National Joe DayI know there is a term for it, but I can't for the life of me think of it - the practice of looking up your name on Google. Everyone should try it at least once. Sometimes it's a good idea to do it before applying for a new job. It seems to be just all around fun any other time.
The problem that comes up when I try this pastime is that I have one of the most common names. Joe Schmoe, Joe Piscopo, Average Joe, and Joe's Crab Shack all come to mind. Then my last name is a word that is more often used on calendars than on business cards. So when I Google myself I don't usually come up with too much useful information. I have come upon two interesting facts though.
Number One - Joe Day was the name of an NHL hockey player. I don't know a lot about hockey. I enjoy going to see the Junior Blues play in Springfield and have a few beers. I've never been to an NHL game, but it is always fun to throw something into conversation about my days in the NHL. Someone is bound to remember my name and go home to do some fact-checking. "Hey! Turns out that Joe Day guy really did play for the Whalers." Celebrity status and I didn't have to do anything. Call me Paris Hilton.
Number Two - There is a "National Joe Day" on March 27th. The coolest thing about it is that it is for people who suck, i.e. people who are not named Joe. Look it up. If your name is crappy like Gertrude or Elvis, then you can go by Joe on March 27th. Consider it a gift from all of us Joes given the proper name at birth.