The burdens of me-ness

I have name issues. I go by Miquel publicly, which is the Catalan spelling of Miguel in Spanish and Michael in English. This is due to being in between a lot of different cultures and I personally like the name Miquel over Miguel, Michael, or the Croatian variant of Mihovil even if Firefox thinks it’s a typo. Unfortunately, most every American has no idea about this ‘miquel’ with a ‘q’ thing and just assumes it’s ‘miguel’ with a ‘g’. To make things even more difficult for myself, I use both family names in my last name. For all purposes, it is just Hudin, but to show some respect to my mother’s family who have supported me a great deal over the years. It’s also to have some solidarity with #1 Fan who deals with the problems of using both her family names on a regular basis; thankfully not taking my paternal family name once we married.
The upside in all of this is that once people get my name thing straight (and I leave the two family name thing as just an option, but do insist on Miquel, not Miguel Hudin), people remember my name quite well as it’s freakin’ bizarre. The Catalan/Croatian/Portuguese thing works well in that sense. What it doesn’t work well on is name badges. You can see the edits to my pass at this recent Berkeley conference pictured below. Yeah, to a small degree I brought this upon myself, but I’ve had name issues all my life. This probably would have been ‘Mike Hudine’ if it hadn’t been Miquel Balsa. I just need to get really rich and then hire a Name Representative to go before me wherever I go and handle the part time job of correcting my name.
The burdens of me-ness

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