Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Mr. Hobbitfeet Goes To Soccer Practice

Girl's fall soccer league started yesterday. I love it on so many levels, but that's not what I'm here to talk about.
Mr. Hobbitfeet hates going to soccer. Not because he doesn't like the game; next to baseball, soccer is Mr. H's favorite. Mr. H. hates soccer because of his name. In the real world, Mr. H. is not know as Mr. Hobbitfeet (actually I do call him that in the real world, but I'm the only one).
He has a real name, and it has the same first, middle, and last initial of all four of his brothers. He also has the exact same first and last name as one of S.E. Hinton's characters, but I know that wasn't my M.I.L's intention. No, she was out of names by the time she got to him (though there were plenty left) and named him after a television character. Back in the 70's and 80's, Mr. H never met a single person with his name (though, according to Social Security, it was in the top 1000 that whole time). Since 1990, though, it has been steadily growing in popularity until it broke in to the Top 40 last year. It's VERY popular in my town.
According to Mr. H., there is a certain type of person that names their kid his name now. I don't agree with him, Mr. H has a tendency to be a misanthropic asshole on occasion. Don't get me wrong, I love the guy but he doesn't like most people and is often very vocal about it. At any rate, I know several people whose kids have the same name as my husband, and I like them a lot, the kids and the moms. Also, I need to say, that Mr. H. has no problem with the kids, it's the parents he has a problem with.
I gotta tell you, too, that the people that sat next to us a soccer did nothing to rid Mr. H. of his prejudice of these people. There is a little boy on Girl's team named after Mr. H. and his parents were kind of pricks. I hate that; I never want Mr. H. to be right.
So, as they bellowed at their kid from the sidelines on my left, Mr. H. was very snarky on my other side. Often rooting for the kid (under his breath) to rebel against his parents. Then as we left he went on and on about it very loudly, until finally I said, "Okay hon, I get it but they're right behind us so can you stop being such a loud asshole right now." So he stopped, temporarily until we got to the car and then continued his tirade against "People who give their kids my name" ALL THE WAY HOME!!!
I really hope he doesn't pass this trait on to our kids, but I don't see how that won't happen if he won't listen to my pleas for him to shut up already. Secretly, I agreed about these particular people, I just didn't want to have to hear about it, and I will every soccer season for the rest of my life.

Luckily, Girl is super cute in her soccer gear!


Always Home and Uncool said...

Is his name Potsy Pony Boy?

Woodlandmama said...

Awesome guess, but S.E. Hinton wrote a lot more books than just The Outsiders, and I don't think Potsy has ever been in the top 1000 American Baby names.