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  • I could do this all day. Like, give me a Sharpie.

  • And, like, it's on. Oh, nice.

  • I like signing my name.

  • I don't know, I feel like the J is sexy.

  • Because you could do so many things with it.

  • And so many curves to it, which I think fits me.

  • It's funny because I feel like we don't sign at all anymore.

  • Signatures may soon disappear from people's daily lives.

  • Major credit card companies will no longer require signatures for any purchases.

  • I used to love to sign my name.

  • Be all over a notebook at the end of like a school year.

  • That was in middle school, when I was very excited about trying to figure out how to do a signature.

  • Then in high school.

  • I created another signature.

  • You know, 16 years old, got my driver's license.

  • So when I was, I guess in grade school.

  • I remember trying to make a signature that I thought looked kind of like graffiti or a tag.

  • Even though I had never, you know, spray-painted.

  • Or done anything like that.

  • I write my S's backwards.

  • I've made like an @ sign, which is like a D and an A.

  • And I make an M.

  • And then I've got an arrow at the end that just kind of symbolizes that my life is on the upwards.

  • And when I started actually signing like it was really me mimicking my mom's signature.

  • And I still kind of kept this little curve in the signaturethat's definitely from my mother.

  • In Russian it's called 'roscherk', which is like kind of ending the signature with some sort of, like, ornament.

  • Or maybe it's just a character of me taking a little more space than I require, I don't know.

  • But my wife always rolls her eyes.

  • I was always told that it was too involved.

  • But I maintain that it's a necessary part of my style.

  • So this one is called

  • 'I'm in a rush to get out of this restaurant.'

  • The few times a year that I'm actually writing checks.

  • Then I actually do a connected signature.

  • You know really you only need to have a signature for legally binding contracts at this point.

  • And then I'm sure at one point that won't even be it.

  • Because you know we can sign things electronically now.

  • I would miss it.

  • There's nothing more fabulous than having a conversation: 'Oh, yes, thank you.'

  • That is just so fun.

  • Like who doesn't —Who doesn't like it? Especially if it's a really good place.

I could do this all day. Like, give me a Sharpie.

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