I’m gonna need to see some ID.
Posted by jos76 on January 16, 2008
Remember back in the late 90’s when everyone that had a free email account (yahoo, hotmail, aol) saw all of their information displayed in the recipients email in-box? I remember seeing the senders full name and various other pieces of information at the top of every email that I received. Now, we wouldn’t be caught dead providing that type of information at random on the Internet (said Jos76 as he cautiously chose his year of birth to include in his blogname.)
But, had we not been freely given this information, my partner, Dac, and I would not be together today. I posted a profile on love@aol (remember when we used to access the Internet through aol dial-up?) back in 2000 and Dac responded to it, claiming that he saw that I was Portuguese (and French Canadian) and decided to reply because he is Portuguese as well. When I received his third email I noticed in the freely-provided information from hotmail that we had the same last name. “Oh great,” I thought, “just when I meet someone that I really like I find out that he is a cousin or something!”
I mentioned it to Dac and he did not believe me at first. In fact I had to show him my license on our first date to prove it to him. No worries. We are not related. It turns out that my grandfather had changed his last name when he moved here from the Azores, so though we have the same last name now, we don’t have the same heritage. Thank God! What would our children look like?