I got an e-mail a while ago, a question about a braindump site, that has me doodling hearts and humming Pachelbel's Canon. The e-mail came from a customer named Tino Donderwinkel. Now, is it just me, or is this Cupid's work: Mrs. Trika Harms zum Spreckel-Donderwinkel.

The truth is--Tino, maybe you shouldn't read this--the truth is that my first name-love was one Ravi Bahamidapati, with whom I spoke briefly at a supply chain re-engineering seminar in Philadelphia, years ago. Try this on for size:

Mrs. Trika Harms zum Spreckel-Bahamidapati

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I've never quite gotten over it.

But Harms zum Spreckel-Donderwinkel; I could live with that.