So, there's a dude I come across online whose name is nearly exactly the same as mine--which is unusual. We are a totally small family with this particular variation of the spelling "Rith". There are many Cambodians whose name is Rith, but we are not related.
Rith's in my family came from the German-French border and had their azz kicked by everybody for hundreds of years, par for the course for protestants in Catholic France 200 some years ago, plus all the other unfriendly types to roll across the border since. A few Riths ran to America in the 1700s and were Pennsylvania Dutch: Mennonites, and there are hundreds of people around Pennsylvania etc whose last name is Rieth. A few members of the family stayed where they were, but my branch ran to a German community in Hungary, later coming to New York. Still with me? It is easy to track the Rith's because there are just a handful of us, or so I thought.
Anyway, this dude with almost the same name is French, non-Cambodian, and looks like me, frankly. I write him, and he has some English. We realize we are cousins, of course. BUT, he says, the family is very large, because they are all in the circus (?????) What circus? My family in Europe has a circus?
Blog post title? Van Halen. Enjoy.