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28 May 2009 @ 12:39 pm
My reaction to Bandit Lee was pretty much the same as my reaction to Bronx Mowgli - which was, and I quote:

MOWGLI! THAT IS FREAKING AWESOME! ... what the fuck is up with Bronx?

(Because ew, Victoria Beckham names her kids after cities; I expected slightly more of Pete Wentz.)

Bandit is cool, in an 'oh god, REALLY?' kind of way, but Lee? First, I think of that as a boy's name. Second, why not go for Leah, or Leandra, or something distinctly feminine to offset the Bandit part? I know, I know, Geeway is all about bucking gender norms or whatever, but when it comes down to it, Bandit Lee has at least two decades of battling with her sense of self and place in the world before she can happily and easily say, "This is me, so fuck you." (Speaking from experience - mine and others.)

It's also got me thinking about Panic babies! I think Brendon would just have the cutest children (I base this on the creepster family photos that I cannot stop myself from looking at). But what would they call them?

I think Jon and Spencer would go trad. Spencer would surely call any son Spencer. Brendon and Ryan, on the other hand...


"Come on, Vashti Lulu! You have a play date with Uncle Ryan's son Chuck Bronze Arashi."


"He gets that from his father."
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oops: Heart in lightsoddishly on May 28th, 2009 11:52 am (UTC)

'Sir Jon wishes his horse saddled'


Lololol I commented before reading the post. IT MUST BE FATE. :)

Also looooooool at Vashti Lulu and Chuck Bronze Arashi. You are right, of course. Heh, and oh my god - can't you just imagine when she meets Vicky-T for the first time and gets all these stars in her eyes? It's a girl with a weird name, just like her! Only hers is a better weird name. So ... little Vashti Lulu decides that from now on, she's only going to answer to Vicky-T. Yes she knows that's not her name. No she doesn't care, she wants to be called Vicky-T and that's final, SO THERE, DADDY, I'M GOING TO PLAY WITH VICKY-T AND YOU'RE NOT ALLOWED.

(Daddy Brendon! *______*)

Edited at 2009-05-28 12:05 pm (UTC)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: halowrites: majestic catscoradh on May 28th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
It would be kind of unwieldy at awards ceremonies and so on, but knock yourself out!


Vashti is a kick-ass Biblical character. I wish my mom had chosen THAT. /projecting on to Brendon's hypothetical spawn
girl; obsessed: bandom - jon is yummycomplications_g on May 28th, 2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
I think the Lee is family related, like, Gerard's grandmothers middle name, or something?

And actually, Bronx Mowgli is way better than Bandit! Bandit is just, ugh, I feel so bad for the kid. But, I'm kind of ridiculously glad it's a girl though. ;D

Why would Spencer call his son Spencer? He's not actually a fifth, so there's no family thing involved. I think Brendon might go with something a bit normal, but Ryan would go with something weirder.

Vashti Lulu, that's awesome!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: bands PATD Spence 5thscoradh on May 28th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
I know I've been totally indoctrinated by fandom, but if that were the case I would think he'd pick Helena. ):

Bandit sounds way more like a nickname. Mowgli is at least a real name, for a given value of real.

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jehnt: bsg - six/baltarjehnt on May 28th, 2009 12:08 pm (UTC)
hahaha, winnnnnnnn
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: bands FOB + Ashleescoradh on May 28th, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
Me or Bandit Lee? :D
xoxo, Geralynnbuildyourwalls on May 28th, 2009 12:19 pm (UTC)
you are the best thing EVER.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: owlsscoradh on May 28th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)

Blindmouseblindmouse on May 28th, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC)
I love Bandit Lee :-)

I think everybody takes time to grow into their name. Mine is a strange, gender-independent one, and I was uncertain about it growing up, but so was my best friend with her incredibly, incredibly normal name. And I like having a distinctive name now, fwiw.

Also, I think that Bandit Lee works together phonetically where Bronx Mowgli, whatever personal meaning its constituent parts may have, is a really awkward mouthful. (The only issue I see with it is that Gerard does like to use the diminutive of names, with Mikey and Frankie and what not, and Bandit Lee is going to be really hard to diminufy ;) )

Vashti Lulu would be a pretty awesome name...
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: halowrites: blue random thingscoradh on May 28th, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
As I was thinking about this afterwards (shh, don't judge me! Pre-exam is perfect rumination time) I agree: it's phonetically awesome. But, if it was like Mary-Kate or Mary-Anne I can buy it, but if Lee is just the second name it's never going to be used. I'm so down with 'Bandit Lee' though.

Cool AND Biblical! (Brendon's parents: that's not quite what we were hoping for when you promised us a religious name...)

Actually, why don't Brendon's sibs have more religious names? For a long time in Ireland, you HAD to call your kid a saint's name for it to be baptised.

I envy you your unusual name. I'd kill for something non-top 10.
you do often seem cursedivyenglish on May 28th, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
I don't know, I really love Bandit Lee. Even (especially) for a girl. At least the name flows well, unlike Bronx Mowgli Wentz, oh man.

