Probably much more so amongst men than women, a telltale sign of friendship is plenty of good-natured teasing. The tacit understanding is you don’t tease about something that really might bother the guy, unless you’re really, really good friends. Even strangers can get in on the fun as long as there is something in their tone that lets the target guy know, “Hey, we’ve been there, too, and we’re going to help you get over it by making you laugh at yourself.”
There was a great example of this on one of the Facebook boating groups recently. A man posted this:
Hey just a quick question… if your brother has run-aground 4 times in the past week… Would “Sandbar” be a good nickname!?!
and quickly got over 100 comments. The brother chimed in, too, so obviously he knew it was just in good fun, and he seemed to be enjoying it.
The nicknames offered are listed below, but first a few comments and suggestions:
- (From the original posting brother): Very, very true my brother… I love you a lot and can’t wait to get down to St Pete and …run aground with you!!!! er..um… I mean run around
- Arrrgh . . . Actually, charts be more like guidelines…
- He’s obviously a “land ho”
- Change your ring tone (from him) to Gilligan’s Island theme
- A crusty old salt once told me that the only people that never run aground are those that never go anywhere. By that logic, I’m somewhere into my third circumnavigation.
- He was just doing a little depth sounding with the keel…
- If you haven’t run aground, you haven’t been around
- If he has a dinghy, he can call it HopAlong
“What should I call my brother?”
- Bar Hopper
- Calamity John
- Captain KneeDeep
- Captain Runaground
- Captain Sandbar
- Chart Cheapie
- Dumbass is a pretty good one
- Honest “Sandy” Sandbar, your Local Guide-for-Hire
- Lawn Dart
- Lead line
- Mr. Sandman
- Runaground Sue
- Sandbar Slim
- Sandy Asshole
- Sandy Bottoms
- Simon Sonar
- Sir Sandbar
- Skid mark
- Stands With Fist in Sandbar and Head Up Butt
- Stevie Wonder
- Still Sanding After All These Years
- The Clammer
- The Dredger ? Sanding still?
- The High Tide Kid
- The Sandbot
Eh, maybe it’s a man thing, but I’ll bet that 20, 30, 40, 50 years from now, something will spark the memory and one will say to the other, “Hey! Remember that time we got all those Captain Sandbar nicknames on Facebook?” And they’ll both be grinning.