Sometimes Greg will say something like "I spoke to Jen today," which to my mind is equivalent to saying "I spoke to a girl today" - we know several Jens, Jennifers and Jennys. A sentence like that needs to be followed with a last name, association, location or long convoluted story. Like, remember the one who was mean and dated our friend at the Red Lobster, not to be confused with the Medford Jen with the 'pher' we both adore so. It cuts down on the confusion. We need a flow chart.
Not that I should talk. I attended a baby shower for my friend Lisa Nicholson last weekend. I typically write my full name on my name tag to distinguish myself from the legion of Lisas I am bound to meet at any social function. Otherwise I end up as LisaM, some derivative of Liam+Neeson that I can't answer to. (I noticed two others from TeamLisa at the luncheon). Later that night, I met one of two Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jams that are on Greg's team at Symantec. Oh, and don't forget the time a customer a Blockbuster yelled at me because he was angry that both video stores in town had managers named Lisa. I needed 'to do something about that'. I guess it was too confusing for him.
(Apparently 'Lisa' reigned supreme from 1962-1970, when 'Jennifer' had her way with us and stole our pretty tiara. All she had to do was ask; we have gladly given up the title.)
That's why Greg and I gave our kids crazy unique names, so they'll be so original.
*What's that you say? What is that sound? Oh, what you're hearing is the sound of gleeful mothers prancing up and down the streets, rejoicing as the buses roll up and take their little angels off to school. For one day. Which is good. The snow days have added up and the only thing I seem to know for sure is my name, which might be a lucky guess.