Separated at Birth?

January 13, 2009
Posted by Jay Livingston

Chris Uggen, in a blog post on “doppelgangers,” says that he was surprised to find that there are four people who share his name.

Chris is stretching the meaning of doppelganger. It’s not about names. It usually means “any double or look-alike of a person.” The Wikipedia entry adds that seeing one’s doppelganger can be a portent of danger.

One of the co-nominals Chris finds is an orthopedic surgeon. But if Chris wants to find a real doppelganger, he should try looking in the kitchen. Of course, that ominous portent might make for a kitchen nightmare.

(Thats Chris on the left, multi-starred chef Gordon Ramsay on the right. Or is it the other way round?)


christopher uggen said...

thanks, jay, i cooked on the night shift as a cook at perkins' family restaurant (12-6am, m-f), then worked the bar rush at stillwaters in college. never learned to cook actual non-bar food, though.

vanity aside, isn't that other dude just a little more haggard and woebegone than me? wait a minute -- don't answer that.

Jay Livingston said...

You're right. Ramsay is certainly less well-preserved, and I think he may be a couple of years younger. Smart move to leave the food services industry. That best-jobs study everybody was blogging about earlier this month didn't include chef, but bartender ranked 163rd, sociologist 8th.