September 15th, 2003


Friday Five (late)

1. Is the name you have now the same name that's on your birth certificate? It's the same plus his last name, but I'm still doing the back-and-forth with the Social Security Administration until they understand that there's no hyphen. Maybe I'll just tell them to drop my middle initial (not a middle name, my parents couldn't agree on one) and use my maiden name as my middle name.

2. If you could change your name (first, middle and/or last), what would it be? There are a few first names I'd rather have, but if I told you I'd have to kill you. *g* Actually, if I did I'd collaborate with my best friend on it since he's the other half of my brain.

3. Why were you named what you were? (Is there a story behind it? Who specifically was responsible for naming you?) Depending on when you ask Dad, I was either named after the Allman Brothers' song "Melissa" (which I like) or Melissa Manchester (which I don't like).

4. Are there any names you really hate or love? What are they and why? I love my daughter's name -- Laurel Thalia -- but technically she picked it out and I just became more stubbornly attached to it after my older sister said she was going to call her "Oliver" if I did that (as in Laurel and Hardy, though she got the first names mixed up). There aren't any names I really hate, although it pains me when I meet people burdened with "unique" spellings (I went to school with a Kortnee, a Keighcee, a Jeniffer and some other horrendous misuses of phonetics) and there are a few names I have negative associations with because of individual experiences.

5. Is the analysis of your name at accurate? How or how isn't it? Fairly accurate. I'm not as serious as it suggests and I'm not sure I'm quite as reliable either, although I do try to be. Himself would also argue that I'm exceptionally indecisive when I don't feel a decision is serious -- I keep a running list of what I like to order at certain restaurants so I don't hold everyone else up when we go out. And it doesn't mention anywhere that my muse is an angry drunken bitch Collapse )