I've lived in the same town for many years and know a lot of health care professionals in the area.
A new patient, a 92 year old male, had previously seen one such acquaintance.
I had obtained some old medical records and asked the patient, "I see you've seen Dr.---- previously."
The patient smirked.
"Why are you smiling?" I asked.
"No reason, I remember Dr. ---- well. He's what I would describe as a slice of white bread."
"A slice of white bread? What do you mean?"
"You know, just a plain slice of white bread...no ham and cheese, no peanut butter and jelly...just plain...dull, you know?"
I smiled and let him know I appreciated his honesty and asked for him to let me know if he ever came up with a nickname for me.
I chuckled inwardly as well.
His description of the other doctor was right on the money...or should I say the slice.