Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Who Am I?

Every couple of months I have to use an alias for work projects. The process feels just a little bit cloak and dagger, and I try to have fun with it.

Each time the alias I choose is slightly different.  I always use my real first name ever since the day someone called me by my fake given-name-of-the-day and I didn't realize they were talking to me.  The surname is always unique.  Sometimes I plan the name out in advance, but sometimes I forget until I'm in the car driving to a location.  Then I look around for a street name or landmark that I can appropriate, or listen for something on the radio I can adopt.

For example, yesterday I heard a commercial that said a St. Louis Symphony concert would include selections from the Harry Potter soundtrack.  I decided that 'Potter' was my name for the day.  However, I'm nothing if not flexible, so when someone called me 'Porter' I decided not to correct them.

Five years ago today: Fresh and New

10 comments:

  1. How fun! I had an English class where we had to use fake names for our papers each and every time. Whenever I order a drink from Starbucks, I'm always tempted to use sprinkles rather than my real name, have yet to do that though.

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    1. It would be fun to see the look on the barista's face when they used your nom de plume :-)

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  2. Interesting having an alias! Sort of like detective work!

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    1. Yes, you can just call me Kathy the Detective.

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  3. I do that for the ever changing password game. I look at the mail on my desk, find a word or phrase, which I add to the list in my rolodex, and I'm good for another three months.

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    1. Interesting idea! I'll have to remember it.

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  4. Very funny. I use my husband's name when ordering food or such service where my name will be called for pickup. No one knows how to pronounce Delaine. Nor spell it.

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    1. And since your husband has a unisex name I'm sure no one bats an eye.

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