For the past 5 or 10 years, Harold Bab [Correction: That's no way to treat a friend. His name is Babb.] and I have exchanged greetings/ideas/thoughts on an occasional basis. Since neither of us is a dyed-in-the-wool blogger and neither of us is a dyed-in-the-wool e-mailer, "an occasional basis" has served us adequately. Today, however, I would like to direct anyone who cares to make the "journey" to hop over to Harold's blog to read his posting Openly Secular?
History: I don't really recall, but I suspect that Harold and I met through Ronni Bennett's Time Goes By. At the very least I know that he shares my admiration for Ronni, as a person and as a blogger. Harold and I hit it off because we had a couple of things in common: 1) He served 20+ years in the US Navy, retiring in 2009 as a Chief Hospital Corpsman (while I served 6 years in the US Naval Reserves as a Aircraft Structures Mechanic at the grade below Chief) and 2) We both spend a lot of time in voluntary service to the American people through the same organization. I had previously mentioned Harold, and a previous blog that he had, in A bit on USN rating badges.
Theft: Harold had a device on his blog that told how many people there are in the USA who have the same first and last name as his. I took it as my own - using my real name. Thanks, Harold. Others may steal the device from him or from me!
people with my name in the U.S.A.
Addition of 4/24/2015:
From the website of HowManyOfMe.com:
Q: Does the program really know how many people have the same name as me?
No. The program returns an estimate based on available data. It should be considered a "ballpark figure". It will usually return an answer in the right general area, but the chances of the figure being exactly right are very low.
A full discussion of the accuracy of the program may be found here.
BTW: When I input my birth name, the occurrence rose to 905 in the USA.