by Nick Bridwell (Customer Service)
Congrats to my brother and sister-in-law. My kid brother will soon be having his second son. That’s TWO for him and ZERO for me. This got me thinking: What would a real Saddleback Leather aficionado want to name his/her baby? Here are 3 boy names and 3 girl names inspired by the people that inspire Saddleback Leather: Also, feel free to use them to name your SBL gear, too.
- Barnes – My favorite Ernest Hemingway protagonist is Jake Barnes in The Sun Also Rises. The character, like the author, is an adventurer and a fellow who has been to war (Spoiler: he makes a very noble sacrifice). A smooth sip of the book takes place in Spain and has to do with bullfighting and drinking wine and walking down the street to where two men are standing, as men who are friends often stand, so that each holds in account the other as a third man takes in the vista of the mountains and the cattle at the foothill grazing on grass the color of absinthe. That’s my best Hemingway impression there.
- Redford – Robert Redford is an American icon. He is constantly classy, he carries himself like a champion, and I’ve never seen him in a role he didn’t take seriously. When he took a role in the last Captain America movie, I kept thinking, “Robert Redford is Captain America.” Check out his role in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, his work in the Sundance Film Festival, and anything else you can find on the internet and you’ll see why he’s a celeb I admire.
- Teddy – Teddy Roosevelt was a man’s man. He actually rounded up his friends to go fight a war (real hobbyist that one), delivered a speech after he was shot, and still managed to make huge contributions to the field of conservation in between his other extracurricular activities (Oh, just becoming the President of the USA and presumably wrestling lions for fun every morning before breakfast).
- Amelia – Amelia Earhart was a pioneer of aviation and a real icon for women of the early 20th century. Her accomplishments and her disappearance have left an eternal impression on the American psyche.
- Ada – Ada Lovelace was Lord Byron’s daughter. Not content to be the unappreciated daughter of the world’s favorite dead poet, she focused on her own interests, chiefly mathematics. Ada was able to pioneer one of the earliest models for a modern computer…Over 100 years before Steve Jobs was born.
- Robyn – Robyn Davidson was the lady who made a solo trek across Australia. See the movie Tracks for more on her. Her tenacity and free spirit should inspire all younglings to carry on despite obstacles and to stay steadfast in their convictions.
When my wife and I get around to having some little ones of our own, I know I’ll be doing a lot of soul searching. There’s a lot in a name. I might gift my son with the strength of Clark Kent, the poetic genius of Bob Dylan and Dylan Thomas, the soulful conviction of Atticus Finch. I might bestow upon my daughter the pedigree of Eleanor of Aquitaine, or the class and allure of Audrey Hepburn. There are plenty of options, but we are given one name by our parents and it should probably be a good one.