Maya the bee, Buster Banana, Bullfrog and Nicknames…..


Nicknames….I have always loved nicknames, I especially love when I am the one to assign them.  You see, just like George in Seinfeld, very rarely can you assign yourself your own nickname and have it stick- you could be shooting for “T-Bone” and end up with “Ko-Ko the Monkey”.  That is the reality with nicknames you get what you get and unfortunately sometimes you can’t shake them…Some people have names built for nicknames- Thank you Three Dog Night for ensuring that nearly every time I meet someone for the first time I hear an out of tune rendition of “Jeremiah was a Bullfrog” that quickly trails off when people realize a) they don’t know any lyrics to the song or b) that I probably have heard this hundreds of time in my life.

So without further ado….here are some of the nicknames I have, or have had in my life and the history behind them and some classics I have issued

Miah:  This is obviously short for Jeremiah and was given to me by my younger sister Jennifer (Jenny-Pooh) when she couldn’t string Jeremiah together.  This was fine until Nickelodeon came out with this show “Maya The Bee” who happened to be female..also introducing myself as “Miah” led to “Myrah” when someone mis-understood me…My family and friends I grew up with still call me this.

Miah “the stud”:  I gave this nickname to myself in Jr. High…I am still surprised it never took off…hmmm

Grizwold, Grinder, G-Rod:  all renditions of my last name Grizwold was most used by my High School Principal Mr Day

Nimrod, Nims, Uncle Nims:  Joe Armstrong (legweak, leg, Golden Bear) is responsible for Nimrod, I met Joe one saturday night in Ellensburg, he was stumbling between the Palace and Oak Rail and again upon my introduction and hearing my last name Joe heard “Nimrod” instead of Grindrod….I really need to enunciate better.  Nimrod was quickly shortened by CVH’ers to Nims etc.  Lead CVH’er Jerry Reuble (Old School) gave me the nickname “sparkles” because I thought huge cubic zirconia studded earrings were a good look for me……fyi:  they weren’t.

Speaking of CVH:  my friend Jacquie gave me the nickname “Buster Banana” which has been shortened to “BB” I don’t really know the origin of this nickname, but the first time she called me that we were at the Oak Rail….so……..

J-man; J-dog; JW; JG; Flyin Mayan; and Aunt Janet (don’t ask) are just a few other aliases I have been know by throughout the years…..My wife refers to me as “sexiest man alive” as easy as this one would be to catch on lets let her keep that one.

My brothers and sisters (yes there is a lot of us):

John Jr is known as Jay I like to call him June (short for Junior) but when I do he breaks out “aunt Jan” older brother has the upper hand on this one, clearly.

Katherine is Katie…nothing really fun about that one sorry sis

Jennifer is Jenny-Pooh, Jenny, Jen all good ones

Kurtis, oh boy… Kurtis with and extra t before the s….Kurtis D.David (ask him or my mom about that one) Curly, Kurt

Kasey my little sister was known as “Twinkie” “Twinkle Toes” “Twink” clearly the winner in Grindrod nicknames!

Justin was “Mister” not sure about the origins of this one, but there were friends of mine who didn’t know Justin’s real name for years.

Kyle is one that has avoided a nickname that could stick….I have to work on that!

My family:

Keren my lovely wife: “Beauty” clearly self explanatory if you have ever seen my wife, or “Kare-Bear” which she is not fond of..

Jameson is known as “Bubba” this was given to him by his little sister while trying to say “big brother” and it just kind of stuck.

Kiara is known as “Princess” or “The most beautiful princess in the whole wide world” these were given to her by me.

Kylie is called “Chi-Chi’s” by her mom who swears the translation isn’t what you think it is…I like to call her “Snuggle Bear” I think I win…

There you have it! So, what nicknames have you loved or agonized over the years?



My better half, the cheese to my macaroni…


My better half, the cheese to my macaroni...

Everyday I am amazed I convinced this person to marry me….This is my wife Keren, she in addition to my kids will make many appearances in this blog so I thought I should share a picture so everyone gets an idea what out-kicking your coverage looks like…

For some reason it has been on my heart for sometime to start a blog… I don’t know really what my goal is, or how often I will post, I guess it depends on the feedback I get. I have lots of thoughts, ideas, and stories that I think people will enjoy and maybe take some inspiration from. My wife Keren has encouraged me to do this for sometime- she is a pretty incredible woman and sometimes still laughs at my jokes. She has given me 3 beautiful children: Jameson, Kiara, and Kylie who you will hear of regularly. After all, they are the worlds smartest, kindest, and most beautiful children (this is an unbiased opinion) so it would be a crime to withhold tales of their genius and tales of raising such gifted children.

Keren is the perfect balance to me, God truly had her in mind for me as it takes a special woman to marry someone as ridiculous and sometimes irrational as me. I always assumed it was my good looks that won her over, she assures me this isn’t the case (I’m still not convinced).

We are work from home parents, so its a good thing we like each other’s company. Three quick benefits to working with your wife:

1. Making out during the workday is encouraged!

2. Checking out your co-worker won’t get you sued!

3. Honesty…when you have a stupid idea they don’t worry about you being offended and tend to offer wisdom quickly (however, I still believe a lime green tuxedo is reasonable and appropriate for a leadership function)

This is just a quick insight to who we are- I hope you will enjoy what I have to say in the future.