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January 21, 2016

The CA Sec of State has a list of nicknames acceptable for notarization

I have never heard this before, and it sounds horrible. But, I was was told (I hope this is true information) that the California Secretary of State will allow you to notarize someone with a nickname when their ID has their formal name — or vice versa. They have an entire list of these name equivalents. Personally, I believe that a name should match exactly unless the name on the document is a shorter version of the same name.

I wonder if Mugsy is on the list, and what his real name would be? Montgomery? Sounds like one of those 1940’s names from gangster movies (yes, both variations on the name.) I wonder if they include Arabic names. I knew two guys named, “Sam.” One was short for Ousama, and the other was short for Samir. I can see how Ousama would want to be something other than Ousama, but personally I prefer “Ous.”

I have a friend with kids. When I go to his house, my name changes from Jeremy to Jer-Jer. He asked if I have ever been called that before. I said no. But, then I don’t hang around with families who have kids. I have not been in a family environment since childhood with the exception of brief visits to houses of particular people in my meditation group who had kids.

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