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    Posted May 3, 2012 by
    Woodland Hills, California
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    What does your name say about you?

    I could write a book


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     ldymike says she doesn't understand why parents give their kids names that will cause them grief. "Are they looking for attention? Because the only attention the child’s going to get is going to be negative attention." Her name made her a bit of a shut-in until she reached 55, when she stopped caring about what others thought of her. "I was like, I am so over this, and now I'm totally the opposite."
    - mannynyc, CNN iReport producer

    First let me say, I'm one day younger then dirt. That being said my name has been one problem after another since the day I was born. My given name, Michael Storm Hoffman and yes, I am a female. It took till my 55th birthday to say the hell with it and let it go.
    1. It took 4 tires to get my gender right on my birth certificate.
    2. Teachers remarks on my physical appeance based on my name. By todays standards they would be fired.
    3. Given all boys classes in Jr. High and High school.
    4. Threating letter from the "Draft Board" after graduation because I didn't sign up..
    5. Surrounded by guards at my bank.
    6. The poor man that printed my wedding invitations..hmmm, Michael Storm and Tommy Edward. He's probably still dusting in his grave.
    7. Being in the business of customer service. I always have to explain my name.
    9. My children had a hard time growning up with a mom name Michael/Mike. Their friends always wanted to know when I had my operation.
    At 67, im down with... "I came in with it...I'm going out with it".
    I love CNN!

    Happy Spring!
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