Anyone who regularly reads this column knows that I am a HUGE fan of country music, a passion that dates all the way back to a week ago Saturday. That’s when I visited the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.
Me, the wife and sons Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 5 went there, while visiting college frosh No. 3 during his cawlidge’s “Parent’s Weekend.”
It’s got to be waaaaay more common for a “Parent’s Weekend” to include some tailgating and football rather than visiting museums, but No. 3’s cawlidge has no football team. The school did have a couple athletic events to offer, however, most notably women’s volleyball matches. I actually would not have minded going to see them, and No. 4 son (age 16) surprised me by also lobbying to go. Largely on account of seeing a poster featuring the team, and surmising that all of the young women are “hot.” Good thing he said it and not me.
But country music won out, mainly because that’s where the wife wanted to go, and so she and her five marginally interested menfolk made our way from the campus over to the museum edifice.
One of the first things visitors to the Hall of Fame do is visit a special exhibit area. On our visit, this space was devoted entirely to the life and career of Reba McIntire. There’s tons of stuff on display, such as her elementary school report cards, junior high yearbook pictures, and the like.
There’s also an enlarged photo of her family, taken in the early 1960s I think, and which included her brother, who is named “Pake.” My kids are always on the lookout for unusual names, and we all agreed we could not think of one other person we had EVER met or heard of named Pake. I haven’t been able to unearth the origins of this name yet, even after arduous research on the internet that must’ve lasted at least 37 seconds. Although I did learn that “pake” is Hawaiian slang meaning “stingy,” “miserly” and such-like. Anyway, if he ever takes up college football, I’ll be putting Pake McIntire on my annual All-Interesting Names Team. Not sure how likely this is to happen, though, since he’s 60 years old.