Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Is there an IMDB for my friend from 4th grade? Would it be the IFGDB?

To make our room look larger in preparation for selling our house we decided to scrap the mammoth king bed for a smaller, sleeker queen on a platform frame. We are part owners of and Jim is a GM for a chain of bed stores, so this change is akin to changing socks for us. Except that in this case we brought home socks that were size 6-12 months and filled with sharp-cornered Legos, but had cute and fancy stripes. You see, the bed is uncomfy and does not provide adequate space for two normal-sized adults and one toddler that somehow grows and stretches to epic proportions as soon as he falls asleep. But he doesn't really fall asleep. He just has various stages of awake and they all include slapping me on the belly, pulling my hair and sticking his fingers up my nose. And grunting and pointing at things in the dark. Awwwww how UN-cute!

Last night, after we all rolled around like empty beer bottles in the back of a pickup for a couple hours, Quinn finally gave up and just started walking around the bed in circles and periodically stepping on my boobs and shaking the bed frame. This went on for 2 hours. I finally moved to the floor, thinking that the monster would run around the room instead of running over me. Then Jim started snoring. After I'd thrown several magazines and a old sippy cup I found under my nightstand at him he finally got up and went to snore in another part of the house, and I settled into my cozy spot on the bur-bur for a good hour's rest. Then it started.

An image popped into my mind of a mid-morning bike ride through Goldendale after swim practice when I was 9. I was with two friends and we had just bought fudgesicles and Watchamacallits at Sentry Market and we were on our way back to Meredith's house to bother her little brother. It turned out her mom was vacuuming, so instead we decided to go to.... uh.... ummm... you know.... that girl who uh.... it started with a, uh.... UUUUHHHHHHMMMMM!!! What the hell was my other friend's name? I played with her every day for 60 straight days. She had a yellow house on East Main Street and an older sister and a younger brother and she was a year older than me and we always played Operation then watched reruns of Three's Company in her basement. Need I tell you this consumed me for the remaining hour of my non-sleep? Typically it's trying to remember the name of an actor or whether or not I fed the dog, but those are pretty easy to figure out (IMDB and how many times Ali crapped in the day lillies).

But how do I figure this out???

Here's your homework... can you please tell me what her name was? It's a boy's name, and possible something you'd name a dog. Here's what's come to mind so far that are not it: Frankie, Freddy, Alfie, Sandy, Benny, Ricky. Nope.

Please help. I'll send the person who thinks of it somethin special - I promise!

and hey - at least something good came of the US's ugly loss to the Czechs in the World Cup... thanks guys


Blogger Arabella said...

This is worse than trying to remember my college philosophy professor's name.

Nicky? Sammy? Robbie? Jesse? Jamie?

6/14/2006 10:24 AM  
Blogger Mignon said...

Nope - but Sammy is close, I think...
maybe it started with an S?

6/14/2006 10:31 AM  
Anonymous LetterB said...

Shannon? Stevie?

6/14/2006 1:50 PM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

Fluffy? Molly? oh -- I see the S thing now.


Gawd, I hate forgetting stuff -- drives me nuts!

6/14/2006 3:17 PM  
Anonymous honestyrain said...

delicious bare chested men.

i suggest that this friend was called ryan. or lou. or andy. or even randy. or ronnie.

what'd i win?

6/14/2006 3:53 PM  
Anonymous honestyrain said...

oh an 's' name. ah. didn't see that. ok, i've got it. she was called steve, wasn't she. i don't know how you could forget that.

6/14/2006 3:54 PM  
Blogger Mignon said...

Yes, well, you've all been so helpful. Steve and Fluffy. Yes, thanks very much... but no. Not yet.

Somehow the name Smarky keeps getting stuck in my brain...

6/14/2006 3:59 PM  
Blogger sassybead said...

Here's a trick that works well for me...just forget it. That is, if you can! Go about your business and have conversations and eventually that particular synapse will connect and you WILL remember your friend's name in the oddest place. The other day I could NOT remember who starred in the Windtalkers with Nicholas Cage. It was almost there, but not quite. I eventually forgot all about it. Several days later, I'm in the elevator with some co-workers, discussing something that has nothing to do with the movies, and of course "Christian Slater" popped right out!

PS - this also often works when I can't find anything in my cluttered apartment

6/14/2006 4:57 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Ok not an S name but Terri? (oh and the photo is reward enough)

6/14/2006 5:13 PM  
Blogger Mitch said...

Oh, OH! I want something special! I want a prize!!!!

Are we sure it's an S? couldn't be Dani, or Alex?

