Steve and Mia: Girlfriend plans awful name for their baby boy

Posted: October 19, 2012

Q: My girlfriend is expecting our baby boy in December. What I'm writing about is what she wants to name him. I'd tell you what it is, but I don't want her to see the name in the paper and know I wrote in. Besides, she's sworn me to secrecy about it. She wants to make a big to-do when the baby's born, which I don't mind. But what I do mind is that awful name she's come up with. It's like she put some letters together - Boom! There it was. I want my son to have a normal name like mine. What's wrong with a good solid name like Robert or Joseph? She says that they're too boring. She really has her heart set on this horrible name. I'm not even sure how to spell it. Each time I ask, it changes a little. The kid's not even born and already I feel sorry for him.

Steve: Is it Poindexter?

Mia: Get a third party to step in. Maybe you could get her parents involved, a close friend or someone else she respects. Better yet, get all three. Whatever you do, don't back down. No child should be saddled with a bad name. Studies show that a person's name has a bearing on how they're perceived, not only socially but also in the corporate world.

Don't cave in on this. It's too important. Good luck.

Q: I think the guy I'm seeing is a sex addict. He admits to masturbating multiple times a day and being obsessed with porn. I've asked him about all kinds of sexual practices, and no matter what I ask, he's done it, including some man-on-man stuff. And he confessed that when he was married, he cheated on his wife. But he swears that all that is in his past. I'm pretty normal, I think, for a woman my age. I can count my number of sex partners on both hands. And I've never had sex outside of a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship. What do you think?

Mia: He sounds like a sex addict. You didn't sign up for that. Run!

Steve: Did you ask him about goats? That's always been a deal-breaker for me.


Steve is a fifty-something married man who's been around the block. Mia is a younger, recently married woman with an all-together different attitude. They may not agree, but they have plenty of answers. Contact them at S&M@phillynews.com or S&M c/o Daily News, 801 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107.

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