RENICE WERNETTE'S FAQs
- Were you named after a saint?
- Actually only one person has ever
asked me this, but it got extra points for making me laugh hard. The answer
is "No." I was named after my father (did they want a boy for their first-born,
or what?!), ClaRENce MaurICE Wernette. Clever, huh?
- Do you know of any other Renices?
- Yes, I hear of them occasionally.
In fact, oddly enough, there is another Renice in this rather smallish town
I live in.
I also know a Christine Renice
who was named after my sister and me. But the last time I talked to her,
some years back, she thought "Renice" was one of the ugliest names she'd
ever heard. But then, when I was that age, I had planned on renaming myself
"Carol" when I grew up. It was a name I thought infinitely prettier than
"Renice" . . . We all have our crosses.
- Where are you from? (variation:
Why do you have that funny accent when you get tired?)
- I am a Texan. It makes no difference
that I've now spent more time out of Texas than in -- I was born in Austin
of a Good Ol' Boy from Beeville and a Princess from Old Austin. I will forever
be a Native Texan, and proud of it, thank you.
- Why don't you normally have
a Texas accent?
- I like to think of myself as a
chameleon (TIP: whenever you see a lizard in my visual work, it's a representation
of myself). Admittedly, it is a confounding paradox of my existence that I
seem to stick out so much, in spite of how hard I try to blend in.
At any rate, I still have access
to my native dialect when I need it -- and certainly there are situations
where it becomes a real self-preservation device. Indeed, the Texas accent
is a dialect of diplomacy. I know of no other with which one can
graciously smile while delivering a vitriolic attack. And that's why so
many great politicians (is that an oxymoron?) have come from Texas.
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