...both are names of famous female poetic inspirations, for Dante and Ben Jonson, respectively. Also, the names honor that magical moment in John Crowley's Little, Big (a book I just taught) when someone getting directions in Manhattan thinks he has been told, "you can take the bee or the sea" for the B or C subway lines. Thus, I can refer to them as our "subway rats," making everyone think they are wild.
The names of Will and Phil--who, in their former life in New Jersey, were Tim and Snowball--are also somewhat multi-leveled allusions. First--as you may know, Bob--womzilla's late brother was named Tim. We wanted to maintain some connection, but the same name seemed a bit creepy. Because of one of Tim's major interests, I though of Thelema, which became Will, as in one's True Will or Love under Will. And then, love, well, that's Phil. (Although we're not sure right now which of the two is dominant!) I also intend Phil's name to have a connection to the author Philip K. Dick. Since Phil is a PEW, anything he sees is a pink light experience! And the two names are both suitably visionary.
I've been trying "Philip K. [last name here}" names, but I haven't come up with one I like. "Philip K. Rat" just doesn't have the pizzazz of "Teddy Rattsevelt," "Isabella Rattalini," or "Coretta Ratt King." I can't think of anything ratsy that rhymes with "Dick" or is a reference to "thick/fat"--"Philip K. Fatrat" is rather nice but he isn't, really. Suggestions? And a longer name for Will? William T. Thelema?
I'm delighted with the new furkids. Bea and Cee are still a bit skittish, but Phil was bruxing in my lap this morning as we watched Under the Dome. Oh, rodent joy!
status: day off, mostly