Getting "referenced" by a relative's name instead of your own.....

  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 27, 2012 11:48 AM GMT
    Not really a big deal, but always kind of a chuckle to get called by your
    brother or a relative's name by accident....

    It happens to be occasionally. Sometimes even more than that. Was
    exercising at a Rec Center yesterday in a rural Kansas town (where my Dad grew up), where I have 2 sets of Aunts & Uncles and where I have numerous clients. A rec center worker was staring at me in my gym garb and remarked, "Jesus, so when did you start working out"? I said, "about 10 years ago". Later he referenced me by my cousin's name (Tom), which does happen sometimes. When corrected, I made sure to point out that Tom doesn't work out at all. We don't look alike so why the mix up?
    LOL

    Ever happen to you?
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    Jul 27, 2012 12:15 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan said...... "Jesus, so when did you start working out"? I said, "about 10 years ago".


    So Jesus is a relative of yours?!?icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 27, 2012 12:22 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidEver happen to you?

    Sorta. I have this first cousin (also named Tom) who when younger raced cars & motorcycles.

    One day I went into a BMW motorcycle dealership (co-owned at the time by the late Malcolm Forbes, with whom I sometimes rode, another gay story). I selected a bike, a R90/6 for aficionados, and gave my full name for the paperwork.

    "Oh, is your brother Tom Xxxxx?" the salesperson asked me, our family name being a bit unusual. No, I said, but I do have a cousin Tommy.

    "Well he was in here last weekend signing autographs."

    "Really? What for?"

    "He just set a new land speed record at Bonneville for single-cyclinder motorcycles."

    "Oh, I didn't even know he had taken up bikes, I thought all he did was race Porches and fly airplanes. Can I write a personal check for the whole amount or do you require a cashier's check?"

    And every time I went back there for service or whatever I'd get asked the same questions when they saw my last name. And like you, they'd slip and call me Tom. Never did run into Tommy at the dealership, though, and he never came along on Malcolm's Saturday rides that started from there.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 27, 2012 12:25 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said
    HndsmKansan said...... "Jesus, so when did you start working out"? I said, "about 10 years ago".


    So Jesus is a relative of yours?!?icon_lol.gif



    One can hope.... certainly someplace back there....haha
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    Jul 27, 2012 12:34 PM GMT
    My mom mixes up my name with that of my 18-year old nephew all the time. I'm pretty sure she really knows which of us is which, though. icon_wink.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 27, 2012 12:49 PM GMT
    showme saidMy mom mixes up my name with that of my 18-year old nephew all the time. I'm pretty sure she really knows which of us is which, though. icon_wink.gif


    LOL.... we could always yell "Show me" to prove it...

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    Jul 27, 2012 1:06 PM GMT
    Gotta make your name known! Make your personality stand out! I get this referencing too sometimes, from family or older asociates who know my siblings. But its usually generation related or who they were first introduced to. If your're not the first born of your siblings, then you may sometimes get referenced to your older siblings/cousins that people were first introduced to, or to people that stood out to them. Yes its sometimes insulting but it just goes to show that a person really doesn't place your name and persona in their faculty data banks if no impression is left. lol So you want to change that? Do something memorable that makes your name referenced to certain persona, an action, event or happening. Sometimes you just have to stand out and make an impression to get deserved acknowledgement. icon_confused.gif
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    Jul 27, 2012 1:27 PM GMT
    My dad does this with me and my brother's name. My brother and I look totally different and act totally different. When my dad calls me by my brother's name, he usually catches himself. That's ok. He's my dad. He spent many years at home with my brother during my brother's early years. I also know that my dad loves me.
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    Jul 27, 2012 1:30 PM GMT
    My cousin's name is Chris and my dad has called me that before. I'm glad that he accidentally calls me the name of the biggest screw up in the family. Thanks dad, love you too!
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    Jul 27, 2012 1:32 PM GMT
    My dad does with me and my 8-year-old brother. icon_rofl.gif
    He catches himself when he does though.
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    Jul 27, 2012 2:09 PM GMT
    I have four brothers and all of our names start with D so my parents would get all heated up about something and the wrong name would come out. Sometimes they'd just go down the list….one D after the other! LOL
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    Jul 27, 2012 5:19 PM GMT
    My brother ( Hans ) and I are 2 years apart ,but i would say that we really look alike . when i am in my home-country , this is not unusual for me to be asked , when does Affen come to visit ? icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 27, 2012 5:23 PM GMT
    I have three brothers, all of which have "J" names. I've grown to just answer to almost anything.
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    Jul 27, 2012 5:49 PM GMT
    My Mom occasionally calls me by my sister's name, which is okay because she's always referred to as "their favorite."

    One time, Mom called me by my sister-in-law's name, which was much more serious because Mom can't stand her.

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    Jul 27, 2012 5:55 PM GMT
    My mom call's me by my little brother's name all the time. It doesn't help that he's had a big growth spurt last summer and is now taller than me. icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 27, 2012 7:48 PM GMT
    I have 3 older brothers so it was an every day occurrence growing up. Now I'm more likely to get a phone call meant for my Uncle Mike sometimes.
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    Jul 27, 2012 7:54 PM GMT
    It only happens to my mom and only when she is really into whatever she is saying. She will run down a list of names before she gets to mine icon_confused.gif
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    Jul 27, 2012 7:56 PM GMT
    I happened a lot when I was young, but it doesn't anymore. I assume it's because everyone knew me and my brother growing up, but now we know different sets of people.
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    Jul 27, 2012 8:46 PM GMT
    Depends on how attractive they are.


    People at work keep calling me by the name of the super hoty in purchasing, He's 20 so I tell them he's my son. Oh the fun I'm having with that; him, not so much.
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    Jul 27, 2012 8:49 PM GMT
    People always call me God when I take off my shirt. I have no idea why. icon_confused.gif
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    Jul 27, 2012 9:01 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidPeople always call me God when I take off my shirt. I have no idea why. icon_confused.gif


    Nice Jesus complex.

    Maybe I should change my name to Wholly Shit.
  • Montague

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    Jul 27, 2012 9:05 PM GMT
    I've always been called by my fathers name since he died way back when..even though I was named after my uncle who died a few months before i was born...talk about tragedy. Also,my brother and I are always called each others names since we are practically twins born a year apart. icon_razz.gif
  • Musicman91

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    Jul 28, 2012 3:08 AM GMT
    My 2 brothers and I all have names that start with J so it happens alot. Also my one cousin who use to work where I work so I get called Joe alot there, or Paul because there is a kid who works there by that name and apparently we look like each other. My grandmother called me Jason the first year of my life and in school a few teachers called me Jason but I have no brothers or cousin named Jason..

    I also get called Dustin and Austin at times to.