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Clerical errors, like mirrors and fatherhood, tend to multiply creation. When I applied for my medical insurance, I gave the insurance company my date of birth and my social security number; I gave the same information to my automobile insurance company, and likewise the insurer of my life. But come to find, three different people hold these three policies, all of whom share my name.

The man who drives my car, who listens to my mix tapes in its stereo, was born a day later than I. The man who stands to be reimbursed for my hospital stays, who is the same age as I, has a social security number which if its 5th and 7th digits were transposed, would be mine; whether this is due to sloppy handwriting on my part, or a mistake in some link of the chain of transcription leading to the insurance company, I don't know. And the person against whose death I am insured -- she shares all of her vital statistics with me except for gender. Somewhere the wrong box was checked. I'll have trouble when I try to collect the benefits due me, assuming I cannot produce the particular alternate persona to whom each insurer considers itself indebted.

posted afternoon of Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
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a combination of The Garden of Forking Paths and The White Castle! One of these clerically generated doppelgangers may be plotting to replace you.

posted morning of June 25th, 2009 by badger

Aw crap, something else to worry about now. Reckon I am safe though, the insurance companies have got every reason to prevent these shades from rearing up into reality -- as long as they can manage their stables of fictitious entities, they won't have to reimburse.

posted morning of June 25th, 2009 by Jeremy

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