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07:20 am: Dexter Wright?

My youngest son, Juss, is more outgoing than the other children (in America. Ping-Ping was more outgoing still in China and at camp.) He has been joining groups of neighborhood kids in an effort to become friends with them, but alas all the children are either too old or too young. Still, he's been trying hard, and he's become friends with one nice little guy who he plays with about once a week.

Only...the first time he played with this group of kids, they played a detective game. Everyone had a character. Juss's character's name was Dexter.

Now, several months later, the whole group still calls him Dexter. Having children call your son by the wrong name is only a little odd, but the mother of the boy he plays with calls me occasionally, and she calls him Dexter, too. "Would Dexter like to go to the pool with us?"

This happened during the same period when we went to Special Ed Baseball with the Cherubim, and Juss introduced himself as Slate. So, the adults at baseball were calling him Slate and the mom down the street calls him Dexter.
 




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From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 16th, 2010 12:14 pm (UTC)
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You've heard of the tv show, Dexter?
Slate has a kind of noir feel.
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From:arhyalon
Date:July 16th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, we used to be Dexter fans years ago. Loved the song "Back to the Lab Again."
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From:juliet_winters
Date:July 16th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
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Nope, i was talking of this one which you are probably lucky to have missed:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dexter_%28TV_series%29

I do like Dexter's lab!
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From:marycatelli
Date:July 16th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
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My younger sister did live-action role playing in college, and once they had set up a scenario with a part for someone about to arrive -- and when he arrived, he was the perfect match for it.

Four years later, she, and everyone else, was still calling him by the name of the part.
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From:bojojoti
Date:July 16th, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
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In high school, a teacher thought my name was Miranda, and he called me that all year! It was odd the first time, and I thought he would figure out my real name, but I must have been a Miranda to him. I rather liked it by school end.

I do like both Slate and Dexter. Children are funny!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 17th, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
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And when you went to summer camp, everyone called you???

:) I must say I am amused at this situation.
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From:arhyalon
Date:July 17th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
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True...but that is more like the Slate thing, as in I did that on purpose. The Dexter thing is an accident. ;-)

Still, Juss is the child "most likely to change his name". He's discussed doing it many times. At one point, he wanted to be Steve Johnson Wright (naming himself after a friend's dad who is cool and like superheroes.)
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From:carbonelle
Date:July 18th, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)

Not too bad--

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I have two Uncles and one Aunt: Butch, Casey and Cookie who were so dubbed in by their childhood friends. They stuck!

On the other hand, several teens of my acquaintance are used to me refering to them by the characters they played in the Harry Potter RPG. D'you think...oh...wossname...you know, Hydra Malfoy, would help out? "You mean K-----" Yes!
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From:arhyalon
Date:July 18th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)

Re: Not too bad--

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John still remembers people better by their game names.

It's the mom calling him Dexter that amuses me. The sister knows to call him Juss when she talks to me. (This sweet little girl is the only person I know who calls me Mrs. Wright--as opposed to the Southern tradition of Miss Jagi, which is what most people's kids use.)

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From:melodyv
Date:July 28th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
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Maybe it's a nerd thing? A friend of mine, Matt, cosplays as a character named Walter, so for a while we were jokingly calling him that. It stuck. Matt is such a common name around here that he responds more readily to "Walter" than his given name, and I've given up training myself not to use it anymore.
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