A Guy Named Brook

Friday, May 26, 2017

Girls Tell Me That All the Time

A girl came to the door selling pest control.  As she was finishing her pitch, she asked me what my name was.  I told her my name was Brook.  Her face lit up and she said that was her name too.  I told her girls tell me that all the time.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Is Your Name Brook? Mine Too.

I was renewing my security badge at work.  I was at the security office.  The man in the office took my identification.  When he returned my identification and gave me my new security badge, he asked if my name was Brook.  I told him it was.  He said his was too.  He said a funny thing was that his maternal grandparents's last name was Brooks.

I asked if people were confused by his name and often called him Brooks or Brock.  He said they did.  I asked if his name was with or without an e.  He said without.  I then shook his hand and congratulated him on having parents that could spell correctly.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

You Might Have Got This Job Because They May Have Thought You Were a Woman

When interviewing for a job a while ago I was told that it would be difficult to convince corporate to hire me, since at that time I did not have a degree.  Later, after I got the job I was told that the degree thing didn't matter as much, because HR at corporate may have thought I was a woman.

I'm not sure if they were just teasing me or if affirmative action meant more than a college degree, but still an interesting story.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016


I got an email at work from someone asking for my assistance.  They addressed me by my first name, Brook.  I responded that we needed two things from them.  They responded later with one of the things I needed and addressed me as "Ma'am".  I told them that I still needed the second thing.  Later another response addressed to "Ma'am".

I mentioned it to my cube mates and they said that I needed to call him back in my biggest bass voice and say, "This is Brook.  I just wanted to follow up and make sure everything was working for you."

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Office Supplies

A couple of women came into our room that has eight cubicles in it to deliver some office supplies to us.  It was just me and another guy in there at the moment.  Everyone else was in meetings.

One of the women asked me if the item she was passing out had been ordered for me.  I said I wasn't sure.  The other guy said something like, "They were ordered for everyone, but Brook wasn't in here at the time."  She then asked, "Where does she sit?"


Thursday, September 11, 2014

My Brother's Name Is Brook

I walked into a service business the other week and the lady at the front desk saw my name.   She commented that her brother's name is Brook and that I was the only other guy named Brook she had ever met.

I asked her more about her brother after I finished business there.  She said he was born about the same time as me within a few years.

His parents had named him Brooke, but he changed it in his teen years to Brook to drop the e. Likely right about the time Brooke Shields became popular. Before that time no one ever connected my name with a girl's name.

I got a little teasing about my name in high school at times, but no teasing about my name before Brooke Shields and there was nothing serious even in high school.  Perhaps he got some hassle for the e.

It was nice to be within one person of meeting another guy named Brook.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Brook Steppe

I stumbled onto Michael Holbrook "Brook" Steppe when I was researching one of his teammates.  I have never seen anyone take the nickname of Brook.  I generally see people take Brook or Brooke and alter it to make nicknames (Brookster, Brookie, and so forth).

It appears as though he played for several minor league teams and five NBA teams.

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