Cracking up

12 April, 2011
Rat Fink

Dual definitions, ja? I claim them both this day.

Cracking up: going on my third week of sleeping only 25-30 minutes at a time. (Flip over, wake up, Owwwwieeeeee ow ow ouch OUCH, reposition, wait for pain to subside, go back to sleep, repeat.) That’ll crack you up sure as you’re sitting there, Jim.

Cracking up: my amused reaction at yet another email, saying “I want your Twitter/email username.” Today’s installment, from a gentleman named Hayakawa, read thusly:

Why do you name RATFINK?
I want this account.

Well, too bad, luv. Not that my Twitter username is of national importance, but I guess I got lucky. Same with my Gmail address, which is just “my first and last name” at Those of you who know me know that both are quite common. According to How Many Of Me, there are 3,985 people in the US alone with my exact name (there are 10,000+ with the Thriller’s name, yipes). Again, sorry…I got an early Gmail invite and snapped up the easy username.

So I give ’em all the same spiel: half a mil US in a cashier’s check from a major American financial institution, and when the funds clear, I give you the password and walk away. I’m not greedy; I just want to pay off my mortgage and school loans, and put the rest away for retirement and college funds for my grandchildren. I don’t ask for much. Am I a good guy or what?

Is it OK to hate school right now?

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Country Mouse
Country Mouse
12 April, 2011 6:18 am

I was curious so I checked out my name on the “How Many of Me” site. I guess I’m unique – there is only one of me out there!!!! Must be that spelling thing!!!!


Rat Fink Reply:

I checked it on your name, too. Only 1 person in the country! But then get this…

I’m in Progress Book, doing my weekly grades, and I notice the middle name of one of my students. NO WAY! For real!!!


12 April, 2011 8:30 am

Ach Fink…… need to start thinking seriously about the operation. Honestly…you will wonder what took you so long. XOXO *smewch* ReplyRat Fink Reply:April 12th, 2011 at 1:34 pmI know, doll. I’m torn between the joint not being “bad enough” to replace (I can still walk a straight line with no pain…it’s just the turning side to side that kills), and running the risk of being a “three-time loser” — having to get it redone twice instead of once before I buy the farm. The doc says that maybe, in 10 years, we wouldn’t even have that conversation, because the materials… Read more »

12 April, 2011 11:58 am

That’s okay. We hate it, too. /:)


Rat Fink Reply:

It wasn’t too bad today, was it? I thought things went well…but then, I’m so loopy nowadays from lack of sleep, who knows? You could have really sounded horrible and I wouldn’t notice. HA


12 April, 2011 10:26 pm

According to the web site “How Many of Me” there is “1 or fewer people” in the U.S. with my name. Isn’t there any medication that can control the pain so that you can sleep? Is the physical therapy helping at all? ReplyRat Fink Reply:April 13th, 2011 at 5:38 amI know, I checked your name, too! “One or fewer” cracked me up. I suppose I could take narcs for the pain, but I’m afraid to. I know how they affect me, and I don’t want to feel more like a zombie than I already do! I wish like heck I… Read more »