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Sep. 21st, 2004 | 08:51 am

I can really, really identify with this. Here's just two aspects out of 6 or 7 I could write:

Don't I know you?
I am constantly told that I remind people of someone or other they know. "He even has that same shirt!" So far, it's always someone across the country, although for a while, during a time when I frequented a gossipy coffeehouse, I had a doppelganger who was sometimes observed having coffee with a doppelganger of my then-girlfriend. I have at least two "dating equivalents"; you're dating one of them I think. ;-) My ex-wife has or had a women's discussion group made up almost entirely of ex-girlfriends of mine.

Name That Freak
Even more common than a physical resemblance is a name conflict -- especially as the world continues to shrink.

When I was dating Psyche, I discovered there was another (though less well known) Psyche in Austin. When I brought it up, she refused to hear or think of it, and I quickly dropped the matter. :-)

But you're not that guy! Oh, you're THAT Guy.
I had to change my nickname ("THAT Guy") because I discovered the guy at thatguy.com; I had to concede to myself that he really was "that guy" -- domain names are case-insensitive -- and I was not. For one thing, he'd been called that for at least two years before I was given the nickname.

AND he already had his Burning Man photos up from two years before I first went (I've been to the last nine), back when they still had guns.

Aw, dude! Since I last checked, he's written a gazillion books, lost his website, partially restored it, had a kid (thatkid.com), recovered from lung cancer and run a marathon. Sheesh.

Looks like he might not be aware that his stuff is archived on the wayback machine. I'll drop him a line.

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from: yertle42
date: Sep. 21st, 2004 09:19 am (UTC)

I have long known that I look exactly like a certain Methodist minister in town, the one at my wife's church in fact. People don't just come up and say 'hey, you look like Syd'. They yell across the store 'Hey! Syd!' and are then quite surprised when they get close and find I'm not him. Thankfully, I know Syd and he's an OK guy.

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from: taral
date: Sep. 21st, 2004 09:54 am (UTC)

One of these days I'm going to go around taking pictures of every face I can, then create interesting pairs or sequences of faces. It would be amusing to create a sequence going from one presidential candidate to another, minimizing differences along the way.

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from: elphie
date: Sep. 21st, 2004 11:17 am (UTC)

I have several dopplegangers too, which I find weird since I haven't met anyone that looks like me.

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from: todfox
date: Sep. 21st, 2004 12:30 pm (UTC)

I have a doppleganger back in the town in New Hampshire where I went to college for a semester who is authentic enough to fool my mom from a distance. I have never met him, but I think I saw him once. Kit is pretty unusual which is why I picked it from Christopher, but I understand there is someone in Dallas who, while he looks nothing like me, also uses Kit and 'vulpine' to identify himself. I think I met him once at a Pagan festival...?

I think I know two Psyche's here in Austin, one of whom may be your ex and another is a friend I've known a while who mostly goes by Bethany these days.

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