Sometimes, after I get tired of being called Ma'am on the phone at my library too many times (simply because I have a higher voice), I remember that I can answer the phone with my standard boy name. It's not perfect, but it takes care of most of the Ma'am problem.
So I say "Good afternoon, Lilyvale Library, this is Feldenstein."
And after that introduction people almost never call me Ma'am, which is great.
But what they do a lot is say something like "Hi Feldenstein." In a really familiar feeling way.
And I invariably think:
Wait. Do I know them?
Then they say "Can you help me renew my books Feldenstein?"
And I realize, no, I don't know them! And they don't know me. At all!
But then I think in confusion:
But how did they know my name!