So I am somewhat (okay, make that very) secretive about revealing my last name to people who don't already know it through other means. If you do a google search of my legal name, you will find exactly 4 hits: the first two are an editorial (and a mirror URL) I wrote to a newspaper (in the mid 90s) that I didn't know archived its content online, and the other 2 are other people writing about me that didn't have the knowledge/sense to call me by my preferred moniker of "lara7", and thus used my real name instead.
Whereas if you do a search on "lara7", you get (today) 587 hits, the first 6 of which are really me. You also get a lot of Tomb Raider gifs (typically following lara6.gif, etc) and information about Lara Flynn Boyle, who is not me, although I am about her age (17 days older), and we do seem to have the Age-Inappropriate Romance thing in common (although Jack Nicholson is older than my boomer by a mind-boggling 14 years, which means Ms. Boyle is either way more open-minded than me, or way more fucked up).
Note to cyberstalkers attempting to google me: The pages you get that are in foreign languages= not me. The pages where someone has written fan fiction indexed under "lara7"=not me. Anything that comes up with "lara7" and "naked"in close proximity=not me, and is instead some Lara Croft hack created by someone with lots of time on their hands.
Looking at my friends list, I know that these people know my real last name:
3 of you have worked with me (at two different jobs in two different states)
1 of you has lived with me (and is still speaking to me! yay!)
2 of you went to high school with me
5 of you, have, at some point in your lives, kissed me in THAT way
(note: some people are in more than one category)
5 of you don't fit into any of the above categories, but know me in real life and I think you know my last name, but I could be wrong.
so thus, a poll. Most of you I already know whether you know or not, but some of you I'm curious about and can't honestly remember if I told you or not. At least one of you has asked, so that you can reformat your AIM list, and even though you might one day go on the "Jews I would do" list, I'm not ready to confess my surname to you at this point.
Assuming that I know who you are (ie, I read your LJ, or you read mine), do you know my REAL last name?