What's in a (Middle) Name Meme

We interrupt our regularly scheduled "Dad gets duped again" story to fulfill Jim's duty as an active team player in the blogging community by letting strangers peer into his life, stripped bare of his BusyDad uniform.

Deb from Missives From Suburbia recently tagged me for this meme. Given all that's on her mind with her big move (4 days and counting) and growing list of associated injuries, I am flattered that she thought of me (wait -- unless to Deb
'Crick in Neck,' 'Repetitive Boredom' and 'BusyDadBlog' go hand-in-hand). I'm even more flattered that she recently gave me an award on top of that! You rule, Deb! But you still ain't gonna get my middle name outta me (read on).

The first thing that entered my head when I got tagged for this meme was “what the hell starts with a dash??” Yes, like so many of my Asian-American brethren, my Chinese name is my middle name. Man, I hated it when I was a kid. Everyone else had cool knight-sounding middle names like Hawthorne, Winthrop or Sebastian. Mine just sounded funny. In fact, even if you say it right, it just sounds like you are trying to make fun of me. I’ve since grown to accept my middle name; however – it is too dang long to do this meme with, so I will use “Busy” because that’s pretty much my middle name these days.

OK, so the rules:
1) You have to post the rules before you give the facts.
2) Players must list one fact that is relevant to your life for each letter in your middle name. If you don’t have a middle name then use a name that you like.
3) When you are tagged, you must write a post containing your own middle name game facts.
4) At the end of your post, you must tag one person for each letter in your middle name. Don’t forget to comment them telling that they are tagged and to read your post to get the rules.

Ready? Go! 

B: Bilingual. Well, not really. I just wish I were. I started out that way, though. I should have listened to my mother when she urged me to speak Chinese at home so I wouldn’t forget it. Mom was right. Too bad that phrase is almost always uttered in regret.

U: Ultra Chill. People are amazed at my patience with everything from slow drivers and stupid people to customer service reps and, of course, children. Only thing I have no tolerance for is people endangering my kid or stealing my parking spot. I once put a dent in a guy’s door when he ignored a stop sign and almost hit me and my kid. I actually was able to knee his door – it was that close. Stealing my spot? That’s from growing up in Boston, where parking spots are so rare that you’ll park in one, even if you don’t need it, just to bask in the glory that you found it.

S: Serial entrepreneur. If it’s new, different and can theoretically make money, I’m all over it. I have dabbled in everything from selling tropical fish in a gas station (I guess my clever slogan “fill your tank” didn’t resonate with gas-filling pet owners) to pre-school lunch delivery to editing services for immigrants. I can at least say that all these ideas were new and different…

Y: Yearning recognition: I’m like a needy little child who needs constant validation from those around him in order to feel good about himself. Not an ideal trait to have, but this is a meme, not a resume. A pat on the back, a certificate, a plaque, an announcement in front of a large group. Anything. It brings a smile to my face that I cannot turn off. Man, I am so manipulate-able.

Now it's my turn to do some tagging.  Let's go with...

1) Chuck from D is for Dad -- He has a couple older kids (in addition to his young 'uns) and I read his blog to see what life has in store for me in the next few years. He just tagged me today for another meme, and I swear this is not a retaliatory blog-by tagging. It was in the works long before.

2) Terance from  House Dad Chronicals -- This guy has achieved the impossible: feeding his entire family (his mom included!) for a week for under $100!  And they're real meals (complete with pics). And here's the kicker -- everything was purchased at Whole Foods! I can't even buy a thing of hummus, a slice of flatbread pizza and olive bread without plunking down a $20. Was he skimming the free samples? I figure this meme might be a nice break from taking pictures of food to make the rest of us feel like cop-out dads.

3)  Piper from Bliss in Bloom -- Talk about cool moms, Piper not only lets her son skate -- she encourages it! Talk about catapulting your kid into cool-world in one fell swoop. Holding down a job and holding down the fort (filled with OPK - a clever phrase coined by cool dude Joeprah) is no laughing matter, but I have a feeling she's laughing more than she's crying.  Plus she's doing this BloPoMoFo (?) thing and needs to post every day, so maybe this'll give her a day off from coming up with a topic.

4)  Kaprice from My Mommy Time Online -- Brand new blog.  Her kid ate soap and started burping bubbles. That's my kind of tale! I was a brand new blogger just a couple months ago and getting tagged made me feel really welcome. Just passing the dutchie on the left hand side (I say!).

… and since we’re in a MySpace kind of mood right now, let’s top this off with a bonus feature:

I am the Flash...


Tony Soprano ...


... and my celebrity look-a-like is John Cho.

Yup. The Asian-ness is uncanny (evidently computers think we all look alike too).

This is who my wife thinks I look like. Much more accurate, don’t you think?