Thursday, September 28, 2006

Round Here

I've lived in this area too long when I see a letter to the editor in support of marijuana law reform and it's signed "Mary Jane Smoker" and I don't bat an eye. Someone has to explain it to me. Hey, yeah, funny! But it's a real name around here. It's the common Anglicization of the German surname Schmucker.

Also common among the last names in this very conservative part of the world are Stoner. And Erb.

And Weekendrastafarian. No, I made that last one up. Hell, you don't even have to make it up in a community where a "Erb-Smoker" wedding runs in the social section of the newspaper and you actually may drive past a business with the Simpsons-esque name "Stoners Pots."