Mom, if every bit of logic is telling you your kid is gone, would you still [refuse to believe it]?” And she said, “Absolutely.” I said, “What if they show you a body?” She said, “If you don’t see it happen, you don’t believe it.” It’s a weird, primal thing. But I may have gone too far: it seemed like every day I was crying or freaking out.’

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The early noughties ‘tough times’

Her parents were also there to help pick up the pieces when she temporarily threw in the acting towel after her shoplifting trial in 2002, and returned to San Francisco. ‘My hiatus,’ she says, rolling her eyes. ‘Whatever they want to call it – I did take time off. It was mutual, I think. I just went through a tough time.’

It didn’t help that the early noughties were not really the era for a counter-culture rebel like Ryder, and she had to stand aside for a succession of perfect girl-next-door types – the Jennifers, the Gwyneths, the Reeses. But it did show her that there was more to life than Hollywood.

‘I’m not in any way comparing myself to Daniel Day-Lewis [who recently announced his retirement from acting], but you do become interested in other things.’ So, Ryder became immersed in the study of constitutional law, sitting in on lectures at Berkeley College – ‘There were a lot of laws that I disagreed with’ – and for a few days even joined environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill, who was spending two years living in a redwood tree.

‘I’m grateful I got to start at the time I did. I don’t know if I would even have become an actor [if I was starting out now]’

Making her return to acting in 2006, in Richard Linklater’s sci-fi animation A Scanner Darkly, before appearing in Black Swan (2010) as an embittered, ageing dancer, I wonder if she felt compromised by the lack of roles in her midst?

‘There are definitely times when it feels like there’s a real drought. It’s like that line in First Wives Club: “There are only three ages for women in Hollywood – Babe, District Attorney and Driving Ms Daisy.” Or mother, which I am now. Luckily, [Joyce in Stranger Things] is not a cookie-cutter character; I get to do some more stuff with it. But it’s also hard to complain,’ she continues. ‘You think about what’s going on in the world right now and (puts on a babyish, petulant voice), “There’s not enough roles for me! I want to be…” So it’s a tricky conversation. There are women who are facing much harder things all over the globe.’

Ryder worries about the child stars of Stranger Things, who have to endure much more intrusion than she ever did. ‘I’m grateful that I got to start at the time I did. As much as I love it, I don’t know if I would even have become an actor [if I was starting out now]. I wouldn’t know how to [handle it]. I do worry about the massive exposure at that age.’

But, she says, the child actors on the show seem to take everything in their stride. ‘Millie [Bobby Brown, who plays the enigmatic Eleven] teases me. I’m like the old grandma.’ She adopts a wobbly voice: ‘What are you kids doing?’ She laughs, thinking of the occasion she mistook the Snapchat messaging app for some kind of snack: ‘“Snack chat? Give me a piece of that!” I’m like the confused older person [on the set].’

Ryder, who once remarked that the tombstone on her grave would say, ‘Fuck you’, remains vehemently non-conformist. ‘I think it’s ridiculous that you can get in trouble for wearing the same dress again. I wear things over and over because I like them. Look at the economy. Should we really be out there saying that you’re not allowed to re-wear something?’

With a history of relationships exhaustively chronicled in the press – Matt Damon as well as Depp – these days she keeps her private life firmly out of the limelight. Since 2011, she has been in a relationship with Scott Mackinlay Hahn, a fashion designer, and she relishes being with someone who’s not in the film industry. ‘I think it’s healthy, and I enjoy feeling a bit more settled now.’

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Settling down

The actress once said she would rather never marry than have a marriage that one day ends in divorce. Have her parents set the bar so high, she feels she can never emulate their relationship? ‘They are madly in love, they’re like teenagers. It’s embarrassing sometimes,’ sighs Ryder affectionately. ‘I’ve had relationships that haven’t worked out. But when you have that as your gold [standard], and you know that’s the way it should be…’ She shakes her head, ‘Oh, man!’

Ryder has just shot an independent movie called Destination Wedding with Keanu Reeves – the fourth time they’ve appeared in a film together. (‘He’s a really old friend of mine. Most of my friends are friends that I’ve had since I was 15.’) And there is already talk of a third – and perhaps even a fourth – season of Stranger Things, although she is reluctant to think too far ahead.

