Tuesday, September 9, 2008

What Makes a Good Biker Nickname

I was monitoring the forum of a riding club I used to belong to. Every now and then, I hang out with them on a ride.

But I noticed it seems everytime they get a new member, the first topic of discussion is what that person's nickname will be. First, let me explain that this club doesn't have membership criteria, except the usual "must have motorcycle license", "must be an adult". Otherwise, they accept anyone and everyone, and make them full members right off the street.

In that sense, it's not like new members have demonstrated any habits, or characteristics, or history, that would help create a good nickname.

To me, a good biker nickname is one that everyone uses, as well as the story of how you got that nickname. You can never get a good nickname if it's rushed.

There are some guys in my circle of friends who are always called by their nickname. It's so much so, that it feels awkward to call them by the real name. And then there are guys (like me), who are rarely called by their nicknames. There's just no rhyme or reason why one nickname sticks and the other doesn't.

But here are some observations of mine...

1. Only give out your nickname - If you want your nickname to stick, then always introduce yourself with your nickname. Don't give out your real name. People who just now met you will have no choice but to call you that, and refer to you with that name when talking to others. That's probably the best way to make a nickname a stick.

2. Two or more people with the same name - If there are two or more people named Mike in your group of friends, it creates a scenario where one or both Mikes get called by their nickname.

3. No more than two syllables - Nicknames seem to stick better when they're short. Two syllables or less is good.

4. Popular names - If you have a popular real name (ie: Mike, Dave, Scott, Tom, John), you have a better chance of having your nickname stick. People with less common real names tend to be always called by that name.

So how does one come up with a good biker nickname?

I've tried to figure this out, and I can't come up with any formula. It seems just about anything can stick, if the situation calls for it.

I remember reading through the newspaper one day, and saw an obituary for a biker who's name was "Picnic Table". You wonder what the story was behind that. I thought that was a cool name.

But don't rush to come up with a nickname. Let time go by, and somewhere along the way, the moment will arrive. Sometimes it's the story of how you got your nickname that makes it such a good name.

Once that moment arrives, and you have a good nickname, then only give out that nickname to everyone you meet. It'll stick that way.

117 comments:

  1. I have been graciously bestowed upon me the call-sign of "VD". Kinda sucks, lol. I get called "Viking Dave" since my roots are from Denmark. VD is shorter. The other reason, from what I have been told, is I know how to get under people's skin.

    I get the brunt of alot of jokes but it's all good.

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  2. I sort of lucked out.

    When I started my blog, out of paranoia about using my real name on the internet, I wrote under Joker. Why? I always liked both the Batman villain, and the playing card. It was only supposed to be a pen name, like some authors use.

    Eventually, word of my blog started going around my HOG Chapter and many of the members now read it. Many of them also now call me Joker. My name is John, so I guess that falls back to what you said about common names being more likely to be taken over by a nickname.

    The thing that cemented it was when our Merch. Officer started taking orders for a new batch of name tags. I was writing "John" on the list, and Wendy interrupted me saying, "No, no, no...you're definitely the Joker!" Finally got the tag last night as a matter of fact.

    I could have done worse. The only thing I don't like is there really isn't a "story" behind it like most of the really good nicknames. It beats the hell out of "Picnic Table" though! I can only imagine the story behind that one!

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  3. Funny, I thought they called you Joker because you actually look like The Joker on Batman.

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  4. LMAO! Really? You think so? That's a riot, but I hate to break the news to you, nobody's ever told me they think I look like Caesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, or Heath Ledger.

    I'm planning on doing the full-makeup for Blackstone's annual Halloween bash this year, so who knows, after that, you just may have something there!

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  5. I have to disagree with you Joker. The way you got your name is a unique and interesting story.

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  6. My brother has the best nickname ever, "Nosehit Neal". Now that he's a grown and respectable business man he really bristles when calling him that!

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  7. Ok so what about a woman biker, I recently pledged to a chapter in Arkansas. So thought maybe you guys could help me out with a name. Thinking of Kurrupt, Sassy or Mz Understood.... A friend of mine said,"Passion Rider" well thats not going to happen! LOL I am a nurse so the pres suggested, "Nurzatwk". In need of some assistances...

    Signed,
    Nameless in Arkansas
    "Lessa" for real

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    1. Wratchet...as in Nurse Wratchet

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    2. I agree... Wratchet sounds clever. :-)

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  8. A good nickname should always be as derogatory as possible.

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  9. I get called Biker Boy Matthew or just BB.

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  10. In our group you get named by another member. And it comes from somethng that happens on a ride or at a meeting. Then when someone asks why they call you that... a brother jumps up and tells the story on you. So Derogatory no, Embarrassing more than likely.

