This is my blood sugar meter, Gandalf Lathspell Accuchek. Yes, my meter has a name. I was checking my blood sugar one day and I wasn’t entirely happy with the number my meter was giving me. Ever the nerd, I immediately thought of a scene from The Two Towers: the evil Grima Wormtongue says with sneer to Gandalf the Wizard, “Lathspell I name you. Ill news is an ill guest.” Lathspell is Old English for “ill news.” (It’s also the opposite of the more familiar “gospel,” which literally means “good news.) It was deliciously geeky and absolutely perfect. So my meter’s Gandalf when I’m pleased with it and Lathspell when I’m not. So if you ever hear me muttering “Lathspell I name you” under my breath while checking my blood sugar, you now know why.