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Where does she see herself in ten or even 20 years’ time? ‘I honestly don’t know if the world is going to exist then,’ says Ryder. ‘Everything is changing so fast. I’ve never been very strategic. I think if you try to be strategic, you just end up failing.’

One thing is for certain, we are unlikely to see this inimitable 80s icon on social media any time soon. ‘People who I really respect talk about “relevance” but I’m like, “I don’t care, leave me alone.”’ Well, she’s managed fine without it so far, and long may she continue.

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I’m learning to be one tough mother instead of a pushover

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Whitney Barthel

posted in Parenting

I am a total softie. The problem with this is children have a sixth sense when it comes to detecting adults that are susceptible to being walked all over.

As a child, I would say I was subjected to borderline emotional and physical abuse by an adult in my life that was not one of my parents. As I result, I vowed I would never act in a manner that made my children afraid of me.

I never wanted my kids to know the feeling of being hit or kicked by a caretaker, or what it’s like to be called stupid by an adult, or be in constant fear of facing punishment for something as small as an accident. I wanted my kids to feel nothing but safe and loved.

Unfortunately, the my boys eventually started viewing my resistance to discipline as a green light to misbehave.


You haven’t known wild until you have lived in a house full of boys. My four boys, ages 6, 5, 3, and 1.

After being one of those moms dragging naughty kids through the grocery store, I decided something had to be done. And, being the boys’ main caretaker as my husband works insane hours as a business owner, I knew it had to be done by me.

I did lots of research and tried reflecting on times I was disciplined as a child that were effective, yet did not scare me. Here is what I came up with.

  1. Try to understand why your child is acting out. One thing I’ve noticed: sometimes my kids misbehave because they actually needed something and don’t know how to communicate their needs to me. They’re hungry, have to use the bathroom, or they’re tired. When I learned to distinguish between unmet needs and just plain naughtiness, I made a huge leap.
  2. Don’t make empty threats. This was my biggest downfall. Threatening works for a while, but once kids learn you won’t actually back your words up, the effectiveness of verbal warnings goes out the window.
  3. Let your kids know what acts are punishable. As a child, perhaps what scared me the most was not even knowing when I was being “bad,” hence I never knew when I would be punished. Had I known which of my actions would be punished, I surely would have avoided them.
  4. Know that your kids will always love you, even if you have to be the bad cop sometimes.
  5. Be fair. I talk to my kids about why they have acted out and why it’s wrong. I ask them what they think a reasonable punishment is, and make sure the punishment fits the crime.

While doing my research on teaching my kids respect and fair punishment, I ran across some advice given by Emma Johnson, author of The Kickass Single Mom. And while I’m not a single mom, I found Emma’s advice incredibly helpful.

Emma writes,

“You’re the parent. Period. One of the pitfalls of [parenthood] is that…it is very easy to rely on your child for companionship in an unhealthy way. Watch yourself…And stop yourself if you’re inclined to go easy on the time outs because you’re worried the child will be angry at you. You’re the mom! It’s your job to make them hate you! (I jest)

Give yourself a break. You will likely screw up. That is part of being a mom. Then you get up the next day — and screw up again! And in between you will do most of it right. You’re doing a great job. Keep at it, keep trying.”

As I read this, the thing that really stood out to me was the “keep at it, keep trying.” I’ve noticed my kids misbehave the most when I don’t have the physical or emotional energy to discipline them. Since recognizing this, I have learned consistency is key, whether I’m beat down or not.

What is your best piece of advice for moms who stink at discipline?

Images by Thinkstock, Whitney Barthel

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14 Things Only People With Tough Names Understand

For TueNight.com by Siobhan Adcock

1. I grew up with a tough name. Siobhan Adcock. Look at it. There’s almost no part of that name that’s not sort of a pain in the ass.

2. People don’t tend to remember it, and when they do, they can’t pronounce it. Siobhan is an Irish name — it means Jane, or Joan, or Joanne, or if you’re feeling like a sparkly unicorn fairy, “sea foam blowing off the waves.” My father told me (incorrectly, as it turns out) that it means “Queen of the Emerald Isles.” He and my mother had heard of it by way of Siobhan McKenna, the famous Irish stage actress who was in Dr. Zhivago. (But not the famously beautiful actress who was in Dr. Zhivago. And also not the second-most beautiful actress in Dr. Zhivago. The other one.)

