say your name

Occasionally, the following situation arises. You, a friend or acquaintance of mine, will see me on the sidewalk in a random part of town as you are driving by, and will recognize me. In the excitement of the moment, you will yell out my name. “Hey, Matt!” or “Matt Post!” or “Matt!”, you will say. By the time I can register what’s happened and look up and identify where the sound is coming from, you have disappeared around the corner or down the road. Unless I am able to recognize your voice or process what’s happening quickly enough to see your face or car, I’m left wondering who you are. Almost no information was exchanged and, unless you think to bring it up in the near future, I will never know that it was you who passed me by. There is a good chance you will forget, and the moment will be lost to time.

This could all be solved if, instead of yelling my name, you yell your own name. Then I will know who has spotted me and, since you already know, we will both have the pleasure of this momentary overlap in our days.

Running list of people who have done this to me

  • Connor C. (Fall 2019)
  • Adam G. (February 2021)

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