Here are my best "S" guesses:

Sandy, Sal, Sawyer, Scully, Sean, Shane, Sevan, Shae, Shannon, Shante, Shay, Shelly, Sidney, Sasha, Saxon, Satan, Stef, Sophia, Swanson, Sharon, Sher, Shelly, Suzie, Suzanne, O' Suzanna, Suzie Q, Little Debbie...qfuetqt(word ver)?

Okay, I'm getting a bit off track, can ya give me a hot or cold?

6/14/2006 7:12 PM  
Anonymous mamatulip said...

It drives me to drink and distraction when I can't think of someone's name like that. I'll see their face and how they looked in school and I'll try to picture them in on a yearbook page...

I have no freakin' suggestions dude, but I hope it comes to you soon.

6/14/2006 8:10 PM  
Blogger Mignon said...

Sassy, you are so right, but I am so impatient. I need immediate gratification. Must. Have. It.

Heather, nope.
Mitch, nope times many many. Sandy was the closest, I think. And maybe it starts with an A? or a G? or incorporates all of them... Saggy? No, probably not.

It's kind of a sporty name I think. Like Sparky or Alli.

MamaT, I think you made it worse. I have no yearbook from 4th grade. And it's not even on the tip of my tongue, as the kids are sayin these days.

6/14/2006 9:21 PM  
Blogger Mitch said...

S,G, or A.....


Sporty name....

Soccer? Softball? Swimming? Assball? Grappling? Astroturf? Stock Car Racer? Speed Racer?

How 'bout Sport, or Scout? Champ? Winner? Cheater? Photo-Finish? Close Second? Round Two?

Sassy, Strumpet, Stigmata, Sally Worth?


Is there someone you could call who also knows this girl? Like maybe your mom, since you played with her 60 days in a row?

6/14/2006 9:38 PM  
Blogger Mitch said...

Sandy was it Andi? Ghandi?

6/14/2006 9:40 PM  
Blogger Mignon said...

Yeah, you'd think MY MOM would help, wouldn't you?

(I talked to her today and she drew a complete blank, albeit sort of shamefully, but I was one of four kids and probably the one in the least amount of trouble. Aww, who am I kidding - I was never in trouble and ran around under the radar for years.)

Not a name OF A sport, but a name that sounds like the individual IS sporty. Like Scamp, or Aggie, Billie? Feldspar?

6/14/2006 9:44 PM  
Blogger Mignon said...

Oh! Andy was a guy I dated in college and everyone called him Gandhi. Funny, huh? Without the ha ha part?

6/14/2006 9:45 PM  
Blogger Mitch said...

Spalding? Wilson? Hill or Dale?

6/14/2006 9:52 PM  
Blogger Louise said...

Ok it's time to pull out the big guns: get yourself a "what to name your baby" book (or look online at one) and just go through every name page by page. I get obsessed by these things, and I have been known to go through the phone book to remember someones last name.

6/14/2006 10:36 PM  
Anonymous V-Grrrl said...

Stacy? Tracey? Skip? Leslie? Nikki? Sherry? Geri? Jacqui? Ronnie? Bobbi?


6/15/2006 1:10 AM  
Blogger Arabella said...


6/15/2006 5:29 AM  
Anonymous LetterB said...

This is just a plot to drive us all crazy, right? I must have satisfaction now too. Skipper? Skippy?

6/15/2006 9:47 AM  
Blogger Mignon said...

Hi Louise. Your hair is pretty. My brother and his family live in Shanghai too. And as much as this is driving me crazy, I'm too lazy to do the legwork. But since no one is stepping to the plate, I may have to...

MitchVGrrlArabellaLB - nopenopenopenope. Although Spanky is awesome! I love Spanky!

6/15/2006 10:38 AM  
Anonymous JMo said...

Everyone is obsessed with the name, but I was laughing out loud at your description of Quinn walking around the bed... Great white trash reference with the bear bottles too!
Your descriptive writing always cracks me up...

6/15/2006 10:53 AM  
Blogger Arabella said...


6/15/2006 11:05 AM  
Anonymous LetterB said...

Oooh, good one Arabella.

6/15/2006 11:20 AM  
Blogger Mignon said...

Oh - I thought you were offering me some... nooooo - but that WAS pretty good.

6/15/2006 11:33 AM  
Blogger Arabella said...


I will not rest until I know!!!

6/15/2006 12:16 PM  
Blogger Arabella said...

Perry? Sperry?

6/15/2006 12:18 PM  
Blogger Mitch said...

I figured this out last night! (and by the way, I'm quite miffed you managed to keep me from sleep with this!)

Is it Sunny? Could be a boy's name, close to Sammy, implies activity. I'll bet it's Sunny!

If not, gimme your brother's number and I'll call him, just to bring an end to all this!

6/15/2006 12:45 PM  
Blogger Mignon said...

Arabella, you may get a prize just for effort.

