I have an email address that includes my name. I don't use it much-- there are others I use more often-- but I set it up with the idea that one with just my name would be a useful professional thing to have. A couple of years ago I started to get weird things sent to that address. From myself, like. Or my alter ego. Another me in another place. Someone with my name. I would get emails sent to me, to my name, from my friends who weren't my friends. Apparently I was living in LA. And was contemplating buying a condo, because there was a real estate agent that was sending me listings all the time. A while ago I moved to the East Coast, where I occassionally get things asking me to complete a task for work. In a field I know nothing about. And I am constantly being told by the manager of the building where I live to come pick up the UPS package that is waiting for me in the mailroom. Can I tell you how weird it is to get things addressed to you that aren't to you? It was easier to dismiss these things when they were coming from LA. But they are now coming from a place where I used to live, and it kinda freaks me out when the yoga place I used to go to emails me about their new specials. Except that I moved out of that city back before the email provider receiving the emails existed, so it really can't be for me. Just for my name.
I've tried emailing people to say, uhm, wrong address. But it hasn't helped. Worse, a couple months ago I developed a new alter ego. This one is in another country. Now I get notes from a whole new set of friends-- even relatives-- employers, pottery barn, co-workers, a grant-making organization.... demanding things from a whole new field that I know nothing about.
Are people with my name so flighty that they can't remember their own email address correctly? This week Jenn-in-another-country got a picture she took with her phone in her inbox. My inbox. The inbox. Sent from herself. She can't even remember her email addy correctly to tell herself.