Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Other You

It isn't often I come across other Sierra Godfreys (fellow blogger Sierra Gardener comes close). Well, thank goodness for Google alerts! If for not that wondrous service, I might never have found this You Tube video of myself singing some song called Lotus Flower Bomb.

Alas, there were no explosions, as promised in the song title. I felt a bit cheated.

This isn't actually me, of course. For one thing, this singing and teenage (I think) Sierra Godfrey is cute, whereas I more closely resemble a gargoyle. For another, I would never in million years post such a thing on You Tube. (That's only because back when I was a teenager, there was no You Tube. I shudder to think how I would have misused the tinterweb when I was a teenager. As it was, when I was a teen we had to dial up--dial up!--and sometimes wait in a queue for entry onto an archaic bulletin board service that was decorated with ASCII text drawings. It's the equivalent of hiking twenty miles through the snow to get to school.)

Mr. Sierra pointed out that perhaps young flower bomb chanteuse Sierra Godfrey has Googled herself and my blog and site has come up. In which case, we sort of know each other now. Sort of. (She was going, "Holy zombie kittens. THAT came before ME?" to which my reply must be a rather devious-looking arched eyebrow and a "Quite. Quite.")

Have you ever run across other versions of yourself in this manner? Tell me about it. Also, be careful--because I just read an article yesterday about how employers are searching applicants' social media pages (mainly, Facebook and Twitter) and in some cases where you've cleverly put up deflector shields of privacy, demanding your username and password. (In that case, you must run from the employer. Do not stop at Go or collect $200.) Moral of the story: you could be denied a job because some teenager with your name posted a You Tube video and it did not involve exploding lotus flowers despite the name, thereby making you look like a liar.



13 comments:

Linda G. said...

I have a Google alert set for name, so I occasionally find another Linda Grimes out there. The most disturbing ones are the obituaries for "me" that pop up from time to time. *grin*

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

There are far too many MEs out there. Kinda surprising, I thought, with a name like Susan Swiderski. That's why I added my maiden name .... now there's only ONE me.

Cathryn Leigh said...

I'm quite certain there are other's of me out there... I've never looked to see what they are up to. As far as I know I"m the only Cathryn Leigh who's the forever 'noob' girl with a sunshine tattoo and funcky smile :}

Right now I'm the only one who calls herself Elorithryn... Every time I say that I wonder if someone will decide to jump on that name. I have had two friends use it for characters in books though.

And my husband tell stories of dial-up, where he and his friend would set to download soemthing and then talk a walk to the store a mile away and back to pass the time.

:} Cathryn

Kristen Lippert-Martin said...

For better or worse, I'm the only KLM out there. Although I have a corollary problem in that the first part of my hyphenated name, the Lippert part, is rare enough that people sometimes ask me, "Are you related to So-and-So-Random-Lippert?" Uh, no. "You're not?" No. "Are you sure?" Yes. At least I didn't see them at our most recent Thanksgiving so I'm pretty sure.

And then there's the opposite problem, having a name so common that it makes you un-googleable. That may be, ironically, a good ay to ensure your privacy as well.

Sierra Gardner said...

Having a younger, artistically inclined alter ego must be a Sierra G thing - here's mine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-A2EU2UQA8). Not only is she cuter than me but, sadly, she also sings better. Oh well...

Sierra Godfrey said...

Sierra I nearly peed my pants laughing. Why do we have younger, cuter, better singing versions of us on you Tube??? What is going on???

Sierra Godfrey said...

Kristen, I get the "do you know X Godfrey? Are you related?" often too, strangely. Especially when the Godfrey lives in, say, North Carolina and I love in California. Well, it IS a small world I suppose.

Sierra Godfrey said...

Cathryn, are you introducing yourself as Elorithryn? Certainly that makes you uniquely googleable :)

Sierra Godfrey said...

Linda, THAT is disturbing. Dang. I never thought of that. Sadly, all the Sierra Godfreys I've seen are younger than me so probably when they google themselves someday and find an obit, it really will be me.

Sierra Godfrey said...

Susan, adding a maiden name is a great idea. Godfrey IS my maiden name so I'm a bit stuck there :)

Jeffe Kennedy said...

I have not met any other Jeffe Kennedys, BUT there are an ungodly number of people who want to spell the Spanish jefe (boss) with two f's.

And, hey, I get asked if I'm related to THE Kennedys *all the time*. I always say yes and that I summer in Hyannis Port.

Sierra Godfrey said...

Jeffe, I LOVE that you get asked that Kennedy question. I mean, there are a million Kennedys. Love it. Thanks for the comment :)

Jeffe Kennedy said...

I know, right? Absolutely ridiculous!

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