Alternate Versions of Me

19 Sep

I have often heard people say, “You should Google yourself and see what it says.” Apparently, a lot of people do this, so I decided to do it, too. Now, I have a simple name that is probably common. It not common like John Smith, but it’s not Engelbert Humperdink, either. With a decently common name, I found a lot of alternate versions of myself.

The first version is a singer who has a MySpace page. Heck, I didn’t even know MySpace still existed. Anyway, he has a list of songs that can be listened to. My favorite is a cover version of “He Ain’t Heavy”.

I don’t know, but I bet a metal kid is kind of heavy.

Another version of me is the executive director of the AIA chapter in New York. Apparently, it is an architecture thing because he is a registered architect.

I hope he designed this because it’s cool, and he has a cool name.

The next version is a lawyer in Sugar Land, Texas. This guy has a long resume filled with numerous awards and a long list of professional organizations. My parents wanted me to be a lawyer. I guess that would have made me an alternative version of myself.

On second thought, maybe they wanted me to have another job. I can’t remember.

There is also a version that is a State Farm agent in Chatfield, Minnesota. I know what you are thinking. That is the most exciting thing you have ever heard of.

Dressing up as a bear might make it more exciting.

Somewhere in the list of alternatives, I found the real me. There I am in all of my glory – historian, lecturer, member of the Rotary, a regular jack of all trades.

Overall, this Googling myself thing was a weird experience because it’s a little strange to read about people with the same name as me. I wonder if there would be an explosion if a couple of us ran into each other. I don’t know about that, but I know that I would hate to be named John Smith. Wait, I would hate to be named Engelbert Humperdink, too.

16 Responses to “Alternate Versions of Me”

  1. Butterfly September 19, 2012 at 03:07 #

    My Chinese name is 100% unique. Everything in google under my name is me…It feels like being naked. So I’d rather be you than Engelbert Humperdink…

    • surroundedbyimbeciles September 19, 2012 at 03:30 #

      I’m sure it’s strange to see an entire listing of yourself.

      • Butterfly September 19, 2012 at 05:34 #

        and it’s such a boring version of me.

      • surroundedbyimbeciles September 19, 2012 at 13:05 #

        Boring? I don’t believe it.

  2. javaj240 September 19, 2012 at 04:05 #

    I think the real lesson here is: Don’t google yourself. What a uniquely 21st Century admonition.

    Thanks for the laugh!

    • surroundedbyimbeciles September 19, 2012 at 04:12 #

      You’re welcome. I guess it could be called modern problems. Of course, that was also a decently funny Chevy Chase movie.

  3. Manu Kurup September 19, 2012 at 04:06 #

    That’s a wonderful idea. Let me try it and see what happens. I wonder why I never thought about things like this before when I was bored. πŸ™‚
    Nice post. Your name seems to have some powerful effect though… πŸ˜€

    • surroundedbyimbeciles September 19, 2012 at 04:13 #

      Thanks. Boredom can bring about all sorts of crazy ideas.

  4. paintlater September 19, 2012 at 07:11 #

    Dear whoever , as long as you don’t google “Google” because you could break the Internet.(not my line- taken from a very funny show i love called The IT Crowd) cheers

    • surroundedbyimbeciles September 19, 2012 at 13:06 #

      That’s a great line. I’m going to try to break the Internet.

  5. Love & Lunchmeat September 20, 2012 at 03:43 #

    Since my last name is totally made up, my name is utterly singular. (And as an extra bonus, no one can find me on facebook.) However, I am definitely going to have to do this with my maiden name.

    • surroundedbyimbeciles September 20, 2012 at 05:11 #

      It’s definitely an interesting experiment. The people that popped up on my were kind of funny looking. I hope that’s not a complete pattern.

  6. adventurousandrea September 24, 2012 at 00:22 #

    What a funny post! From what I’ve seen of your blog, it’s quite entertaining.

    P.S. Take heart! Not all of us in Tennessee are imbeciles. πŸ˜‰

    • surroundedbyimbeciles September 24, 2012 at 01:01 #

      Thanks for commenting and offering kind words. As a native Tennessean, I know that our state has less imbeciles per capita than the other states.

      • adventurousandrea September 24, 2012 at 01:04 #

        You’re quite welcome! Ah, well, I’m not a native, but I’ve definitely met an eclectic mix of people.


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