Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Princeton Time Opinion

October 28, 2011

What's in a name? It's all in how we define ourselves

PRINCETON — A couple of weeks ago, I was flipping through the channels, and I found a rivalry game between New Mexico State and New Mexico on the MTN. Aside from the awfulness of the game (New Mexico could be the worst single-season team ever this year, and New Mexico State gets my vote for the worst program ever), State has a quarterback named Matt Christian.

This is the first time in my life that I have found someone with the same name as me. Of course, I called up my dad and rattled off “my stats.” What else was I to do? A couple of weeks later, I learned that the “other me” had a questionable outlook, with a shoulder injury.

So, this got me to thinking about an episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” called “Up the Long Ladder.” The show featured a society made up of clones. Each person in that society was cloned from one of the five original colonists.

This, in turn, led me to think about how similar humans really are biologically, yet so different in personality. This got me to thinking about a way to describe my own personality so that, again, you could understand some of where I am coming from in these columns.

I have done a few different types of the tests, one of which was based on four colors and another that analyzed my brain type. I think the best way is to give the letters of your name and use a word that starts with that letter to describe an aspect of your personality or something about yourself.

• M = Motivated. I have a lot of goals for myself.

• A = Arrogant. I always like to think that I am the best.

• T = Thinking.

• T = Travel. We love to travel.

• H = Hurtful. It doesn’t really bother me to tell people off at all.

• E = Easy. Make life as easy as possible.

• W= Wary of supposed authority.  

•••

Just because I can, I asked my wife to do that with her name. Here’s her answers, as I have foretold. Yes, that was a reference to Kung Fu Panda.  

• J = Just a little bit. She’s pretty small.

• U = Understanding.

• A = Aggressive. She wants what she wants.

• N = Neat. She loves to clean things.

•••

Okay, now that you know that I love the “Star Trek” series, except for “Enterprise” and a kids’ movie, it’s time to get down to the bottom line: I feel the strange urge to go to Cuba.

I have no idea why. I just want to go to see what that country is like. It’s like a forbidden fruit that we can’t have.

I have watched a few games of both LSU and Alabama, and I would be remiss if I didn’t provide a winner. Since, the game is at Alabama, and they are favored, I’m going Crimson Tide all the way, baby. Even though it pains my very orange-and-blue heart.

For the record, my wife likes LSU. I guess you know what we’ll be doing on Nov. 5, huh?

Cue up the random ending with a semblance of moralism.

“Engage Mr. Crusher.”

Matt Christian is a Princeton Times reporter. Contact him at mchristian@ptonline.net.

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