So the first shocking revelation: "Crabby McSlacker" is not Crabby's real name. If you went to Crabby's house and peeked into her mailbox, right before Crabby had you hauled off and arrested you might notice that none of the bills or junk are addressed to a person (or crab) known as Crabby McSlacker.
But here's where it gets even weirder: Crabby has not one, but two other names. She "writes" under one of them, and is known by this name among her writer and internet friends. She will even tell it to you now: she is Jamie Graham. For some reason, she likes this name. It feels like her "real" name. She has been using this name in various writerly and internetty settings for over a decade.
However, it is not the name she was born with. It is not the name she is known by among her long-time friends and family. She would perhaps like it to be, but she knows this ain't happening. Do you know anyone who has tried to change their first name as a middle aged adult? Crabby did not want to go there. Instead, she decided she would rather have Multiple Aliases and hence sometimes Multiple Personalities.
On the other hand, having multiple names can also be convenient. For example, the fact that Crabby's driver's license and the deed to the Crab and Lobster house and all kinds of other legal documents are in a different name than her blog? Sometimes very handy. Every now and then 'Crabby' encounters a Crazy Person who leaves nasty comments or emails. This would be a hundred times creepier if the nastiness were addressed to the name by which she could easily be located.
Do any of you have more than one name or identity? Do you have loved ones who have switched what they are known by and was it weird? Any other thoughts? (And Crabby has been so pleased (and amazed!) that nice readers are leaving comments even though she is in Slacky Vacation mode. Thank you all so much!)