Date: September 11, 2019 09:27PM
Tom in Paris just came out with it one day, a few years ago, and asked, "What the F is this Judic West thing you do all about!?!"
It is a fetish.
As fetishes go, there are worse.
It started when I was a 7th grader at Fifth St. Elementary School in Las Vegas, NV. (5th St. was later renamed Las Vegas Blvd. Boy, can I wax nostalgic about those old days!)
Our 7th-grade teacher, Mrs. Anderson (yes, the one who laughed her butt off when I did a book report on The Scapegoat and called it The Scrape Goat), told us about pseudonyms, and how so many writers had them. She gave us an assignment, for those who wanted to, to come up with a pseudonym, a pen name.
I was very intrigued by this notion, that I could be known by another name, one that I could make up all by myself! My birth name is wholly and completely Hispanic, and it is both common and unremarkable in any Spanish-speaking country. But here in Los EEUU, from the beginning of my scholastic career, every new teacher stumbled over both the first and last names.
So the notion of sailing through life with a name that would flow easily, smoothly from the lips of all my admirers was not only soothing but enchanting!
So I labored as mightily as an 11-year-old can (I was a year younger than my classmates) and came up with Judic West. I recall nothing about the process, except that my study desk at home was Avocado Green.
Judic West has been an infrequent visitor in my head, always comporting himself with a studied nonchalance that I envy. And he's never worked a day in his life and has made love to women far above my station in life.
I dread the day Saucie meets him!!
My revenge on him is to make up really silly sayings and musings and to then foist them onto Judic, while at the same time ascribing to him totally preposterous titles and/or attributes. People would think I was crazy if I said all the things he did!!
It really boils down to me being a better fake White boy than I would have been a real White boy, if that makes any sense. Although Saucie says I am totally and completely a White boy on the inside...
There, aren't you glad you asked?