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Uncle Barb's

It's never a "free speech" issue. It's usually a "these are the consequences of your freedom to speak" issue.

-Kelly Oxford (twitter)-

Joy

My Car's Name is Fern

I take car naming very seriously. I drive for weeks before settling on the name. This time I was lucky enough to purchase a nice little car from a very lovely person at a super low price.

On the highway, she looks like a smooth, polished, forest green, sub-compact belonging in the suburbs. Standing, she is mottled with spray paint and more at home here in the mountains. I peeled off the US flag and replaced it with a Planet Earth San Francisco bumper sticker. Still I was having a hard time with a name.

Then I read We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves and demanded that T read it too. T's comments were what settled it. She asked "Why don't you name the car Fern?" But of course, the sister Fern is the perfect namesake for my little car. The name hugs with good vibes while at the same time setting the sister free.

So now Fern and I are happy to be on a first name basis. She calls me Uncle.

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