WHAT’S IN A NAME?

PHOTO CHALLENGE | NAMES – WHAT’S IN A NAME?


From Romeo and Juliet

Act II. Scene II.

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes 
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name;
And for that name, which is no part of thee,
Take all myself.

Irish Signs

At a crossroad in Connemara, Ireland. September 1990

At a crossroads in Connemara, Ireland in September 1990, a newly married couple (us) was trying to navigate from wherever we had been the previous day (Sligo maybe?) southward. The map was in English. The signs were all in Irish. The bullet holes in the sign are probably comments and opinions from others, like us, hopelessly lost and realizing there was no help forthcoming.

What’s in a name? A rose by any other might smell as sweet … but a road by any other may point us in the wrong direction and end us up on a dark, dirt road with no way to turn around. Or, in other words, a road by any other name is probably the wrong road.

Just saying.

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18 thoughts on “WHAT’S IN A NAME?

        • If there had BEEN any locals — or anyone at all — we’d have been chatting our hearts out. They were all very friendly, but that was the middle of … well …nothing. Just empty fields, rocks, roads, the occasional sheep. You didn’t even see other cars. Some local group decided Irish was the way to go. Maybe there weren’t a lot of tourists there. We were wanderers.

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    • Garry was the one who told me they were bullet holes. What do I know from bullet holes? But he was a reporter and murder and mayhem was his beat. He knew a bullet hole when he saw one, whether in a sign … or a corpse (spooky music up full, d/u fade to black).

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    • It was wonderful. We wandered and found places not on any tourist map. Met people, stayed in tiny little B&Bs and ate in the kitchen of private homes. it was THE best vacation ever. Being lost was part of the experience. We had plenty of time and no deadlines except to be at the airport when our plane was heading back to the U.S.

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  2. And well said indeed! We had the same issue in France which combined with having to drive a manual shift car almost ended our vacation in a very unhappy manner!! Excellent choice for the week.

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    • We were lucky since we weren’t on a schedule, so we figured — rightly, as it turned out — that wherever we went, we’d end up somewhere and find a B&B. But in other circumstances, it could have been … well … dangerous.

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