Porkchop.  I'm not talking about meat.  Porkchop is my nickname.

I never thought I would publicly tell this story.  We talked about nicknames last week on the Morning Show, and mine is (to say the least) unique.  Randy was curious about my name, and I shared my story with him.  It's your turn to hear the story.

I really have no idea what my dad was thinking.  My parents knew that they wanted a daughter name Katie, and her nickname is "Katie Bug."  It was just a natural thing to say.  It rolls right off the tongue.  The name Christine was another name they had selected for a girl.  One problem: there aren't a lot of nicknames that work well with Christine.  So, my dad decided to be super creative with my nickname...hence Porkchop.

Is it because I looked like a piece of meat?  My parents wanted to eat me because I was so unbelievably cute?  Thankfully, these weren't the reasons.  My dad just wanted something unique.  He's never heard of anyone having a nickname like Porkchop.

You can only imagine what the reactions were at my games or competitions in high school when my dad would either say, "Let's go Porkchop!  One mile left Porkchop!  You have an open shot Porkchop!"  I've heard it all.

Despite the embarrassment I had growing up, this nickname has grown on me.  Don't get me wrong.  I still get extremely red in the face when my dad calls me Porkchop.  But I know it's my name.  There is no one else in the world with this nickname.  My dad really found a way to have me stand out in the world filled with millions of people.

Thanks, Dad.

Love, Porkchop

Credit: Jim Manika
Credit: Jim Manika
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