Help a School That Needs a Nickname

Jason English

Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. Very casual. On to this week's topics of discussion...

1. A couple years ago, I posted a quick guide to naming schools. I'm still waiting for the freelance school-naming projects to start rolling in. But last week I received an email from the principal of a new school opening in Happy Valley, Oregon, called Verne A. Duncan Elementary. The school needs a nickname. Any suggestions? They want something unique and tied to the region. (Anyone know anything about Happy Valley, Oregon?) I'll send all your suggestions to the school's principal. Perhaps you'll be able to add "School Nickname Provider" to your resume.

2. I like to ask this question at least once a year. We all have colorful stories of terrible customer service. The most satisfying thing I've ever written was a running diary of my battles with Sprint Customer Care in 2007, which I posted on and led to the removal of a bogus $630 charge that had magically appeared on my bill. But I want to hear stories of good customer service. Have you had any restored-your-faith-in-humanity experiences with a company that treated you well?

3. My father-in-law told me yesterday that he bought a pack of (six) English Muffins and happily found an extra inside. This might not sound like a big deal—OK, it's definitely not a big deal—but I can distinctly remember the joyous time I found a seventh McNugget in my 6-piece. Do you recall a time you got too many of something?

4. Earlier this week, I asked if anyone wanted to make a New (School) Year Resolution. There's still time! Head on over to that post and leave a comment with yours.

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