First-name basis

There are lots of employees named Barney at the company where this IT pilot fish works -- at least seven that she knows of.

"And my husband actually has that first name too," says fish. "I was texting my husband today, and chatting via IM asking for help from a different Barney, and chatting via IM helping another Barney. I was also supposed to email yet another Barney to have him help me with something later, but the first two Barneys took precedence.

"Then my phone rang -- it was long distance, which could be any one of three or four Barneys. When I answered, he said, 'This is Barney.'

"He got a little frazzled when I said, 'Which one?'"

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