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  11. I agree, I got nicknamed "Slider" after hitting a patch of gravel with my back tire in a left hand turn. Caused me to go off road. Thank God on an old country road. I stuck with it and after going off in a ditch, missing a huge tree, over its roots and slided gently into the going up side of a gully to lay her down. No damage to me or bike. Folks behind me said, don't know where you got the riding skills to come out of that - made my mouth pucker, but sure was fun to watch.

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  12. Nameless in Arkansas, You are a female nurse that rides? I have a name for you... Voodoo.

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    1. Nurse Ratchet From the movie "One Flew Over the

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    2. More common than you'd think! I'm also a chic biker RN. Love "Wratchet"

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  13. Any suggestions for a guy that rides with a paralyzed arm?

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    1. Tell the story of why it is paralyzed and I can name ya

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    2. how bout "Nemo" as in the Disney fish that has a magic flipper?

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  14. I recently became an ol 'lady of a popular motorcycle club member. We're trying to find a good nickname for me! Im 5'8 180 lbs and have been told not sore on the eyes! First they called me lipps for thats because that's the first thing you notice, always have lipstick on! Then because I like to take care of business, if ya know what I mean! They called me Tyson for I've been told I fight like a man! Most don't mess around after my slam, ground fighting is my speciality if they make it that far! Lmao! I wanted a cute name cuz I love my high heels, low cut shirts ect. But it seems more like my fighting abilities are more interesting to them! Talk shit, get hit! Can ya'll help this southern Girl out!

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    1. Lucy...from lucy ball and from Charlie brown.

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  15. People call my husband Bear because he always has a hairy 5 o'clock shadow.
    My firend goes by Pock. He was riding a tiny motorcycle when the tire exploded. It made a super weird sound so that suck with him.
    Everyone calls me Tippy. Because no matter what sport bike I ride I can barely touch the ground. I'm also known as the Flyin' Hawaiian...since I'm Hawaiian.

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  16. For the lipstick lady - what about "Houlihan" - from Hot Lips Houlihan from the old Mash series?

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  17. My road name is Guardrail, I have a very interesting story on how I got that name. And eekgads I'm not going to go any further with that. My ole ladies road name is Bossy Boots. She is incredibly hot, 105lbs you know the deal. She gets rowdy when we drink at our biker gatherings and is a blast to have around, I'm a lucky guy. She wears tall biker boots with her tight ass jeans. I named one of my Bros "Elephant". No one else out there has that. He told me and others in a meeting that he never forgets anything. Lmao, when waiting for a road name, be careful of what you say, and in my case what you do. Another interesting name is kickstand that a bro of mine got for not putting his kickstand up while getting gas at the pump in front of a ton of girls and the world, lol that was awesome. See you all out on the road, good riding, and hope those of you wanting a road name find the perfect name.

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  18. My road name is Cuss. My real name is Mark, but all my friends have called me Marcus. So, I became Cuss !

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  19. what about a guy who is quiet until he gets to know people

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    1. Shyster or Shylock

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  20. What a man with a new hip

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  21. What about a lady name. my mom just joined a ladh biker group and she has no clue. shes quiet, has long red hair other thanvthat shes just a mom/grandma who.loves to ride

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    1. My mom was honda sally and her name wasnt even sally.

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  22. I am a half black half asian, hot chick, pre med student that loves to ride her R1. I don't like the cliche names everyone is coming up with, and my name is short, so I don't have any nicknames. I am bold, and very independent, but the loving hippie chick of the group. Aaargh!! This is tough! Suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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    1. blaze....half black,half asian....hot :0)

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    2. Cliche
      "My name is Short!"
      HC -- hippie chick / hot chick

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  23. Hello everyone, im a female rider. My riding name is SAPPHIRE. My favorite color is blue and just about everything else is to. but to the quiet grandma with the red hair..STRAWBERRY... would be a great name for you.and to the half black/asian hot chick. everything you described about yourself says one word...LADY. sounds good to me

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  24. Hello, I am a female rider also and to the redhead I think Blaze is good. For the half blk, half asian hippie chick I would say Sunshine :)

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  25. Anonymous (March 8, 2011). Slot machine? In all my years, that could be the single funniest thing I've ever read. I can't stop laughing. Holy shit!

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  26. I totally agree.....LOL

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  27. My tag is Spasm, I'm bald and an excuse called me a Solar Powered Sex Machine (SPSM). People who meet me for the first time think I'm epileptic or something.

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  28. How about a 45 year old guy that is 5'9", 300 pounds, a big outdoorsman, Hunter and of course loves his Harley?

