Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Identity Crisis

I think I'm going nuts.

I was at the farmers market today during my lunch break and I heard someone yell "Amanda!" and I turned to respond. I am now answering to the name Amanda.

There's this really sweet older man at the shelter who thinks my name is Amanda. I don't know why, and I'm sure at some point I told him otherwise. However, sometimes things get really busy and you don't pay 100% attention to what is going on, and I think, on one of these occasions I must have responded to him calling me Amanda.

The thing is, he when he talks he uses people's names way too frequently. For example:

Erica: Hey Bob, How's it going today? (I changed his name to protect the innocent)
Bob: Hi Amanda, I'm great, Amanda. How are you, Amanda?
Erica: Pretty good, can I help you?
Bob: Yeah, Amanda, do you mind letting me into my locker?
Erica: Sure let me grab the keys.
Bob: Thanks a lot Amanda, I really appreciate that Amanda.

And on and on and on...

The thing is, he's so nice, and it's gone on for a few weeks now (maybe longer) so I don't know what to do about it. I'm sure he would be cool with it if I told him otherwise, but I'd feel silly because I've been answering to it for so long. (Apparently long enough that I'm responding to it in other places).

So, what do I do? What would you do? Part of me has no problem letting him call me Amanda, but sooner or later someone else might notice, and it could become awkward.

Either that or I'm going to start signing checks with "Amanda."

Never a dull moment!

Later Days Friends,

Erica (Unless you want to call me something else)


Allen Ewing-Merrill said...

I think it's pretty obvious what you should do in this situation.

Really, it's clear to me.

In fact, I don't think there's really any other option, unless you want to be super mean to this nice guy.

So here it is: just change your name to Amanda.

There are legal ways to do such things, you know. Just do it and be done with it. Okay, Amanda?

Anonymous said...

Yay!! Yay!!...a post!!!

Amanda, or Erica, or Firefighter's all the same to me!


Anonymous said...

I have to agree with Allen. It's really your only choice. Either that or tell him your middle name is Amanda and you go by either Erica or Amanda.

Erica Tobey said...

I just thought everyone should know, yesterday, he called me me Erica...I don't know what happened, but he seems to be over it.

Maybe it was a joke.