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14 August 2013 @ 11:51 am
Maybe she didn't know who I was, either?  
That awkward moment when you're out and about and someone comes up to you all, "Well, how are you doing, lady!" and tell you news about themselves and are all smiley and happy and you have to make some small talk and they tell you about someone else's news and you have to respond and then they leave and you HAVE NO IDEA WHO THAT PERSON IS.  Like, who are you and who is Tonya, I don't know, but I guess I am glad that you're now working at GM and good for your long paid vacation!  (I don't know who you are.)

So yesterday my ear finally opened up, and of course I got one of those day-long headaches that won't go away no matter what you do.  Just screw you, head, really.  Just screw you in general.  I am done with you, head.  I'm waiting for my tonsils to go next or something.  But thank you everyone for your well-wishes yesterday.  Much appreciated.  Sometimes it's just good to whine, you know?
dunderklumpendunderklumpen on August 14th, 2013 06:57 pm (UTC)

After one or two encounters of this kind I usually say directly something along the lines "I'm sorry but I have no idea who you are" and smile sweetly. We laugh and that's it.

Because the longer you wait and the conversation progresses the more embarassing it is to ask who the person is.
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on August 20th, 2013 03:21 pm (UTC)
Ugh, that to me would be way more embarrassing and awkward than just playing along for incidental chit-chat. See, I'm really bad with faces, so I'm pretty sure most of the time it is actually someone I know or have met or was once acquainted with, and I just don't remember.
dunderklumpendunderklumpen on August 20th, 2013 03:45 pm (UTC)
Tell me about it!

I'm working as swedish teacher and have/had a bunch of courses. Plus Im working part time at customer sevice at a big market (a bit like Walmart). On an average saturday I see approximately 300 faces. But I usually forget them again. F. has about 500.000 inhabitants (and about 500.000 who come into the city for work). That sounds like much but actually isn't because you meet people you know all the time. So I'm kind of used that people greet me and I have no idea who they are. Often they only greet and I greet back. But if they talk to me I made it my standard to ask immediately because I just can't remember all the people I've met at work. Especially because both spheres are separated and sometimes I'm like "Do I know you from customer service or from swedish lesson?".

But I get where you're coming from. I'm usually worse with names though.
sallycandance on August 15th, 2013 12:23 am (UTC)
Shannon: tng bev identity crisiskungfuwaynewho on August 20th, 2013 03:21 pm (UTC)
You know it.
Wine gums, envy, pieces of rainbow: Robert Smithqwentoozla on August 15th, 2013 07:26 am (UTC)
Haha, I have totally had that happen and I always pretend like I know them. It's very awkward!
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on August 20th, 2013 03:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I just try to muddle through and not say anything specific and hope they don't ask me a question or anything.