3. My father’s name, by the way, was Dick. They don’t really name kids that anymore. Especially with a last name like Adcock. Dick Adcock, Jr. Because his father’s name was also Richard. So when my dad was growing up, there was Big Dick Adcock and Little Dick Adcock. No one, apparently, in the early 1950s, thought that was a problem.

4. When I was a kid there was this, um, spread? Like an oleo type of thing? It was light and silky. Chiffon had probably one of the catchier two-word jingles of the ’70s and early ’80s: “It’s… Chiffon!” Every time I got on the school bus, I had to be announced. By everyone. Often in five-point harmony. “It’s… Sio-ffan!”

5. Since my last name starts with an A, every year on the first day of school, I was inevitably the first name on the roll to be called. The fresh, shiny new roll. Oh, my teachers. I pitied them. Here it was, the beginning of a new school year, the school year they hoped they wouldn’t fuck up or make embarrassing mistakes during (especially not on day one), and you could just see their fresh, young, expectant faces crumple and fall when they realized they weren’t even going to be able to get past the first name on the roll call without asking for help.

I’d usually let them suffer in silence for a second or two, squinting and frowning down at the list of names, and then mutter, “Here. I’m here. It’s me, Siobhan.”

Ultimately, you have to make it easy on people.

6. When I go to a restaurant and leave my name for a table, I tell them I’m Suzanne. Or Sabrina. Or Soybean. All actual pronunciation attempts I have heard.

7. You can imagine what I tell baristas.

8. Long ago, I arrived at a formula for how to respond when I’m asked to spell my name. This is especially essential for forms filled out by baffled clipboard holders:

“S-i-o. (Pause here.) B as in Boy. (Another pause.) h-a-n. Last name: A-d-c (Emphasize the c. Then a long, long pause here, almost long enough to make them think you’re done, before the finale.) o-c-k.”

About 50 percent of the time, I get: “A-d what?”

“C-O-C-K. COCK! COCK!”

“Cock?”

9. And then I went into digital publishing, primarily at women’s websites, and as such, I’ve had a lot of awesome email addresses:

sadcock@women.com

sadcock@ivillage.com

sadcock@theknot.com

All the places a cock could ostensibly be sad, I have worked at.

10. I imagine other people with “cock” in their last names also have this problem, but I’ve discovered that I actually can’t register for a new email address with my real name anymore, because it sets off a spam filter, and I’m asked to “choose another name.” (You choose another name, Yahoo!)

11. My sister, Gillian Adcock, has, for many years, been a teacher at a local high school. When she was single, she kept her last name a secret at work — she had to. For all these lovable teenagers, she was only ever “Miss A” for years, until she got married and then became Mrs. Fletcher. I mean, can you imagine what a roomful of teenagers would do with something like “Miss Adcock”?

12. When I got married, I had the opportunity, at last, to change my last name. I went to the marriage license place in downtown Brooklyn with my soon-to-be husband, whose last name is innocuous and contains no filthy words. I probably could have changed my first name too while I was at it — nobody in that office seems like they’re paying a whole lot of attention. But I didn’t. Looking down at the form, I understood that I didn’t want to. My father died when I was in college, and we’re not in great touch with what’s left of his side of the family, and I didn’t want the Adcocks, our Adcocks, the Adcocks with the balls, to name their children ridiculous things like “Dick” — twice — and then, later, “Siobhan,” to perish from this Earth. I kept my name.

I am also lazy and didn’t want to deal with a lot of paperwork.

Adcock it is, then. Forever.

13. I always thought that when I finally had a kid I’d name her Jane, or Kate, or Mary. But I didn’t. We gave out daughter a name that combined our grandmothers’ names. It’s phonetic, at least, but it’s not super-recognizable or common. You don’t actually want a common name, I’ve found. After 40-plus years as Siobhan Adcock (God, when you say it out loud, there’s even the suggestion of “nads” in there — it really might be the second filthiest name ever, after Big Dick Adcock), I now know that an uncommon name gives you something to live up to, and that’s both a challenge and a stroke of luck. So we gave her a name that people will ask her annoying questions about all her life.

14. When I was in college, I worked at the library. And one day, this guy came in. And he checked out some books. And when he left, I kept the screen open on his record and just stared at it for a while, feeling like some previously unknown, oddly comforting corner of the universe had arrived before me, and called out its name:

Anil Dikshit.

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