How She Got Her Name

Everybody we meet wonders why we named our P40 what we did: Dream SeQueL. The unexpected capitalization (using the so-called camel-case convention) offers a clue, but only to the cogniscenti.

After we purchased our new boat, which was at the time named La Brisa, we debated whether to retain her name or select a new one. While “The Wind” is a nice name for a sailboat, it didn’t ring attractively in our ears, so we started making lists of potential candidates for a new name. We must have gone through a hundred possibilities…or more, but nothing really called out to both of us. I finally settled on Turtle Blues, after my favorite Janis Joplin song, but Barbara didn’t like the implications of “turning turtle” in a boat, so we agreed to “not go there”.

Then Barbara pointed out that the boat was intended to fulfill our dream of world-wide scuba diving after our retirement a few years hence, making it a sequel to our careers. When we added to that thought the fact that she was, for all intents and purposes, paid for by royalties earned on my six technical books and by the relatively generous salaries that my career in data management standardization earned, it became obvious what to select. Most of my career has been spent working on the USA and International standard for a computer database language named “SQL”. While that’s properly pronounced “ess-cue-ell”, it’s commonly pronounced “sequel”.

And that’s how she got her name!

2 comments to How She Got Her Name

  • Harleysmom

    I wondered. What a beautiful boat!!! Unfortunately, due to my bad Karma with boats (I have lots of storys) I shouldn’t ride in yours. But I think of you every time you go out and hope you are having a grand time!! Happy Sailing!

  • Jim

    Thanks, Julene!

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