Why my Nom de Guerre is Latte Jed

I’ve been asked a few times why I go by “Latte, Jed?” online. I know I’m dating myself here but I grew up on the cartoonist Gary Larson’s The Far Side. If you haven’t already, avail yourself of his work. He’s undoubtedly the king of surrealist cartoons – lighthearted but intelligent.

The panel in question is this:

Latte, Jed?

Keep in mind that at the time he drew this coffee culture in America was nothing like it is today. A caffè latte was a relatively exotic thing, so having a cowboy produce an espresso machine was particularly funny.