Have you ever wanted to take a new name? You know, just for a change of pace. I think I might go for “California”. Or maybe “Madge”.
I once knew a guy named John who announced that in future he wanted to be addressed as “Crow”. He wasn’t joking. He refused to answer any questions until you called him Crow. This was problematic because no one wanted to call him Crow. Crow is the kind of name that you have to be born with or given in a secret ceremony (unless of course you are a deceased actor related to Bruce Lee, or a large black bird given to sitting on telephone wires). It’s not something you can just start calling yourself. And obviously, as names go, it’s nowhere near as cool as “California”. Anyway, Crow eventually gave up and went back to John. But for a while there, it was very quiet around him.
What is the point of this little anecdote? Well, there is none really. I am not taking a new monicker, even though it would be quite entertaining. (It would be especially fun to ask my publisher to put a sticker with the name “California Juby” over my real name on all my books.) I’m not changing my name or the name of this website. But my marvelous and talented web designer/friend Diane and I will be making some changes to the site over the next little while. So if you find it inoperable now and then, just imagine that it’s in its Crow phase and it won’t be speaking to you until it gets clear on just who it is.