August 02 2011
So the other day I was walking around with the gf and we stopped by this coffee place she likes alot. She’s friends with one of the coffee barista people inside and I’ve been introduced to this girl a bunch of times. Let’s say the coffee girl’s name is Sally.
(What happened next is sort of confusing but I’ll try splain it best I can.)
I head inside by myself to get the coffees (gf waited outside with the dogs) and kind of sort of recognize the girl who takes my order. She’s vaguely familiar.
I nicely ask for a couple of iced coffees and a muffin or whatever. It comes to $8.00 and I give her a $20 bill. She gives me back $22. Two tens and two ones. $22 on $20 change? She turns to walk away and I say, ‘Umm… You gave me weird change..?.’ She’s like, ‘Weird change?’ It took as a while to sort out what happened.
She seemed annoyed because she thought I was asking for more change– and I sort of got annoyed too because I was being good honest guy but she thought I was being annoying wrong change guy– but I was being good honest guy! Anyway, we sorted it out and I left…
I get outside and gf was like, ‘Did you say hi to Sally?’ I was like, ‘Umm… Well. Not really…’ All of a sudden it dawned on me that the person I just sort of had an awkward change exchange with was someone that I was supposed to be all like friendly to! Considering I’ve been introduced to her a bunch of times! To walk up and just order coffee to gf’s friend and then mix it up on the change was social terribleness.
Sometimes the gf gets mad at me for my name/face forgetfulness and in this case I think it was extra because it was someone I definitely should have recognized. And it freaked me out a little because I’ve met Sally a bunch of times too so only the vague recognition was a little scary.
Anyway, we walk away and I start telling her about how the change situation on top of it (which was not thrilling the gf extra)– when all of a sudden running up behind us is this other girl. The gf is like, ‘Oh! There’s Sally…’ The girl running up wasn’t the girl from behind the counter! It was a totally different girl! Came outside to say hello. I was totally relieved I didn’t have the grumpy $22 weird change situation with her.
I say ‘Hello‘ to Sally and then I’m sort of quiet for 30 seconds doing some social math in my head in terms of the miscommunication. The girls talk for a bit– then the gf made an effort to bring me into the conversation by jokingly saying, ‘Todd was just worried he gave you an awkward hello.’
I stood there frozen in my tracks. How could I explain to Sally that I had her confused with the other girl in the coffee shop– which would have been rude because it would have been outing myself not knowing who she was in the first place and to explain… ok wait
I know this is all wordy confusing so I’ll just put that moment in Sally’s perspective. She randomly comes up to us on the street to say hi. I say ‘Hello’ and then get silent. After a half minute of me standing there, gf says out of the blue, ‘Todd was just worried he gave you an awkward hello…’ — as if the gf was reading my mind as to why I was being quiet and then speaking on my behalf as to why I was being awkward — which sort of came full circle in the end. Sally had to assume the awkward hello gf was referring to was the one I just gave 30 seconds ago…
Feh too confusing. I tried my best to splain it. Make sense at all? Twas just funny to me.
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