Friday, March 28, 2008
Janet and Janet
and Janet and Janet and
me ... I'm so confused.
Omigod, people. So there's a big name controversy/contest going on at Miss Ann's, but I'm having an identity crisis of my own here.
For my entire life, I have pretty much been the only Janet I know. Oh, sure, there was the kid I met at camp when I was 9. And someone in my freshman dorm in college. Oh, and that song.
But. That. Is. It.
I'm pretty much like Cher or Madonna in my world. You know -- able to go by one name alone.
So imagine my surprise when, early in my blogging life, I met Janet.
Interesting, but then again she signs her comments like this: ~JJ
So no problemo. Just a fun side benefit of the big, beautiful world of blogging.
Then I was cruising around, leaving my witty nuggets in the comments section of various blogs, and I found that someone named (ahem) Janet had been there before me.
What the ...?
Well, we have exchanged comments and emails for awhile now. It's a friendly relationship.
And then there was ... JANET??
Hmmm. I'm beginning to detect some sort of weird cyberspace vibe happening here. But Janet and I also exchanged comments and emails ... and life continued as before.
Until this morning.
When I checked on one of my fave blogs, Pickled Beef, written by the amusing and lovely Tink.
And found that I seemed to have been there already!!!!
Well, not really, but there was already a Janet who had commented. This one.
Gotta love someone who goes straight for the Harry Potter reference (right, Robin?).
Anyway, we now have exchanged comments and emails and ... well, you get the idea.
But I am having a massive identity crisis here.
There are all these JANETS everywhere. I mean, seriously, it's not like Janet is such a common and/or popular name.
Take Jennifer, for example. I am regularly confused by the number of women with the name Jen, Jenn, Jenny, Jenni or just full-out Jennifer. It's confusing as hell, people, but Jennifer was, like, the most popular name for girls in the '70s and '80s and still in the top 20 for the '90s.
Janet? Uh. Not so much.
And in the amazing coinkydink department, I actually was named after my great-grandmother JENNY ... only my parents didn't want to use Jenny or any of its possible derivations.
So, yeah. They came up with Janet. Simple. To the point. Easy to mispell (you wouldn't think so, but I've seen Janett, Jannet, Janette, Jeanette ... and Ja'net).
And reasonably unique.
I'm not really the pissy sort, but I am a little protective of my unique-itude. And I was personally confused by all these Janets in people's comments. So I'm taking action.
Some of you may have noticed (or not) that as of Wednesday, I began signing my comments as The Planet of Janet (well, really it's all lower case -- cuz that's how i roll).
I also added a Janets Who Blog section of my blogroll. If you are one, let me know. I'll be happy to add you. We Janets have to stick together, you know.
But if you're some permutation of Jennifer ... dude, you're on your own!