names to faces
you ever see that clip from the office where michael scott uses some kind of pneumonic device to learn peoples’ names? well, here it is. it’s bad quality, but you’ll understand the gist.
man, michael scott cracks me up so much.
so in the last couple of months, i’ve met what seems like 1,000 people. that might be an exaggeration, maybe realistically more like 200-300. that’s not so much an exaggeration. i have 2 new jobs each with dozens of co-workers i’ve never met, i sang in the passion choir (a 200 member choir and i met maybe 50 of them), i’ve been teaching SAT prep courses at high schools with classes of 15-25 students each, i’m about to start with georgia tech’s asian christian fellowship where i will meet more students, i lead worship with very talented musicians that i’ve been meeting for the first time, and what’s more, my friends have been introducing me to their friends (either new or visiting from out-of-state).
i don’t say this to complain. i say this so that you’ll give me a break if i forget your name if i’ve met you before. although i feel like the demographics for my blog are more people that i know pretty well and haven’t forgotten the names of. sometimes i just make a up a name based on what i think your name should be. if you look like a chris, i’m going to probably call you chris even though your real name is matt (that’s if i forgot your name, i’m not going to intentionally call you chris when i know your name is matt). and can i just say one thing i’ve observed? white people, i’m talking to you. you all have so many “common” names, it’s really hard to get them all straight. i mean: matt, steve, chris, nathan, sean, shawn, brad, etc. at least with koreans, half of our population is david/john and the other half is daniel/james and they’re usually brothers. with women, same thing: grace or hannah/esther. you have a pretty good chance of saying the correct name if you just guess.
i say this to be facetious of course. i’d say i’m pretty good at learning names. it’s just lately it’s been name overload so it’s been taking me a while. so if you see me for the first (or second time) and i can’t get your name down, i will need some mercy. i get this conversation all the time:
me: hey, my name is enoch. i don’t think we’ve met
anonymous: oh, yeah. actually we’ve met before.
me: crap. what was your name again?
anonymous: it’s anonymous. we met at that obscure thing 4 years ago where there was a huge crowd of people and you looked at me for 1 second and i haven’t seen you since and i heard your name from someone. that’s where we met.
me: …i see