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02 January 2009 @ 06:06 pm
Hey bob, what's your name?  
My inablity to remember names has becoming more embarassing. Now that I intereact with some of the newer taiko people, I feel more of a need to make them feel welcome, special and part of the group. forgetting there name doesnt' help that.

But today I was completely embarassed because I couldn't remember someone's name who I could tell you where he lived. I've seen him plent of enough times such that I should have remembered, but I didn't. I felt so bad. It really is me, not you.

Remember, my husband knew who I was weeks before I knew who he was.
Nurghringrose on January 2nd, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
Me too.

Just yesterday, I failed to drag Andy Schultz's name out. I managed to get Andy, but the last name just slipped away until hours later.
Fashionable, but unable to tell fact from fictiontesting4l on January 3rd, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
It's OK -- people are like that.

Also, you can forget my name anytime. No big deal. I know the stuff going on in your neurons is more important than a silly label 8D
(Anonymous) on January 3rd, 2009 06:52 am (UTC)
That goes for me too.
Binkbinkbink on January 3rd, 2009 06:56 am (UTC)
I have known people for years and become close friends without being able to remember their names. One convention I asked a friend to introduce me to a famous name and he said "But you already know me." After that I would read a name tag and only introduce myself to people named Don (or Dawn) and lo, the next day I was able to remember all the names.
Perhaps it has to do with our being less impressed by appearances, that the labeling of people is not very important to us even though the knowing of them is.
mathhobbitmathhobbit on January 3rd, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
I have the same problem; I'm pretty sure it's because some part of me doesn't believe names are important information and so just throws them out.

For instance, I met a fellow on New Year's eve who sometimes speaks with a Chicago accent, has a gorgeous wife, and is allergic to morphine. I could describe his haircut well enough that you might know who he is just from that, but I have no recollection of what his name was.

So I was thinking that if your brain is like mine, you could use some of the info. it *does* store to make your taiko friends feel loved. E.g.: "Did you ever go to Penny's Noodles when you were in Chicago? It was one of my favorite places to eat."