Although, Ralphie's costume and his dad's reaction to it did lend the inspiration.
Darling Daughter asked Santa to bring her her very own pink gi for Jiu Jitsu. ("Gi" is what the jiu jitsu people call the outfit they wear during practice and competition. ) She got tired of borrowing a gi from the stack of sweat-stinking, grungy extras the gym has. They smell like men's armpits.
Anyway, Santa brought her one, and she can't wait to wear it to the gym for the first time...mostly because she can't wait to see how the 30 grown men in her class will react to the hot pink color. She'll be the only one in the entire gym with a pink gi. All of the girls in the kids class wear either white or blue, and well, there aren't any other girls in the adult men's class.
Because...it's the Adult MEN'S class, you know.
She gets enough grief from a couple of the men in there who don't think a 5'2" teenaged girl should be rolling around putting the hurt on the menfolks. The rest of the guys are great and encourage her to do her best.
Anyway, she also needs a really cool fighting name.
For when she grows up and joins the UFC and fights in a cage and stuff.
The famous men on television are known as The Dean of Mean, Rampage, The Spider and one of our favorites Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell. The girls go by nicknames like Golden Girl, Lil Dynamite, and Tornado.
Well, none of those work for us. I mean, we don't want to steal someone else's name and we need to stick with something that "fits" well with Darling Daughter's personality.
So, in honor of the color of her new gi...and the horrifying idea of our daughter beating up grown men twice a week...may I introduce:
"The Pink Nightmare"
(oh...and her little brother The Pip Squeak...who incidentally outranks her by quite a bit.)