I don’t think I’ve ever referred to or addressed Canelli by anything other than “Canelli.” Truthfully, it’s because I’m uncomfortable with calling him by his first name, “Lou.” No, that’s not it. I’m uncomfortable with Canelli’s parents’ decision to call him “Lou.” He doesn’t look like a “Lou.” So I asked my wife, “What is Canelli’s real first name?”
Without hesitation she said, “Nick.”
Nick? Yeah, I can see that. Half the greek and italian men I know have “Nick” somewhere in their name, whether it’s first, middle, or last (i.e. “Nickapapadapalopodos”), so it makes sense to me. (Historically, Italians are descendants of punk bitches who couldn’t cut it back on the Peloponnese peninsula 2700 years ago.)
So that’s what I’m calling him from now on. I recommend you do the same.