A friend sent me this photo, which reminded me of another dog that I knew.
The dog at the marine railway that we used in Guaymas, Mexico, was “Deja Lo!” Which means “Leave it alone!” As in, “Stop that you stupid dog!”
He was a nice dog, but I suppose that he heard “Deja Lo!” so often when he first arrived in the boat yard, that he thought that it was his name.
Many years ago, in Texas, a man was building a boat. And, people would ask, “What are you going to name her?”
He always replied, “‘Damned if I know.”
When he launched her, he christened her, “Damfino” and thought he was so clever. Until the first time he tried to use the Marine Operator to make a phone call. (You used to be able to do that in the USA. They were fun to eavesdrop on.)
Captain: “Hello. I’d like to make a ship to shore telephone call.”
Operator: “Fine sir. I will be glad to help you with that. What is your call sign?”
Operator: Thank you. What is the name of your vessel?”
Operator: “I am sorry, but I need to know the name of your vessel. Can you please ask someone?”
Captain: “That IS the name. I am the Captain and owner.”
Operator: “I am sorry, but I really do need to know the name of your vessel. Can you safely read me what it says on the stern of your vessel?”
And so on. Like, “Who’s on first.”
I told this story to my friend John, when I was in high school, and he liked it so much that he almost use that name on one of his boats.
John’s most recent project is a very large steel vessel, that really should be called a ship. He named her, “Notayot” as in “not a yacht.” She is the big blue one, below.
I wish him well with his radio traffic. And everything else, for that matter.