Watch This Space

by Marinka on October 26, 2009

I have a new post all ready to go, but due to WordPress’ anti-Semitism, I am having rotational issues with a photograph.  So while I wait for emergency crews to arrive, I’ll do something that I don’t normally do.

I’ll tell you about a dream I had last week.  Don’t worry, it’ll be short.

I was in Paris with some dad that I don’t know and his son.  We were taking a taxi.  And the boy threw up.

When I told mama this dream and asked her what it meant, she said, “it means you ate too much dinner.”

And now this, from papa.

The other day, papa called me and said, “I have something for you to ask your blog!” and I was just about to get all “You can’t tell me what to ask my blog! I have integrity and I won’t have people telling me what to ask my blog!” but then I thought, “What if it’s something really good?! And I can get a post out of it?”

So I asked him and he told me that he found his great-great-great-grandfather’s grave in Russia and it turns out that his name was Abel.  “That murderer Cain’s brother! I want you to ask the blog what kind of a person would name their child that.” So I said, “Why not Abel? There are people named Montezuma.” And he said, “Montezuma is a nice name. But Abel isn’t.” Ask them.

So I am asking you: Do you know anyone named Abel? And what kind of a person would name their child that.

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witchypoo October 26, 2009 at 9:45 am

It may have been wishful thinking if the older brother was a pain in the arse. You never know.


anna see October 26, 2009 at 10:18 am

I’m cool with Abel.

Not cool w/ Adolf, a little freaked out by Jesus, and not liking Damian (too many horror movies at a pre-teen).


melissaz October 26, 2009 at 10:21 am

My cousin is named Abel. But that part of the family are the crazy Jehovah’s Witnesses, so take this as you will.


October 26, 2009 at 10:29 am

Don’t know any Abel’s but now I have a name for my unborn baby. Thanks.


October 26, 2009 at 10:51 am

When Im in NYC next July, do you think you can arrange a special dinner for Papa and I? Nothing fancy. Just a dinner between friends.


Ann's Rants October 26, 2009 at 11:38 am

Papa is so cutting edge. Abel is totally the next celebrity name–girl or boy.

p.s. thank you for complying with the dream-telling guide you posted on my blog (still makes me LOL)


Ann's Rants October 26, 2009 at 11:38 am

I thought Lael’s mom wrote “unicorn baby”

Abel is a nice name for a unicorn baby, actually.


christy October 26, 2009 at 11:42 am

Don’t know any Abel’s but not really liking it that much. I like Ann’s comment! Ha!


Anna Lefler
October 26, 2009 at 11:50 am

What the hell kind of name is “Abel?”

Freakin’ yuppies.




Maelstrom October 26, 2009 at 11:53 am

No, and no.


October 26, 2009 at 12:07 pm

One of my cousins is a Labor and Delivery/NICU nurse. She said they had a girl come in a few years ago, who named her baby Chlamydia. Said it sounded pretty. Nothing my cousin said, changed the girls mind. After that, nothing sounds all that bad as a baby name. Able, meh..I’ve never met one. But at least he wasn’t named after a disease.


Laura October 26, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Laughing so hard, I can barely answer. Nope, no Abels that I can think of off hand… But, to be fair, I also don’t know any Cains.


Jonathan October 26, 2009 at 1:03 pm

I assume the dream is your Flash Forwardâ„¢


MsDolfinn October 26, 2009 at 1:12 pm

I do know an Abel. His son’s name is AJ short for Abel Junior. Although I recently found out that Abel is technically Abel Junior because his father’s name was Abel as well. Which means that Abel Junior is actually Abel the Third or as we have taken to calling him Abel Junior Junior. Apparently only confused families name their sons Abel.


Abbeke October 26, 2009 at 1:29 pm

My great uncle was called Abel AND he was a Russian Jew.

Take that, Papa.


rachel October 26, 2009 at 1:32 pm

I don’t think Abel’s a bad name, either. I’m thinking of putting it on my list of boy’s names. Just to spite your Papa.

And I think you had that dream because of that Balloon Boy.


magpie October 26, 2009 at 1:35 pm

I know no one named Abel. However, there’s an Abel company that makes fly reels: Maybe sic your Papa on them?


Elise October 26, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Mabel, yes.
Abel, no.


Sherry October 26, 2009 at 2:19 pm

The name freaks me out. No. No way. No can do it to a kid.


October 26, 2009 at 2:58 pm

i like the name Able. it sounds empowering. i also like the names: Ready, Go-Girl, and Yes-Wecan.


the mama bird diaries
October 26, 2009 at 11:07 pm

Abel is not good.
Table is kind of cool.


Sophie October 27, 2009 at 3:23 am

I know a guy who’s last name is Abel. One of the kindest people i’ve ever met.

Names that trouble me belong to the rising fashion for Israeli parents to give their daughters boys’ names and their sons girls’ names.


meghan October 27, 2009 at 9:23 am

there’s a show that comes on about a motorcycle gang and one of the characters is named Abel. his son on the show is also named Abel. so i guess if you’re alright with your son being a member of a motorcycle gang, Able is an alright name.


October 27, 2009 at 11:20 am

What kind of person gives their child the name Yuda (Yehuda)? My great-great-great grandma, to her son. It’s not like people named Yuda got pogrommed or anything. It’s like waving an Israeli flag in the middle of Tikrit. What was my great-great-great grandma, Feiga, thinking?


Lora Lynn October 27, 2009 at 1:03 pm

I have a really good friend named, Abel. Wise, even-keeled kind of guy. Nice. I mean, wasn’t Abel the good guy in the story? The victim? Now, if you went and named a kid “Cain,” I’d have a problem with that. That’s just asking for him to end up in the state pen.


Sheila October 27, 2009 at 5:41 pm

My daughter has a crush on an Able. He’s very cute. I like the name. Unless he likes her back.


Charmaine October 28, 2009 at 9:54 am

It’s better then “Unable”.

K. I’ll go home now.


Marinka October 28, 2009 at 11:37 am

Thanks, everyone!
Papa emailed me this morning:

I am totally pleased with the responses.

Normal people even goym would not name the boy like that.


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