ICYMI: Carter is *NOT* my first name


ICYMI: Carter is *NOT* my first name. Carter is one of two very nice last names that I use. “Carter” is my mother’s maiden name and I am fond of it. “Long” is the last name I was given at birth and I am fond of it too. “Lawrence” is my first name. I became “Lawrence” intentionally and also like that name very much. See the trend here? That said, all good things have their place. If you refer to me as Carter, or any other such thing as if it *is* my first name I may very well not respond — especially if you are trying to sell me something… #JustSoYouKnow


Dominick Ławniczak Evans

You mean you are not Mr. Carter Long? It sounds so cosmopolitan.

    Lawrence Carter-Long

    I do happen to be Mr. Carter-Long… but please, use the hyphen. 🙂

Lawrence Carter-Long

I do happen to be Mr. Carter-Long… but please, use the hyphen. 🙂

Kyle Khachadurian

I can’t not call you LCL

Kyle Khachadurian

It’s so natural to me

Lawrence Carter-Long

LCL is most definitely allowed by dear friends and colleagues — PREFERRED even. Unless you are trying to sell me something! 😉

    N. Renee Brown

    We always call you THE LCL, because you are deserving. 🙂

    Lawrence Carter-Long

    Oooooh, THE LCL … I kinda like that. There is only one, after all. (Unless you’re on the local train to Brooklyn). 😉

N. Renee Brown

We always call you THE LCL, because you are deserving. 🙂

Lawrence Carter-Long

Oooooh, THE LCL … I kinda like that. There is only one, after all. (Unless you’re on the local train to Brooklyn). 😉

Eva Yaa Asantewaa

Yes. Some day, I must tell you all I have had to endure because of my intentionally-chosen name.

Cal Montgomery

How about “Sparkles”?

    Lawrence Carter-Long

    Only you, Cal. Only you!

Lawrence Carter-Long

Only you, Cal. Only you!

Dah Lah

Spyke!!! International Man of Mystery who sells me on making poor decisions, mostly at drinking establishments. Bad Spyke!

    Lawrence Carter-Long

    What bad decision was that???? “Spyke” is also mos def allowed–and preferred–with folks “who knew me when.” Bad decisions? Well now, that’s a matter of perpspective…

Lawrence Carter-Long

What bad decision was that???? “Spyke” is also mos def allowed–and preferred–with folks “who knew me when.” Bad decisions? Well now, that’s a matter of perpspective…

Philip Bennett Zweig

After a long lapse & for social media only I resumed using my father’s birthname Zweig along with my mother’s birthname Bennett in case someone who knew me before I turned 18 is looking for me. If that isn’t confusing enough I often sign off as PEZ which uses my middlename (PBZ or PEB aren’t as sweet).

    Lawrence Carter-Long

    I feel your pain!

Lawrence Carter-Long

I feel your pain!

Jason Oh

Now I’m thinking Mr. Hollywood or Mr.Diva. BTW have you heard of amway

    Lawrence Carter-Long

    Another scheme Jason? Didn’t your exile to Ireland teach you anything??? 🙂 Hmmmm. Mr. Hollywood….

    Jason Oh

    Yes, ice cream and Guinness don’t mix. Oh, and if this is exile or exclusion instead of tons of determination then I’ll bloody take it!

    Lawrence Carter-Long

    Right on. Sing it, brother! Just funnin’ with you.

Lawrence Carter-Long

Another scheme Jason? Didn’t your exile to Ireland teach you anything??? 🙂 Hmmmm. Mr. Hollywood….

Jason Oh

Yes, ice cream and Guinness don’t mix. Oh, and if this is exile or exclusion instead of tons of determination then I’ll bloody take it!

Lawrence Carter-Long

Right on. Sing it, brother! Just funnin’ with you.

Monica Engebretson

I vote for “Larry Joe” but only if pronounced with a deep southern accent.

    Lawrence Carter-Long

    AGREED! That’s *you* can do. 🙂

Lawrence Carter-Long

AGREED! That’s *you* can do. 🙂


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