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Friday, January 18, 2013

Gauging the incorrectness

How much trouble will we get into if we start referring to Portland city commissioner Steve Novick as "Napoleon"?

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I don't see a problem

Only a little...

A paraphrase of the Mae West quote might be highly inappropriate...

No more than usual.

It's flat brilliant.

He's going to bring you up short if you do.

Sorry, Jack, I think that nickname went right over his head.

I'd hold off thinking too hard about a nickname. Something will come up that's more appropriate and way better than this. Just give it a little time.

Didn't Napoleon just leave as head of PWB, or was that Boss Tweed?

The nicknames always seem to have a better ring to them if you incorporate their first name somehow. "Nurse Amanda", "Fireman Randy", "Scoutmaster Sam", etc. I do like the direction you are heading in because Napoleon reflects both his mercurial/ dictatorial disposition as well as his short stature. He also looks like Napoleon. Maybe call him "Emperor Steve" if you want to P.C. it a little?

Besides, Napoleon was a Leo, and Novick is an Aquarian. On that basis alone, I'm not convinced this is a great idea. You could end up with an Aquarian uprising on your hands.

Maybe "Steve Napole-vick"?

We have Mayor Char-Lie, Nurse Amanda, and Legend Dan, but then Jelly Fish.

Besides, Napoleon was a Leo, and Novick is an Aquarian. On that basis alone, I'm not convinced this is a great idea. You could end up with an Aquarian uprising on your hands.

I don't know, that's a little complex...

Well here's a fun fact: Napoleon was really around 5'7". Not short at all for the time. The diminutive description is frankly false. At his autopsy he was measured by English standards, which caused him to lose about 4 inches.

Anyhoo, as a "vertically challenged" Italian, I prefer the nicknames bestowed on me such as: Napoleon, Benito, Little Guinea, Little General..., so I would hope someone strong enough to consider himself a leader would not be flummoxed by mere monikers.

And he can always seek counseling with the organization I founded in the 70's: "S.H.R.I.M.P.S." Short Humans Representing Insecure Minute Persons in Society. For those of us who liked to jive, but measured under five-foot-five.

And now my little break is over. Back to work. Short day today for me. Like everyday.

Captain Hook?

Napolean had his Waterloo. We have the Water Bureau.

Let us hope he won't turn out to be the Admiral's follower.
If so, I have a name.

So far good at the halt of Washington Park reservoir project.
http://blog.oregonlive.com/portlandcityhall/2013/01steve_novick_delays_spending_o.htm

I will add not only hope but pressure/encourage council not to continue on the Admiral's destructive path! In my opinion, the economy of what is left here depends upon changing the course of the Admiral's ship!

Having advised not thinking too hard about this, I wouldn't want to myself, but what about Rear Admiral Novick, or Commander Novick? The naval theme 1) acknowledges Novick's debt to his predecessor, Admiral Randy, and 2) befits someone born under the sign of the Water-Bearer.

Napolean, that is OK, for Imperial Leader is taken back in D.C.

His campaigns into areas hitherto unconquered by the City of Portland remind me of Napoleon, but his wit reminds me of David Brent from Ricky Gervais' "The Office."

Mini - Randy

I'm fond of "The Littlest General".

I thought Sam was the rear admiral...

Putznick!

I still like Mr. Novickall

How about Rigoletto?

Would Nappy Novick work?

The real Napoleon's nickname was The Little Corporal. To be nice, Novick's nickname could be The Corporal.

What could possibly be un-PC? Napolean was a great man. His flaws and failures are vastly outweighed by his contributions- the Napoleonic code, his policies laying the basis for later separation of church and State, and introducing the metric system. Like Alexander before him, he just over-estimated himself, and his power to bring his brand of civilization to the rest of the world. Mountains, and weather elements got in his way, and things became messy.

Everybody's nuts over Novick

"How much trouble will we get into if we start referring to Portland city commissioner Steve Novick as "Napoleon"?"

Yes - Which Napoleon in govt are you referring to? Besides the real Napoleon actually did something worthwhile when he kicked out the king.

I think Usual Kevin is right that the nickname works best if it has part of the real name in it. Then I think it should tie into something significant the person did here in Portland. For Steve, the most noteworthy thing he's done is to have one of his ads for senator go viral. Therefore, I'd call him Viral Steve.

It sort of connotes something that spreads out to many and if you've seen the word count in his policy writings, that sure fits.

Viral Steve. That'd be my pick.

...and if you've seen the word count in his policy writings, that sure fits.

Yeah, but, Bill; you're a cheap date where "word count" is involved...

...leaving aside the CDC stuff.


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