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  29. ^ - ass dragon -

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  30. I'm recently retired Navy, ride an HD Night Train, I tend to think things through (over think most often), never shy away from making a decision even if it's the best of bad options, always prepare for the worst, and always go prepared. I love to laugh and joke, but can shift to big-brother-protector mode or complete ass-hole in the blink of an eye. Most nicknames I've had were specific to things that happened while deployed on submarines or with my rank.
    Any suggestions?

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    1. Popeye - you were a sailor

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    2. Semen
      Boyscout
      Doomsday
      Anal Cyst (analysis, paralysis by analysis)

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  31. I am the secretary of a military motorcycle club and I am a german chick who recently became American citizen. I ride a FZ1 Fazer and love speed (not the chemical drug, but rather the riding drug). I love dogs and share a lot of them on FB, so I sometimes feel like the crazy dog lady...lol, Trying to come up with a road name is extremely hard if you don't stick out by doing things. Help? Mel

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  32. how about a guy with a lot of scars...three being bullet wounds?

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  33. looking for a nick names im in a bike club and i need a name i got red hair im fisty and love to party i dont but up with no shit

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  34. My husband and I just bought a Yamaha. My last name is Bloomingdale. I have blonde hair and in pretty good shape. Can you think of a good name for me. I like to have fun. And, no, this is not an advertisement for a date!

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  35. just started a biker club and need help with a name im lost for ideas and need some help. i would like something sexsi but classy

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  36. Ex-dancer now a nurse and married to a cop. Scorpio, love my hard rock and I'm a leader. Thoughts?

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    1. (Hard Rock) Cafe'
      Pole Position
      Fell Four (leader of the pack)
      Bandaid
      Donut (what cops like to eat)
      Stakeout

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  37. i got my nickname when i lived in s,c about 28 yrs ago.i was a dancer had blonde hair it was bleached lol.its snow.back then everyone thought it was cuz of mt hair.its part pf my shoshoni name snowbird.back then u coulndt say u were indian.so i went with half my native name..i still go by with it to most..so thats my story...judy

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  38. I am in need of a name. I have been trying to come up with one myself, but i think these things work best if someone else does it. I am a female that rides a Yamaha cruiser. I love the outdoors. If I'm
    not riding I'm on the water fishing or playing some type of sport. I have been told a time or two that respect comes easy for me, not to mention I give respect to others as easy as it comes. Probably because I am a manager that climbed the ranks quickly because I firmly believe in leading by example. Please help!

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  39. I got named Bumble Bee. I have a yellow and black F4 and when my husband and I ride with our Harley buddies, they say they are being followed by a swarm of bees. We even got an invitation to a wedding addressed to "Bumble Bee and husband".

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  40. Back in the day my brother being a 1%er and me hanging around the club house as a kid I got my tag, long story short I used to eat hamburgers all the time so taking from the popeye cartoon one of the character's was named wimpy, hence my tag Wimpy.

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  41. Very simple for me-No Good 1%er
    FTW

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  42. I'm new to the biker gang. And my boyfriend road name is Drop. He was a UFC fighter and he droped people like crazy. We are trying to find me a road name. that will go with his. I'm an outgoing person, Brown hair and green eyes.165lbs,5:7. I love to be dressed up all the time. I always have to have some kind on bling on my clothes or jewelry. What would be a good road name for me? Any ideas?

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  43. I am a female rider. My man is in a club and he is buying me a vest as I am now a "supporter" to his club. Having a hard time coming up with a nick name. I am a masters level mental health therapist, so he thought doc, but I am not a doctor. I am caucasian, but look Italian or Hispanic with long black hair and banging curves at 5'3. 3D was suggested for my "triple D's". M80 was discussed for my personality....Truthfully, I am a professional by day, but have this wild side outside the office. Thoughts?

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  44. im looking for a nickname, my husbands Bikername is GHOSTRIDER.. Im always dancing I love music ,im a people person ..Im the loud one of the crowd.

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  45. Know a guy from Quebec that the guys used to call the Crazy Frenchman or Pep (for Pépé Le Pew).

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  46. Trying to figure this out.................. 50 year old guy, Trucker by day, country singer on the weekends. 25 years ago when I was first learning to sing........ My now ex-wife said to her B-word friend " He thinks he's Elvis or something". So I was kinda thinkin' that, or maybe something to do with 25 years of driving a big-rig, I don't know -"Jammer" maybe?????? -HELP!!!

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  47. 4'11" petite elementary school nurse mom of 3 looking for an old lady name? I'm dating my soulmate who's a tough biker named whisper! I love to smile, laugh and take care of others! I am told I have beautiful green eyes. Help me come up with a sexy nurse name that would sound good with Whisper. Thanks!!

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  48. I laughed so hard when I read this! I am writing a book and would love some feedback on your all time favorite biker names! Thanks in advance!

