I just came upon a Craig’s List ad for a house for rent at Lipoma Firs. Wait a minute, said I, isn’t a lipoma some kind of odd growth people sometimes get? A quick check with Google showed that I was right. It’s a benign tumor made of fatty tissue. Left untreated, they can get quite big.
Another check shows that there really is such a place and that it wasn’t just a typo. I have yet to find a reference to a fir or any other kind of tree called a lipoma, so what were the developers thinking when they came up with this name? Could it mean something beautiful or exotic in another language or did someone just not check their dictionary before finalizing the deal?
Are there any weird developer-named places in your area?
Apparently the name of the developer is Sam Lipoma You have to scroll down to the last six paragraphs. Still, with a name like that you’d think that you could do something else for posterity than name a golf course after yourself. Like maybe endow the Lipoma Center at a hospital. My ex-husband had a lipoma removed, and I just wouldn’t want that image to keep popping before my eyes whenever I wrote out my address.
Consider Lipoma Firs is right next to a former garbage dump, the naming may not be all that misleading. I played a round of golf there about 20 years ago and it was literally a cow pasture with some greens and the odor of the then still operating dump made for a less than pleasant day. Besides the old dump, it is also located at the end of an airport runway (Thun Field) and there is a shooting range across the street.
Boy, it never occurred to me that it could be someone’s last name. I guess I should have delved deeper into the articles when I was googling. I wonder if some distant medical-minded relative discovered what lipomas are and managed to get them named after him? I also wonder if Sam ever got called Lumpy at school? Anyway, thanks for solving the mystery, kittenblue.
You paint a pretty picture of the place, racer72. I imagine that it’s come a long way since its humble beginnings, dump and all. As for golf courses and airports, have you ever played at Tyee Valley? It’s right at the south end of Sea-Tac’s runways. “Sorry for that bump on the noggin, old chum. I yelled ‘fore!’ but that 777 must have drowned me out.”