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Sunday, July 24, 2005 :::


It was my friend Jeannie's birthday this week. I'm forgoing referring to her with her usual online codename because her real name is kinda pertinent to the story. Anyway, continuing on with my goal to make everyone a T-shirt for their birthday this year, I made her this:

You see, Jeannie has an older sister named Annie, and apparently when they were younger, Jeannie's mother came up with the brainstorm of saving money and preserving hand-me-downs by simply adding a "je" to the beginning of all of Annie's personalized items. Hence je-Annie. Add the embarassing pyramid-haired fourth grade photo and viola: the perfect humiliating T-shirt.

I like to imagine that Jeannie was in fact named for this very reason; that her mom had the presence of mind and forethought to name her Jeannie, for reasons of frugality. It'd be like if my mom had another kid and named her "jorDAN". Not that I was ever priveleged enough to own personalized clothing.

::: posted by dan at 8:33 PM :: [ link ] :: (6) comments Social Bookmark Button

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Happy Birthday jeANNIE!!! I love your mom becauses she is so sensible. She should write a book and sell it at the Fun Fair.

Secondly Dan, you mom would have never in a million years named her daughter Jordan. That is too hio and creative. Your mom is creative, but only in the glittery, 80's mime mask/scrapbooking kind of way. It totally would have been DANielle and you know it.

By Blogger brent, at 11:09 PM  

Man, I'm jealous! ;) When can I get a personalized T by Dan???

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:10 AM  

I am sort of jealous I did not get a t-shirt but seeing the horrific pictures you have of me I may need to re-think my envy...
Happy birthday Je Annie...that is awesome!

By Blogger Stacy, at 6:35 AM  

I'm with that first post - jealous as hell.

Seems like Dan et al. have a really fun, cool, fantastic existence. Kickball, personalized t-shirts, fun parties...


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:02 AM  

When is Je-Annie going to add a post here? I"d like to hear from her!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:32 PM  

I'm pretty sure Jeannie is my long lost twin. I have a remarkably similar look (read: hairstyle) that I sported in I think my 4th grade school photo. Perm + bangs = not the best decision I've ever made.

By Blogger Laura, at 11:53 AM  

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