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    1. Road Names: Lady Dye, Sunshine, Tater, Mayor, Reload, Buckshot, Radar, Kickstand, Pyro, Animal, Dirty, Nasty, Scooter, Gar, Iron Dog, Pokey, Itch, Preacher, Clueless

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  49. Sugar Tits, Sunshine, Tater, Mayor, Crow, Trapper, Wingman, Pyro, Itch, Kickstand, Radar, Buckshot, Gar, Preacher, Tweedle Dee, Lady Dye, Animal, Nasty, Dirty, Iron Dog, Superfine

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  50. Dobie-Has the qualities of a Doberman, Ole ladies Miss Behavin- shes either behaving or she aint.

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  51. Just joined a MC in Indiana and looking for a unique name. Im 5'5" and 189 pounds. Thick built. White and indian. Criminal justice major. Riding a yamaha R6. Ive been told im kinda ghetto. Lol.

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  52. Thick chic. 200pds..nice but keepitrea

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  53. I just joined a biker club and I wanted an idea for a biker name I'm a female I'm 5 foot 3 I weigh 105 pounds I have platinum blonde hair I love angels and bunnies my favorite color is pink and black I'm sweet and funny I had to Playboy bunny tattoos

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  54. A friend's GF was learning to ride a Sportster and pulled off the road onto a gravel driveway where a half dozen club members were stopped and straddled their bikes. She didn't get her feet firmly planted and went over, knocking down all the other riders.
    Her nick: Domino

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  55. Disabled vet..severe nerve damage in my left leg from injury in iraq as well as tbi and ptsd.5'10 200lbs. Love to ride but no one can ever come up with a nickname for me

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    2. Armyguy thank you for your service. I just retired from the Army last year and have lived through my fair share of explosions as well. Knowing more about you would help. What did you do in the Army and now.....so on?

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    3. I was an 88m(truckdriver) and was a SPC. Deployed to COB Adder 2009 in jan 2009. injured august 2009.

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  56. Ok i love this thread. Im a chic 5'2 very mixed race get askd all the time what im mixd with. Guys at wrk call me Pocohantus. I Date guy in MC & just srartd ridin n being on the scene. Everytime i get around a group and they try to give me a bike name there are many "i cant be disrespectfuls" comments & because of my looks the ones they do say always sound like stripper names; xxx, x-rated, Mz moreyes, D'light, Sinsual, Bootylish, Sexyred, Mz Allure etc. Help! I dont mind it being sexy but i dont want it to sound like im a prostitute. Any suggestions?

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  57. I love this it has givin me some ideas but I want something unique I'm a 4'11 mother of two and grandmother of three. have a bubbly personality and my best trait are my legs I'm always getting compliments. I'm shy at first and love to make people laugh. Any help is appreciated.

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  58. I joined BACA and need a road name. I'm 47 years old, 5'7", and 105 lbs. Everyone tells me I'm always smiling no matter if I'm happy or mad. My old dancing name is Corky and not sure if that fits me anymore. I buy storage units and sell them. Yes, like storage wars. I do a lot of donating to help others. I also drive for FedEx part time. My part of BACA is to collect vest to give to the kids. Please help need name soon, so I can sign up for training our road name is all we use for the documents.

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    1. Member of BACA myself. Great organization.

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    2. Yes it is. I just started and going to training in couple of weeks and need a road name and having to come up with one is really hard for me.

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  59. Me and my husband just joined a MC Club and Im looking for a hot rider name Im a african amercian female 5'9 kinda thick in the hips I am a take control person I like for things to be done right and Im very good at giving orders I am a true go getter HELP I need a name soon.

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  60. Need help with ride name. Starting hanging around with a club and the first two rides we went on it rained on us - they are suggesting something like "raingear" or "rainmaker" - don't really care for raingear. I just started riding about 1 year ago and ride a Kawi Vulcan Nomad. I am male, 43, caucasian and in the last 5 years have had a triple bypass, ruptured disc (from being rear-ended at a stop light), had a cancerous tumor removed from my left kidney and lost my father due to cancer last year. I am 6' 2", 250lbs, quiet, reserved, my wife told her friends I was an asshole the first time she met me and now she is married to that asshole.

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    1. Wellies - is short for a specific rubber boot used in the UK

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  61. "Boots". Im thinking rain. "Henley" (there's an anatomical name "loop of Henle" on your kidneys. How about "Deck" actor in Rainmaker Danny DeVito played him. "Lucky" afterall your surgeries and lucky to be free from someone who called you an asshole

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  62. Big Ragu - been called that for years.

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  63. I tend to analyze everything, I'm a twin and they call my dude T?

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San Diego, CA-based motorcycle rider who likes long road trips, old rustic bars, craft beer, and tough women. Can often be found where there's free Wi-Fi, writing about the mysteries of life. (Read more...)