What's in a name? -- 09/12/03

Friday Five

1. Is the name you have now the same name that's on your birth certificate? If not, what's changed?
No changes.
2. If you could change your name (first, middle and/or last), what would it be?
No changes.
3. Why were you named what you were? (Is there a story behind it? Who specifically was responsible for naming you?)
I am named after my grandparents -- James for my father's father, James Lawrence and Abram for my mother's father, Abram Rappleyea.
4. Are there any names you really hate or love? What are they and why?
Not really, at least not anything I feel passionate enough to write about...
5. Is the analysis of your name at kabalarians.com accurate? How or how isn't it?
I used both my "formal" first name and its usual short form. James and Jim give different readings. As with astrology and various other forms of superstition, the analysis is sufficiently vague enough that the sucker -- I mean the person who is seeking knowledge and enlightenment (*snicker*) -- will attempt to adapt the analysis, to explain how it is an accurate description. As Isaac Asimov once said of astronomy, it is "veritably the excrement of the male bovine."

James Jim
As James, you have a natural interest in the welfare of your fellow man, and a desire to help and serve others in a humanitarian way. You are responsible and generous, although somewhat scattering and disorganized at times. Any jobs requiring systematic and conscientious effort, or involving any form of drudgery, dismay you. In your work, you would seek a position offering self-expression through contact with people, such as sales or teaching, or a position giving scope to your creative, artistic talents. You are good-natured and likeable, and people tend to confide in you and seek your advice in personal problems. Others sense your sincere interest and desire to help, and you can always be counted on to see the bright side of any problem. You enjoy making others happy and you never let your own problems "get you down" for any length of time, even though you do tend to worry too much at times. Your optimism can be a source of inspiration to others as well as yourself. In close personal relationships you are usually thoughtful and considerate. However, your natural interest in others, Your name of Jim has many sterling qualities but doesnot give you an overall stability. You do everything with an intensityto the point of fervour, and either you feel tremendous elation or youare in the depths of despair. People often disappoint you because youare idealistic and are apt to place those whom you admire on apedestal. Then you become disillusioned when they fall short of yourexpectations. You are quick mentally and like to see things moving atan accelerated pace. Patience is not one of your virtues; you want tomove when the impulse strikes you. While such spontaneity is fine attimes, you must take account of conditions and employ careful analysisso as to avoid disastrous results such as accidents due to hastyactions. Most things you do, you do well, but as soon as the task,hobby, or job becomes familiar or routine, you are bored and crave achange. Travel and new horizons ever intrigue you, but your hunger forgreener fields is insatiable, and so you do not experience contentmentand peace of mind. There is such a driving power within you that, youcannot find an outlet or if your actions are thwarted in some way, youfeel the reaction through extreme tension in the region of your solarplexus. The intensity and consequent outbursts leave hurt feelings intheir wake, usually involving those closest to you.

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