I was thinking the other day about namesâ€¦...you know, the first means of identification.Â You have many different types of names, i.e., â€śGod given nameâ€ť, â€śbirth nameâ€ť, â€śgov'mint nameâ€ť, â€śsurnameâ€ť, â€śfirst & middle nameâ€ť and of course â€śnickname.â€ťÂ Yeah, thatâ€™s the oneâ€¦â€¦Nicknames.Â I donâ€™t know about you but I have many.Â It seems like every place I go, I get a new nickname.Â Now, donâ€™t get me wrong cuz itâ€™s kinda cool.Â Whatever name you use to address me tells me where I know you from.Â I mean letâ€™s face it, brother getting olderâ€¦..and I donâ€™t remember everybody Iâ€™ve met over the years.Â Heck, sometimes I donâ€™t remember people I met last week. So theseÂ nicknames or sobriquets come in quite handy for me.Â It all started when I was a kid and momma would come to the front door and call me in from playing.Â That name stuck all throughout elementary, middle, and high school.Â Â Matter of fact, classmates/people I grew up with STILL call me by that name today.Â I would tell you what it is but truth be toldâ€¦â€¦.I canâ€™t spell it.Â Iâ€™m seriousâ€¦..I donâ€™t know how to spell it.Â I tried to come up with a slick way of spelling it when I was in high school but looking back, it wasnâ€™t slickâ€¦â€¦it was stupid and I shall not revisit it here.Â My freshman year in college, I decided to give myself a new nickname.Â I came up with â€śBobby T.â€ťÂ I thought it was cool but I attended college in North Carolina.Â You havenâ€™t lived until you hear â€śBobby Tâ€ť spoken with a North Carolina drawl.Â It sounded like â€śBOOO-BE TEA.â€ťÂ NOT COOL!!Â Seems whenever you give yourself a nickname, it always backfires.Â Sophomore year, while pledging Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc, one of the sisters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc, Â started calling me â€śThom Sweetâ€ť (my ability to â€śstepâ€ť while on line was sweeeet).Â Yeah, I dug that nameâ€¦.so whenever I hear someone address me that way, I know itâ€™s someone from Livingstone College (GO Bears).Â While in the military, I became known as â€śBTâ€ť or â€śThomâ€ť (with a â€śHâ€ť).Â The name â€śBTâ€ť is also used by individuals living here in Hampton Roads â€¦.so when I hear that name, I know itâ€™s either someone who knew me in the army or someone Iâ€™ve recently met.Â When I moved to Los Angeles, I told the first person I met that my name was "BT."Â This fool thought I said â€śTCâ€ť, so he went around introducing me as â€śTC.â€ťÂ I tried to correct him several times but his elevator wasnâ€™t moving at all, so I said what the heyâ€¦.all right, Iâ€™m â€śTC.â€ťÂ So if Iâ€™m addressed as â€śTCâ€ť, I know itâ€™s someone from LA and I go in the opposite direction.Â Most of those LA folks were just plain strangeâ€¦.with a capital â€śANGE.â€ťÂ Whew! But thatâ€™s another story for another time.Â Most of my time in Richmond, Washington DC and here in Hampton Roads as well, Iâ€™m addressed by my radio name, â€śBob.â€ť Â Now normally in radio, the name you use on the air is not your real name.Â Matter of fact, only one or maybe two of the 957RnB air personalities uses his or her real name.Â Thereâ€™s Cocoa Butter, Theressa Brown, Charles Black, Bob Thomas, Ben Casey and Kevin Kofax.Â Can you guess who?Â I knowâ€¦â€¦but Iâ€™m not telling.Â Everybody has a nickname.Â I've met Boo (2 of them), Gut, Pookie, Bird, Boojack, Big House, Fro, Pony, P Funk, Spook, Go Go Food Stamps, Flacco,Â Nose, the Man, Wolf woman, Wonder woman, Soup, Done Deal, Plate 'em, Kool, Lips, T-Bone, Fish, JÂ Rock (3 of them), ReMix, Snuffy and the list goes on and on.Â What's your nickname?Â Would YOU tell it?