Life has been so dull lately, I had to resurrect the naming of the fish story!! Sad times!!
When we bought our house three summers ago, we fell in love with the backyard. It’s our own personal oasis and camping pad in the burbs of Boulder, Colorado. It’s full of trees, bushes, flowers, grasses, an awesome fire pit, and it also has a very TINY fish pond with four Koi fish. When the previous owners asked if we wanted them, we immediately said “Yes!” They are so stinking cool and are a new kind of pet for us – 2 are orange and 2 white. They’re pretty low-maintenance and very, very sweet. Nothing like sitting in front of the fire pit with the sound of water in the background. Especially after a stressful workday.
To me, they are precious beings, so it didn’t seem reasonable for them NOT to have names. We spent an entire Friday night sitting around the fire pit taking ideas from memories that have brought us a tremendous amount of joy.
After a few glasses of wine, the 4 amigos/amigas were named!
Big and white – Ricky Bobby – named after the main character in Talladega Nights – played by one of our favorite comedians – Will Farrell. We spend many evenings quoting the kids in that movie. They had the best lines of the bunch.
Big and orange – Peggy – named after the customer support commercials from Discover card. OMG…this video makes me laugh EVERY time.
Small and white – Jimmy McGill – also known as Saul Goodman from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul – 2 of our all-time favorite shows EVER. We are anxiously awaiting Season 6.
Small and orange – Roxanne – named after one of the best Police tunes from the 80’s. I have this great memory of seeing them perform this song in Dallas, Texas – I think everyone lost their voices that night. SO.MUCH.FUN.
This Spring we had a giant snowstorm that dumped a good foot when we were out of town. When we got home, we immediately checked the pond. There was so much snow, the electrical outlet went out and the pump stopped working. I put my hand in the near frozen water and it felt like slush to the bottom. Grief struck….ugh, we weren’t home to save these babies! Sean grabbed the pond heater and extension cord…after a few days, we finally saw life. All four of them made it somehow. Phew.
We love all of our pets regardless of color, size, age, sex or species!
….i choose this….