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Forgetting Somebody’s Name

You’re at a small party and you’re enjoying yourself, making small talk and shooting the shit, and a new person enters the conversation. He looks familiar, you know that you’ve met him a few times before, but you can’t remember his name and you know that you should. It’s something like Arthur or Ben or Dan, something boring like that, but you can’t be sure. Forgetting somebody’s name is inevitable, you meet a lot of people and a lot of people are forgettable. But you seem like a jerk when they remember your name and you can’t remember theirs. You can always resort to calling them friendly nicknames like “Buddy” or “Guy” or something. Sometimes you’ll be hanging out with a friend and bump into a forgotten acquaintance, and have to stumble your way through an awkward introduction. Hopefully your friend will introduce himself before you have to admit you forgot the other guy existed. Forgetting somebody’s name is still better than pronouncing a name wrong though.

Critically Rated at 8/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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A Stranger Who Turns Out to be an Acquaintance

I was playing disc golf with my friend and was about to tee off when a guy started walking towards us. We waited to throw until he got there and offered to let him go ahead of us so we wouldn’t hold him up. He suggested that we just play together. As we made small talk, I noticed that he seemed really familiar, someone from way back in the day. It turns out that his son and I were childhood friends. We played on a few soccer teams together and we were Indian Guys for a few years. It had been almost twenty years since we last crossed paths. It’s kind of funny how you can remember random people from your childhood but can’t remember people from college. Nothing proves how small the world is like a stranger who turns out to be an acquaintance.

Critically Rated at 12/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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