Monday, January 30, 2012

What's in YOUR name?

I've always been fond of my name. 
I like the fact that it is a standalone noun, an ideal that doubles as a virtue. 
I like that it counts as a Biblical name without being something awkward like Hepzibah or Hezekiah or Ur. 
I like that it spawns nicknames like "Joyful," "Joy to the World," "Joyful Noise," "HappyHappyJoyJoy," etc.
I like that I attended "Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church" in college.
I like that it is a lyric in many songs and hymns (including "Ode to Joy," which I chose for the processional in my wedding). 
I particularly like that it is a Christmasy name.

However--

THIS past Christmas, I don't know if it was the economy (i.e., take "joy" in what you have), or if I happened to be particularly attuned to it... but it seemed like everywhere I looked (even more than usual), "Joy" was being used as a holiday ad buzzword.  So I started keeping track. 

(This is only a sampling, because I lost a bunch of photos in the Great Thanksgiving Procrastination Debacle.  Anyway, enJoy.)

FEDEX:
Send me anywhere!

PANERA:
Share me with a friend!

THE GAP:
You can find me in skinny jeans and an overpriced sweater!

KIVA HAN CAFE:
Or while wearing your skinny jeans in a hipster cafe!

STARBUCKS:
You can take me WHEREVER YOU GO!!!

PUBLIX:

You can even find me in the grocery store, just like that one awful sort-of-Christmas song.

SPECIAL K:
You can use me to (somehow) help burn off all those extra helpings of casseroles and slices of pie!


The more I saw, the more dizzying it became.  Couldn't those unoriginal ad executives think of something else, like "Jingle All the Way" or "Merry and Bright" or "Holly Jolly"?  Didn't they realize that Joys everywhere were being visually assaulted?  The world was starting to feel like one big nametag!


There comes a point, though, when you find yourself standing in the middle of Jo-Ann Fabrics, and you realize that you can either curl into the fetal position on the linoleum, or suck it up and decorate your ENTIRE house with your name...


And you just decide to go with the flow.


Have you ever seen your name in an unexpected place?  Where, and under what circumstances?

5 comments:

  1. I kind of died at the end of this. :)

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  2. Needless to say..... No. :-D

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  3. Now I'm curious about whether you ended up buying any of those "Joy"-emblazoned products...

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  4. That is hilarious! I actually keep on the lookout for "Becky" graffiti, because I kept seeing it here in New York. (I feel like there was one person in particular leaving Becky tags around where I work for a while!) I have pictures of a few different instances--one is in sidewalk cement, one is on the side of a big USPS mailbox thing. Unfortunately Joann Fabrics does not carry quite so many products with my name on them :)

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  5. Erin - in a good way, I hope (?) :)
    KXM - well, we can't have Christmas without the more common spelling of your name, at least!
    Medley - ...yeah, I couldn't resist. :) I limited myself to the red-and-white plate and the little rectangle tin, though!
    Becky - too funny! Maybe you had an artistic stalker for a while there. Jo-Ann's should definitely diversify!

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