-- Kurt Vonnegut
Sometimes, people go by their middle name. My middle name is Lynn. What if I just all of a sudden told everybody to start calling me Lynn. Would they do it? This is an entirely rhetorical musing, by the way. As I told Tom, fiddling with my name would be taxing and unnecessary.
Then I came up with a better rhetorical musing. Tom's middle name is Scott. His business partner is also named Scott. What if Tom went to work on Monday and told Scott that from now on, he also wanted to be called Scott.
I suggested this consideration and pictured the scene: Tom's co-workers gravely absorbing this new wrinkle. Nodding and trying really hard to keep their eyebrows centered and level.
Tom said, "That would just be really confusing. Someone would say, 'Hey Scott,' and we'd both would turn around."
"They'd have to just point at one of you," I said. "They'd get used to it."
"Right," said Tom.
Tom went back to watching YouTube videos.