Hey gang! It’s Mailman* here, of Lancaster County & Boutros Boutros-Ghali BoFN fame. But enough about me and my too-brief funny names blogging career – we’re here to #RaveforDave!
I met Dave almost exactly a dozen years ago at the University of Calgary, home of the (not-so-inspiring-on-account-of-being-extinct) Dinos. Dave, Arto, and I all lived on the same floor in Kananaskis Hall (a funny name in itself) as first year undergrads. My first encounter with Dave somehow turned into a feisty debate about the 2000 election, during which it became clear he was one of the smartest, most interesting people I would have the opportunity to spend time with that year, and for many years to come. I always thought he had a big brain, and with the discovery of his gigantic brain tumo(u)r, it turns out I was even more correct than I thought!
Before I get too far down memory lane, here’s my humble solicitation to take a minute to try to bring Dave back to the level of us mere humans** by helping him to a) continue to rid himself of said brain tumo(u)r, so he can b) continue his med school studies and fulfill his dreams of helping and healing others. You can do this by donating to his GoFundMe campaign, which will help cover medical expenses while he continues to undergo treatment in the coming months and years. Go ahead – I’ll give you a few minutes – I promise I’ll still be here when you get back.
[play favorite hold / waiting room / grocery store music here]
Okay, thanks for the contribution! Now onto the fun stuff – highlights from that first strange year of quasi-adulthood and a few of my other favorite Dave memories:
- Despite my empathy toward folks with funny names, I think I can pinpoint my true moment of awakening to the broader world of funny names to a single conversation in the Dining Center. Dave and Arto were leading a robust discussion on great possible band names, and enlightened us all to the joy of knowing that Jonathan Cheechoo (!) hailed from Moose Factory, Ontario (!!) – a double whammy only thought possible in my wildest dreams.
- One time when I was on a road trip from Tennessee to Alberta, Dave invited me to tag along to Denver for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, where he was a delegate for Barack Obama’s first presidential run. It was an incredibly cool opportunity and is part of what inspired me to get more directly involved in politics and ultimately move to DC – I can’t imagine I’d have the life I have today if it weren’t for Dave’s invitation that fateful August.
- Naturally, Dave has impeccable taste in music. After he moved back to San Diego, we kept up via email and phone and many a discussion was spent talking about music recommendations (usually Dave’s) and lightly mocking each other’ Last.fm Scrobbles (usually mine).
- At some point during a nice -40oC evening, the fire alarm in our dorm building malfunctioned and forced our evacuation not once, not twice, but THRICE between midnight and 3am. After the first time we all went back to bed; after the second time, a handful of us started a game of Scrabble; and after the third, we gave up and decided to spend what was left of the night elsewhere. Dave was the only one with a vehicle but as the Californian, didn’t realize that plugging in your car in the winter is a thing in Alberta and other frozen hellscapes. Miraculously, he got the van started eventually and we made our way to warmer pastures (the local Denny’s) to continue our game, but I think it’s one of the only times I’ve ever known something Dave didn’t, and I will cherish that feeling forever.
- Terrible movies were kind of my thing, but I knew that I had officially met my match with Dave. Whether in recognition of, or perhaps a challenge to, my self-proclaimed love for the cinematic scrap pile, he introduced me to the magic of “Buffalo 66”, “Eraserhead”, and most notably – “Manos, the Hands of Fate”. So to anyone I’ve since forced to watch those gems – you have Dave to blame thank. And to Dave’s brain tumor – whatever it is you’re not doing, go don’t do it somewhere else!
- Every year from 2007 to 2011ish, Dave, Rob, Arto, and others would put together a list of the 100 Coolest People in the World. I joined in on the fun for the ’09 and ’10 renditions and loved being exposed to a new collection of the smart, the interesting, the odd, and the inspiring. By all of these measures, my hypothetical lists for 2017 and onward would have to include the following:
#1: Dave – witty intellectual, future neurologist, future former brain tumo(u)r host, lifelong inspiration
You’ve got this, Dave!
*Since my last post in…cough2013cough, I’ve married someone with a decidedly normal last name and it is a WHOLE NEW WORLD.
**This is never actually going to be possible because Dave is the best and who am I trying to fool?
Reblogged this on Fannie Cranium's and commented:
Rave For Dave special delivery at the Blog of Funny Names.
That was a very special delivery! I’m so glad you brought the Mailman out of her Cart(er)!
Dave, you made me laugh out loud.
Ve haf vays of making people talk (write) on the BoFN, especially for a good cause. 😉
And it’s very educational, I would never have learned about Rickrolling or Banana-skis without this post. Just saying.
I love that you all lived in Kananaskis Hall. Who doesn’t want to live some place that ends in a kiss?
And I love your future list! Go Dave!
The best part was when my friend Andy and I realized that if you just put two little lines above and below the “K” in that word, it became Banana-skis. 🙂 I hope to be eligible for a Cool People List in the future too. What a beautiful post!
Banana-skis has so many possibilities!
Banana-skis is how I learned to spell it as a wee little postal person!
Now that’s funny. What a great way learn to spell. I’ll have to remember that!
Nice acronym there and what a great list of Dave fun facts! P.S. you’ll never catch me watching those scary movies.
I’m a sap for scary movies and spoofs of scary movies. I may have to check some of these out.
Thank you so much Mailman! (I can still call you that, Rosie, and Patsie, plus all those weird anagrams of your name I came up with (Poseanne Mr. Aminal, etc.) and can still use.
This was a beautiful post, and I’m going to read through it again once I wake up from my nap (just got back after a night where I was on call at the hospital and slept ~3ish hours. I’m going to read it again and love it… such amazing memories!
I can’t believe I got Rickrolled by a post in tribute to me. Well done!
Also, I haven’t thought about Eraserhead lately. Luckily there haven’t been any alien-esque babies on my pediatrics rotation so far!
SO MANY good anagrams and nicknames. My email research for this post also indicates that you once called me ‘R-diggity pee pee’. You can still call me that too.
Glad you found the Rickroll. I couldn’t resist.
Haha, perhaps that was when I was taking Ambien. But good stuff, R-diggity pee pee! I’ll definitely remember that one now! (And that one’s still valid even if you’re not a Mailman.
we learn more about the legend of dave with each post and comment )
Who knew he had such depth, such movie and music knowledge? Mailman, that’s who. 🙂
“. . . BoFN’s own Boo Radley emerges from the shadows to wrap up the Dave Rave with aplomb . . .”
“. . . Uh-oh wait a minute Ms. Mailman . . . oh wo, wo, wo-o-o . . .”
“. . . Mailman returns to remind us that Dave’s been places, done things, and known folks . . . Hail to the King! . . .”
Great blurb, MDiddy! Although, now I have the tune for Please Mr. Postman running through my head. Not a bad way to start the day. 😀
Fun to read, Mailman, Rosie, whatever we are supposed to call you. ?? Enjoyed reading more about Dave’s shadowy past 😉 Had known there was some political involvement but didn’t know details. Love that he was out there campaigning for Obama! Will be glad when he’s back full-strength as the planet really really really needs good people right about now. Thanks for posting, Mailman 😀