Man of Many Names

Some people don’t have nicknames.

I, on the other hand, have many. My real name is Nathan, and most people I hang out with call me that. This is a recent, but prevalent condition. I wonder if it’s because I’m too mature for nicknames like “Monk” or “Buddha”.

But the most common nickname for Nathan is Nate, and very few people call me that. I don’t necessarily like Nate, but those three people pull it off quite well. My dad is one of them. My friend Renee is another, and my friend Jen is the last. I suppose if I brought it up to her, she’d say “Hell, I’ve always called you Nate.” I should call her.

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