On Catching Natitude

My mom noticed something different about my Beetle today.

IMG_20120617_110752What’s the decal on your car?”

“It’s a Washington Nationals decal. I picked it up at Big Lots a few weeks ago.”


I shrugged. “It was cheap.” True, it was only three dollars. And Big Lots had lots of Nationals merchandise. Of course, they’ve had the same merchandise for three or four years and it just sits there, clogging up the shelf…

“And this is Natstown, and I have Natitude.”

“No, this is Birdland. You’re outside Baltimore, not DC. And anyway, what about the Cubs?”

“The Cubs are my first love and my true love. The Nats are my local team. I’ve always considered the Nats my local team. I’m not some bandwagon jumper.”

It also helps that the Cubs are having a terrible year, while the Nationals have a pretty damn good team — and a good story — this year, so I don’t feel that I’m being disloyal to the Cubs.

She rolled her eyes. Or at least I imagine she rolled her eyes. I didn’t really notice.


Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

One thought on “On Catching Natitude

  1. As a Cub-fan I don’t see it as disloyalty either. As the Nats are in the Capital I figure we all kind of have a piece of them, right? I’d say they are my second-favorite team.

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