I’m employed at a computer security company and have a colleague whose name is M. Alware. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
My ex-boss’s name is R. Stone. His e-mail was email@example.com.
My name is James Pan. Every other permutation of my name was taken (e.g., jpan, jamesp), so I’m stuck with firstname.lastname@example.org.
During basic training, our drill sergeant asked for a show of hands of all Jewish personnel. Six of us raised our hands. Much to our relief, we were given the day off for Rosh Hashanah.
A few days later in anticipation of Yom Kippur, the drill sergeant again asked for all Jewish personnel to ID themselves. This time, every soldier raised his hand.
"Only the personnel who were Jewish last week can be Jewish this week," declared the sergeant.
Standing on the sidelines, during a game being played by my school’s football team, I saw one of the players take a hard hit. He tumbled to the ground and didn’t move.
We grabbed our first-aid gear and rushed out onto the field. The coach picked up the young man’s hand and urged, "Son, can you hear me? Squeeze once for yes and twice for no."