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Carole Meekins: Positively Milwaukee

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Maybe it's me. But I have never been over picky about my name. I know who I am. I know how to say my name. If you do not..that's ok with me. It just doesn't get to me that much. I have been called Carolyn, Caroline, and a variety of other names. If someone says hi to me, and they call me the incorrect name, I usually just smile and say hello back. But I recently was in line where a man was arguing not only about how the clerk pronounced his impossible to pronounce or spell name, but was adamant about being called, the Third (III). Pleeeeeeeeese!!! I found that arrogant and annoying. Especially when this particular line was long and slow. Now I am all for individuality, and uniqueness, but this was taking it too far. He was upset the clerk could not pronounce his name. And even went so far as to try to give her lessons. Yes, I am not kidding. I remember once many years ago in another television market, the Lt. Governor came up to me and said after a campaign speech, Hello Carole I watch you every morning. Right name, wrong show. I did not have the heart to tell him that I have never anchored a morning show in my life. So I just said thank you. A few months later he saw him at a press conference and he came up to me unexpectedly and apologized. He said he realized the mistake he made later in the day. He also said, thank you for not correcting me in front of everyone. I said no problem. That's just not my style. I know that campaigning for public office can be grueling and difficult. I also know that my schedule is not at the center of anyone's universe outside my family. Unfortunately, too many people, like Mr. "Impossible to Pronounce or Spell Name the Third", did not get that memo.

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