A few times, after I’ve mentioned that my twin is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, someone has asked me why I’m not. I usually say something along the lines of, ‘Can you imagine their reaction if they found out there are two of us?’ Sure, it could be entertaining to see the Oh, shit! looks on their little Creatively Anachronistic faces… but then there would be the awkward questions, and I’d have to think of a persona name and such…
The other day, it suddenly occurred to me that, if I did ever join the SCA, I’d probably choose an Italian persona name. Because we are, apparently, using the same first names as… well, other people’s imaginary friends. I could go with the French version, but… Nope. Would have to use Italian, since it’s easiest. (And also an alias, but whatever.) And my garb (that’s SCAdian jargon for historical costume) would include a lot of shades of brown, because — no matter what any artists would have you believe — that’s a color the other guy doesn’t wear. Wouldn’t want anyone to mistake me for him, either, after all.
It would be soooo funny, though, once people noticed: ‘Really? Gianni is your twin?’ someone would say to C. Grendel, and he, the person mundanely known as Paul B. Spence, would reply, ‘Nah. We were just created in the same mad scientists’ lab — that’s why we look so much alike.’
I do love dramatic irony… 🙂