I have a perfectly nice, common, traditional name (albeit with the less-common spelling) and I like it well enough, but sometimes I wish that, for instance, when they were showing the new people around at work, like they were yesterday, that when I was introduced, it was not with "And this is another Sara(h)..." (since I am one of five, in a department of twenty-five. yeah.) So I envy little Bandit Lee her distinctive name, a little.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: halowrites: child on swingscoradh on May 28th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
It does flow extremely well! (Until you realise the poor kid is a leeway, as murklins pointed out.) I still wish Mowgli was his first name. His pet name could be Glee!

So I envy little Bandit Lee her distinctive name, a little

Are you kidding? Me too! I have never once been in a situation where I am the only Rachel. At some point I was reading a thread on trad versus unusual names (... don't ask) and someone argued that if you are the fifth Rachel in a class, it inspires you to be different and stand out! It doesn't. It just makes you embarrassed when 'Rachel' is called on to read and three other people answer.
allyndra: Gerard Leads Through Charismaallyndra on May 28th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
I love the name Bandit Lee. My sister's name is Rory Lee, though, so I guess the androgyny of it doesn't bother me much.

LOL I want fic in which Brendon and Ryan are adopting, and they spend the whole, long adoption process debating crazy names with each other, getting more and more over the top, and then when she finally comes, they name their daughter Anne. :o)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: ra sariscoradh on May 28th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
Rory is a very common and normal name here (although, um, definitely a male one), so Rory Lee doesn't strike me as odd. Bandit, though? He might as well have called her Dread Pirate Roberts in a way - except that Brendon has obviously reserved that one. ;D

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murklinsmurklins on May 28th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
The only part I cannot handle is the Lee Way part. Leeway. BANDIT LEEWAY. Seriously, guys? Seriously?

My children will have the last name Lee and I am already fighting the Dart over giving them names that form adverbs. The poor things haven't even been conceived yet and already they don't stand a chance. Love Lee. Random Lee. Quick Lee.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: ra teapot and coloured cupsscoradh on May 28th, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
I really do wonder if that's a double barrelled name or not. Bandit Lee is better than plain Bandit, but Bandit Lee Way is dreadful - now that you've pointed it out. Poor kid. At least she has the excuse that her dad's a crazy rockstar. :D

But none of those are actual names! You have to be more sly. I ... can't actually think up any names that could slyly fit, though.
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SpinFrog: patd: Ryan Ross is the most ridiculous tspinfrog on May 28th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
Ahaha Chuck Bronze Arashi!!! I vote for Ryan's son being named Charles Alexander :PP and everyone just calling him Alex (and somewhere Alex Greenwald smirking smugly)..

every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Internet wins at lifescoradh on May 28th, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
Chuck is for Chuck Palahnuik. The others came off the top of my head. I wonder what that says about me...
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real men love discotakkatakkatakka on May 28th, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
Apparently the 'Lee' part is from his mother and grandmother's names. I feel like a creep for knowing that, though...

real men love discotakkatakkatakka on May 28th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
p.s as a person who knows what it's like to have the weirdest name in class - it actually doesn't suck too bad. Or, it does, but past around seven years old, kids just think it's ~enigmatic.
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not just posh nosh!yellsurprise on May 29th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)

Having an unusual name kicks ass after you get over wishing you were named Laura/Jennifer/Crystal Bead [trufax].


I really want fic now where the spawn of Panic interact and alternately hate and love each other. And their parents are totally competitive about their parenting skills. Like, Ryan's all "I read Animal Farm to my kid until he fell asleep, even when it was like 3 in the morning" and Brendon's like "Dude, weak. I played banjo for my little princess until I fell asleep."

every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: tattooscoradh on May 30th, 2009 01:03 pm (UTC)

You are not wrong. All though even Crystal would be preferable to my name, as I have never met a Crystal, but I never stop meeting Rachels.



Did I say moms? I meant surrogate wombs. :D
Liblibgirl on May 29th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)
I know this is *lame* but my brain is stuck at "I base this on the creepster family photos that I cannot stop myself from looking at" because I swear I have not seen these creepster photos.

every Starbucks should have a polar bear: halowrites: blue random thingscoradh on May 30th, 2009 01:04 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if you're saying you WANT to, but I have a couple on hand if you want me to email them*? I so would not feel okay posting them publically. o.o

* they are soooooooo cute.
Liblibgirl on May 29th, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
She may end being called Bandit Lee, in my family there are *lots* of people who get first and middle treatment all the time, including in some parts, me.

My cousin is Danny Joe and he's been Danny Joe since he was a baby, so it's hard to guess. Mostly it's going to be what the family calls her because that's what's going to set the tone for a while. : D

If they don't call her Bandit Lee, it's really unlikely she'll called Leeway. Though I don't have a problem with it myself. If she ends up Leeway, it'll probably because her uncle, Mikeyway called her that, which for me would make it 3x as cute. :D
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: Pretty shoesscoradh on May 30th, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
haha, if your cousin was Irish he'd be irrevocably Danjo. ;D It's very common here. There's a kid who's called John Donal near me - not just John Donal, but John DoNAL. You have to screech the end. Hilarous. :D

Leeway gets cuter the more I think about it!