Bubbles |  dooce®
Bubbles | dooce®

Bubbles | dooce®

FROM THE ARCHIVES | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON AUGUST 17, 2009

OK That’s it.

I decided that the name Marlo was one of the best players in December – a tribute to Marlo Thomas, a woman whose father started a children’s hospital in my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. And then in February, we downloaded all five seasons of “The Wire” and started watching two to three episodes a night.

EDITED TO ADD: Perhaps this type of addiction foretold the sinister machinations of how alcohol would systematically destroy my life.

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If you haven’t seen that series, I can’t recommend enough that you go right now and get your hands on it right away. The best show on TV. Never, in my opinion. It was actually hard to watch anything after that because nothing is as well written, acted or directed. We miss you. We miss the characters. When I finished watching the final episode of the final season, I felt like we had lost a lover.

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In season four it turns out that a really sinister drug dealer is brought into the plot, and his name is Marlo Stanfield. And we’re like, damn, people are going to think we named our kid after a drug dealer. FROM BALTIMORE. Should we risk it? Awww why not. No name fits him better. So we constantly refer to her by names from the series, such as:

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Hey Bubbles!

or…

Stringer Bell is ANGRY.

or…

Damn it, Kima!

I guess we won’t be laughing when she eventually grows up and gets charged with criminal possession.


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