One of my readers kindly brought to my attention a disaster in the making. I don’t know if any of you have been following Angela Woodall’s recent interest in the Lake Merritt Monster, which, honestly, I had never even heard mention of until she wrote about it. Anyway, after an unsuccessful monster hunt, she decided it needed a name:
Seconds seemed like an eternity until the creature dove silently back into the depths. Had I imagined it all? Was it an optical illusion created by the waterfall, the moonlight?
Benny paddled urgently to reach the patch of water that a short time before had held the answer to one of Oakland’s most persistent legends. But the apparition had disappeared.
If only I had been able to call to it by name. Then it struck me. The creature had none.
Thus my plea to join in naming the monster by e-mailing your suggestions to email@example.com. The top five suggested names will be posted online June 27 and readers will be asked to choose a favorite. The No. 1 will be given to the creature.
Suggestions in response to Woodall’s request included Merrie, Oakey, and Nancy Nadel. (I did not send in a suggestion, BTW). Anyway, if you scroll about midway down the Trib’s homepage, you’ll find a poll where you can vote on what to christen the alleged Lake Merritt monster.
Currently, the ultra lame and also extremely awkward to say “Merritzilla” is winning by a huge margin, about 79 votes ahead of the second place “Felix.” Felix would be an okay name, I suppose, but personally, I favor “Sammie,” in honor of Samuel Merritt, 19th century Mayor of Oakland and creator of Oakland’s jewel, Lake Merritt. Poor Sammie only has 13% of the vote right now, 115 votes out of the lead, but I was hoping we could change that. So please, readers, take a second to click through and vote in the poll, because I don’t want to have to hear the word “Merrittzilla” ever, ever again.
And hurry! Voting closes the 14th!