Thursday, March 7, 2013

Put On the Red Light

Those of you who don't know, my name is Roxanne. My whole life when I meet people and introduce myself, a lot of the time that person breaks into song "Roxaaaaaaannnnneee, You don't have to turn on the red light". When I was in my teen years this would aggravate me more that it probably should have. Now I am just used to it and it doesn't bother me at all.

But today at Pizza Hut for the gazillionth time in my life and still cannot wrap my head around is when people here my name and say "Hey, have you ever heard that song by the Police?" Are you fucking kidding me? I am 25 about to be 26 in a couple weeks and you really think I have never heard that song? Depending on my mood, I'll play it off and be nice, but sometimes I'm just not in the mood and kind of just give them the "You're a fucking idiot if you really think I haven't heard that song" look.

I have always hated my name, not because of the song but I just don't find it as an appealing name. I had always wondered why my Mom decided to name me after a hooker in a song. I never got around to asking her why, but one day about two years ago I finally did. She immediately started laughing. After seeing my some what confused look on my face she told me the story.

Back in her day they did not get the opportunity to find out the sex of the baby until the baby was here. (Wow technology is the shit right?) So like my Brother, my name was picked after I was born. She heard the Police song on the radio at the hospital and decided to name me Roxanne. After the birth certificate was named and I was brought home my Mom had heard the song again and actually listened to it this time. So she turns to my dad and says "We just named our daughter after a HOOKER". But by that time my name was set in stone and nothing could be done about it. I just replied with that disappointed teenager look "Reallyyyyy Mooomm" There you have it, the history of where my name came from.


  1. Ah now it's in my head. Being named Nova people always either a) ask me if I was conceived in a Chevy Nova which is rude!! or b) tell me the story about how Chevy Novas had a failed marketing attempt in Mexico because it means "no go" in Spanish. And they always think it's hilarious and I've never heard it before.

    1. The second one is pretty random that's for sure. I've never heard that either. But I think your name is rad! And now I'm curious as to where it came from. Is Rella your real middle name? I love the "mightasrella" when you reply to comments on your blog. Clever!


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