Open Choke is the nom de plume of an anonymous oil and gas industry executive.
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Bein' a middle aged white guy, I have a fine menagerie of Pet Peeves. They make fine pets, Peeves... they don't shed or shit and they don't bite the neighbor kids. Here is one of my favorite Pets.
Famous authors, playwrites, or artists who refer to their less critically acclaimed spouses, who are also authors, playwrites or artists, as "the artist Joe Blow" or"the writer Jane Plain" in their bios. Why the The? It seems a huge affectation. I don't hear "The garbageman Dwayne Buggle". "The long haul trucker Jim Bob Snerbly". "The oilman Open Choke".
So let's all stop with the The, shall we? It just makes you look like a prick when the term is applied to you, and your spouse as an overly sensitive, unhappy, resentful, chip-shouldered loser when applied to him or her. Enough, I say.