One of the criteria we had for picking Ryan's given name was that it should be difficult to shorten into a nickname. This is something Teresa has enjoyed about her name, and given my dad's intense dislike of ever being called 'Stevie' it was pretty easy to understand her position on the subject. Ryan seemed like a safe choice until about two days after he was born, at which point I lapsed into calling him 'Ry-Ry'. Oh well. Ryan, If you ever hate the nickname 'Ry-Ry', let me apologize now and get it over with. I kind of like it.