Too Many Daves
When Dr. Seuss wrote this little ditty in 1961, little did he know that it would prove poignant and relevant for decades to come. For the nextl 20-some-dd years later, Daves would continue to be born and grow and enter the workforce where I would have to keep track of them.
TOO MANY DAVES:
Did I ever tell you
that Mrs. McCave
Well, she did. And that
wasn't a smart thing to do.
This makes things quite
difficult at the McCaves'
But she didn't do it. And now it's too late.
from The Sneeches and Other Stories, Random House: 1961
I used to work with 4 Daves. The second Dave to work with us was called Dave J. after his last name, which was Johnson, while the veteran Dave became Dave R. Then another Dave R. came to work with us, so Dave R became Dave R-1 and the newcomer was Dave R-2. This was fine until the company another Dave J, this one being Dave Johnston. Now we had Dave Johnston and Dave Johnson, or Dave J-1 and Dave J-2. We started calling every male "Dave" because there was probably at least one Dave in the room. Needless to say, it was confusing. When Dave R-2 left the company, Dave R-1 still called himself "Dave R-1" out of habit, which was always fun to explain to people (no, he doesn't think he's a robot...). Luckily, another Dave R. joined the company a few years later, making Dave R-1's title relevant again!
Now, 10 years later, I work with 2 Daves, 2 Mikes, and 2 Brians and a Ryan. This crop of kids was born in the 80s, unlike the 50's and 60's children at my old job. When will the Dave Madness end?
Some more opinions on common names:
"for 26 years I
have labored under the world's most boring name. When will Sweet Oblivion
It's an Ok name. I'm
afraid there's not much to say about John.