I don't know why. I always called the place I lived "the house" or "the apartment". I never said I was going back to get my purse from Bertha or The Fortress.
Maybe it's because they move. Unlike a stix and brix, these homes go with us. They "see" what we do. They are part of the adventure. In that way they are much more like vehicles and boats, which people do tend to name.
We take it personally when our rig isn't working right. We talk to them, encourage them, curse them. We have a definite love-hate relationship with them!
Bill and I enjoy a lot of the same things. Two of those are music and critters. We are particularly fond of reptiles and amphibians - and rock-and-roll.
We started looking for a "toad" to take on our travels. Called it that before we bought it, as many do. So we started looking at toad "names".
When we made the decision to go with a motorhome, and told others our home would now be on wheels, we envisioned a turtle or tortoise whose home is on its back. So we started looking at turtle "names".
A natural resource for us is music - bands and songs provide a huge database of potential names.
Bill introduced me to a SoCal band with minimal popularity and one song that I had heard. They are included in one of the playlists we listen to on road trips. Not a lot of people will make the connection, and we kind of like that too. We tried other names but kept coming back to them.
My kids grew up with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and until one of our last garage sales those gazillion action figures have made every move with us. We know all the words to the theme song. Bill has boys the same age and is very familiar with TMNT as well. Unlike the kids, we didn't have a favorite character, and we didn't really want a famous painter name anyway. So Bill came up with the song reference and it stuck.
As far as gender, we seldom make the reference, but it seems that our toad is male, and our turtle is a female. Why? Who knows. Some things just "are".
|Half Shell, our turtle|
Wet Sprocket, our toad (Toad the Wet Sprocket is the band)
If you see us on the road (we are going to get there) give us a wave and a honk!