Mitch, I wanted so badly for that to be it. I tried forcing myself to make that it. But no. I put in a message to Damon this afternoon - we'll see if he comes through.

6/15/2006 1:09 PM  
Blogger Mitch said...

If he tells you it's Nicky, you do realize we'll all have to form a brute squad to come after you, right?

6/15/2006 1:15 PM  
Blogger Arabella said...

Shecky? Spunky?

6/15/2006 1:55 PM  
Blogger Arabella said...

Stu? Stan? Danny? Denny?

Mmmm...Moon over my Hammie from Denny's...

6/15/2006 1:57 PM  
Blogger Arabella said...


6/15/2006 2:24 PM  
Blogger Mignon said...

Arabella, do we need an intervention here?

Anyway - no, closer to something like Abby or Freddie.

6/15/2006 3:07 PM  
Anonymous arabella said...

Leslie? Avery?

So help me, I. WILL. GUESS. IT.

6/15/2006 5:32 PM  
Blogger Louise said...

You brother lives in Shanghai? Huh, small world! Maybe I should call him and ask!!
(BTW The photo I have with the "pretty hair" was taken by shoving my head in the scanner.. but thank you!)

I don't know about your neck of the woods but in Oz we have -- you join up for free and list your schools and what you are doing now, and hope that other old school friends have done the same. I found a few old friends that way. Maybe Shelby/Sidney/Sandy/Saywer is listed?

6/15/2006 6:21 PM  
Blogger Mitch said...

Ya know, if you'd asked us to guess the number you're thinking of between one and a hundred, one up us would've gotten it by now.

Sneezy? Dopey? Sleepy? Bashful? Grumpy? Doc? Happy?


Larry? Moe? Curly?

Saffron? Shana?

Liesl? Louisa? Friedrich? Kurt? Brigitta? Marta? Gretl?

Stephanie? Sasha?

Saranwrap? Santana?

Saxon? Scarlet?


Sequoia? Sierra Nevada?

Stevie Nicks?

Sexburth?(I found this name in a babyname directory - ew)

Shana? Shane? Shakila? Shakira? Shaka Kahn? Shake-n-Bake? Shasta? Sprite? Sierra Mist? Mountain Dew?

Shaylah? Sherri? Shrimp? Sirloin? Pork Roast?

Sherbet? Sorbet? Ben & Jerry?

Simone? Simba? Scar? Timon?


OH! OH! SKYLAR! Is it Skylar? It should be Skylar.

Sonya? Sony? Magnivox? RCA? iPod?

Storm? Rogue? Wolverine? Jean?


Sage? Sailor Moon?

Shae? Shiloh? Sloane? Starbuck(s)?

Gabby? Gabriel?

Peter? Paul? Mary?

Luke? Obi Wan? Yoda?

Anything sparking a memory? Because all it's doing to me is sending me off track.

6/15/2006 7:44 PM  
Blogger Mitch said...

Blair? I'm reading a book with a Blair.

6/15/2006 7:46 PM  
Blogger Mignon said...

I got it. Alvie.

Go ahead, throw things. I know this isn't really a name.

6/15/2006 8:18 PM  
Blogger Louise said...

Not only is it not a name, how is that sporty?? Alvin and the Chipmunks, yes, but sport no. Alvie Aggassi? Alvie Beckham? Alvie Ali? Hhmmm...

How did you eventually remember it?

6/15/2006 8:36 PM  
Blogger Mignon said...

Damon told me. I never would have got it. I even found a list of names of all the graduating classes from that small town, but somehow missed hers.

I kind of had her mixed up with her little sister Frankie, which is kind of a sporty name, right? Right? And I did say Alfie at some point...

Ah well... it's over now. Ho hum.

6/15/2006 9:01 PM  
Blogger Louise said...

But... but... but.. what are we to do with our lives now??

I haven't experienced an anti-climax of this magnitude since the night I lost my virginity.

6/15/2006 10:24 PM  
Blogger Arabella said...

ALVIE??????!!!!!!!! WTF?????!!!!!

I feel like I just lost my job or something.

6/16/2006 5:18 AM  
Anonymous LetterB said...

I have a feeling Alvie is out there somewhere racking her brain to come up with "Mignon."

6/16/2006 9:22 AM  
Blogger Mitch said...

okay, that's it.


Who's with me?!?!?!?!

Alvie, cripe! That's not sporty. Wilson is sporty.
And it doesn't start with an S.
And it's not close to Sammy.

*continued grumbles becoming less and less intelligible*

6/16/2006 3:58 PM  
Blogger lildb said...

ca..n..'...t .. tummy .... ouchhh..


holy crikee, but that's funny.

6/23/2006 10:13 AM  

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