Husband: I really like your blog, baby. You’re doing a good job.
Me: Aww. Thanks honey!
Husband: I do have a small complaint though.
Me: [blank stare] Really?
Husband: Yeah. When you refer to me in posts, you call me things like “hubby” or “the hubs”.
Husband: Don’t you think I should have a cooler, more macho nickname?
The conversation went on like this for a while, with him tossing out a plethora of nicknames that better described his persona and overall manliness. And he was right. The man I married shouldn’t be flippantly referred to as “hubs”. It’s not right, not for him.
But what was my nubile blogging booty to do? As an occasional post peruser, I knew that many women used the initials “DH” when mentioning their men. It took me a while, but I realized later that it was a commonly accepted acronym for “Dear Husband”. (At least I think that’s correct.) But, I don’t care for that term of (lacking) endearment any more than I do “hubby”.
The challenge, of course, is to create a nick that suits my man, but is also obvious to my super kickass readers.
One of my favorite writers, Jenny Lawson of The Bloggess, simply refers to her husband by his first name. But since my preference is to avoid using the real names of my post subjects, that’s out.
Ree Drummond, the infamous Pioneer Woman, gave her husband the moniker “Marlboro Man”. Now, that’s more like it. It’s clear who she is referring to, it suits her site’s theme and it doesn’t hurt that it conjures up images of that Stetson and tight jeans wearing rugged guy sporting a lasso and a mean 5 o’clock shadow.
I’ve been thinking about this for a bit, and this is where I need your help.
To help-you-help-me, here’s a bit about the man/the legend:
- He’s a proud native of Northern Kentucky, and he is adamant that God resides in the Bluegrass State.
- He served in the US Army for 22 years, and retired as a 1SG.
- Bourbon is his mistress.
- He believes he should have been born a cowboy. And he acts accordingly.
- He’s a long, lean, red-headed machine.
- He’s smart, sassy, sweet, generous and professionally, he’s got one of those big deal business titles.
- And finally, he’s loads of other awesome things, but ain’t nobody got time for that! (He is on my about page, if you do actually got time for that.)
Right now, I have two diametrically different ideas. I’ll quickly explain both, and what I need from you is your unfiltered opinion and/or your other original ideas. You can do that for me, right?
Idea 1 ) GH
- His actual, real-life initials are GH.
- It’s similar to DH, so most people should get it.
- Because he’s a great husband. Plus genius, generous, gallant, gregarious, goofy, grand, gorgeous, genuine, gracious, and a guardian.
Idea 2 ) John Wayne
- He quotes The Duke semi-regularly.
- As mentioned above, he should have been born a cowboy.
- The two honestly, have a lot in common.
- He would like it.
I suppose he could also be dubbed 1st Sergeant or Mister or Jack Daniels, if you please. But since I just cannot decide, I’m enlisting you wonderful people in my quest. Please use the comment section of this post to cast your vote for one of my DimWhitted ideas, or probably better yet, offer up your own original suggestions.
The hubs and I can’t wait to hear from you!