Caturday Quickies: Bun and Bucket

Those of you who have been following me on Facebook, know that Phil and I got a new car last year.  It was a pretty big deal, because it was our first new car.  We figured it was about time we treated ourselves.

The car is a 2012 Hyundai Sonata.  We went for the previous year’s model, as they gave us an incentive.

This be Bun

This be Bun

With a new car came a conundrum: what do we call her?  Naming a car is important, donchya know?

When Phil picked up the licence plate, the first four letters were BNVN.  He suggested we call her Bun Oven, a mnemonic for the licence plate.

“Why don’t we just call her uterus and be done with it then?” I said.

Sadly Bun Oven stuck, and Bun she remains.  We love our Bun, though.

This year, Phil wanted to get a pick up truck, “an old beater,” as he put it.  As we’ve tackled out home reno projects over the years, he’s lamented the lack of a truck to tote supplies.  We’ve either had to pay for delivery, or beg/borrow/steal a truck from someone we knew.

Initially, he was thinking of looking in the fall or winter, but when his mom announced that she’d be moving in October, he wanted to get one now, so we could help out a little more.

The result: Bucket.  It’s short for Rust Bucket and has nothing to do with her licence plate. She’s a 2003 Ford F150.

And this be Bucket

And this be Bucket

Do you name your vehicles?  My high school science teacher named his car Bucephalus. My friend Margaret, named her bicycle (when we were kids) Star-jumper.  Do you think the practice is silly, or endearing?

I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Caturday Quickies

5 thoughts on “Caturday Quickies: Bun and Bucket

  1. Our cars have never had names… Maybe because we buy really boring, reasonable ones that we consider merely tools to get us from point A to point B. And I have never had a new one.


    • Our last was a used 1998 Nissan Altima. Accordingly, the boring, dependable name we chose was Betsy. Hmmm … the “B” names are really lining up for the vehicles, aren’t they? Hadn’t noticed that before. Naming inanimate objects isn’t for everyone. I don’t know why we’ve done it, especially Phil, who is Mr. Science. Thanks for giving me some food for thought 😉


    • Mnemonics work well for the naming of the car, eh? Philipa seems a nice name. A person’s name. Phil has this thing with naming out pets: he’d prefer them to have what he considers “real” names rather than particularly dog-y or cat-y ones. Hence our last two dogs have been Nuala and Zoe instead of Bowser and Spot. It doesn’t extend to cars, though. Go figure.


      • Our dogs are named Patch (named by my son) and Boris (named by my sister) and I named the cat Poppet – that was a inappropriate name on one hand as there is nothing cute about her but I could easily believe she was fashioned by a witch lol


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