<CT> Some changes you should be aware of...

  • From: "Brian L. Johnson" <blj8@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: Juno_accmail <juno_accmail@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>,Calmira_Tips <calmira_tips@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>,Freenet list <freenet@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, POP3 list <pop3@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2003 12:06:50 -0700 (MST)

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Hello all, sorry for such a wildly off-topic post, but I need to
share something with you all about some changes in my life that will
affect all of you as members of a list I run... I apologize in
advance if this is too personal for you.

First, the pre-ramble: I've never been totally happy with my name,
"Brian Johnson". My first name is ok, but well, I didn't get to
choose it. I have a slightly hard time pronouncing it sometimes, and
because it has two variants in spelling (Brian and Bryan) having to
spell it all the time can get annoying. Besides all that, well, it
just doesn't FEEL like me in spirit.

I wonder, if we couldn't just give kids neutral names like
"child5267311" until they're old enough to choose? Ok, I'm kidding
on that one, please don't throw things! [ouch!]   :)

On surnames, I have the name Johnson simply because of the standard
western customs regarding marriage and naming, but I never knew my
father, and there are less than a handful of members of the (my)
Johnson family left, all of whom I barely know. All the family I've
grown up around and know and think of as family is the family on my
mother's side.

Additionally, well, how much personal identity can I possibly draw
from a surname that's common as dirt? There must be millions of
unrelated "Johnson"s in the world, and the nonconformist in me HATES
that. :-P

In toto, my name just isn't right for me, and in recent years has
started to really bother me. So I felt that the right solution was
to choose a new name for myself.

For first name, I finally narrowed down choices to "Robin". I know
it's a unisex name, but I REALLY like it. It has a nice sound to it,
and in conjunction with my choice for surname, it has a very nice
flow to it. That, and it's spelling is fairly unambiguous (I know
there is "Robyn", but that is very uncommon...).

For surname, I didn't want to be "Johnson" for the reasons mentioned
above, so I have chosen to adopt my mother's maiden name, which is
"Roe". It's a name I like, being the name of the family with which I
identify, and I want to honor that familial bond.

In a couple months time, when I can save all the fees that will be
needed, I will be filing a change-of-name petition at the county
court, so this will be my actual legal name, reflected everywhere.
At that time, the name "Brian Johnson" will cease to exist.

I am going to start using the name "Robin Roe" from now on, and stop
being "Brian Johnson". My old email address, blj8@xxxxxxxx will
remain active indefinitely, but I would like it if you'd use either
pel@xxxxxxxxxxxx or roro@xxxxxxxxxxxx instead, and call me Robin
instead of Brian. This will be my last post to the list as Brian.

I do hope you can all understand, and again, I apologize if this got
a little too personal for you (I felt the best way was to just say
what was on my mind and heart, even if it made you blush).


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