My alter (Gmail) ego

For a number of years I have had a gmail address for spam-catching purposes. This address included the world “grey”, spelled the British way.

Someone else on the internet has a gmail address with the same name, except hers has the word “gray” spelled the American way.

What this means:  I get a lot of email that is meant for her. This has been ongoing since 2006. At first I used to write the person back and say that I wasn’t who they were looking for, but stopped when it didn’t seem to dissuade them. Every couple of months I get an email or two meant for her, and these make up little glimpses into her life an goings-on that have added up to a hazy picture. Here’s what I know:

  • She grew up about 30 minutes from where I grew up (coincidentally)
  • She is a Jehovah’s Witness
  • She lives at Bethel, the Jehovah’s Witness headquarters in Brooklyn
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses give out Watchtower magazine, and they don’t manage to hand out as many as you might think (like, 4 or 5 for a day’s work, on average)

I get party invitations for her. I started out ignoring them, but now I click on the RSVP link if it sounds like something she’ll enjoy. (These invitations always say “Keep in mind Scriptures when it comes to dress and grooming”, and I am curious to know what exactly this means – are we talking modest dress, or are we talking no mixed fibres?)

Recently I got an email meant for her that mentioned her fiancee. Aw, good for her.

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