Sunday, September 14, 2008
Not So Unique
Thanks to my settings on Google Alerts, I am notified the moment my name newly appears on a web page. I set this up a few weeks ago, and didn't receive any notices for days. But then, last week, I was notified that my name had just appeared on Classmates.com. That's not such a big surprise, as I get messages from that site all the time. However, it turned out that the Eric Vanman newly appearing on the site was ANOTHER Eric Vanman, who is a high school student in Canada. Yes, there is another "me" out there and he still has nearly his entire adult life ahead of him! I've spent my life believing that I was the only person in the world with my name, but it turns out that it was an illusion. Still, this other Eric Vanman must be a distant relative. I will have to investigate.