i met this girl yesterday. never seen her before, but she looked nice.
i said hi.
she said hi.
we were off to a good start.
then i said, "my name is suzy."
immediately she answered, "elena."
i was bothered, because
a) how dare she correct me; yes my name is elena, but if i want to be suzy, let me be suzy how about and
b) how did she know my name actually is elena?
i frowned at her in concentration. she offered an apologetic smile.
there was a lot of silence. then i broke it. i break everything.
because i realized i was being an idiot. i realized that she wasn't correcting me at all. i realized:
"your name is elena."
she nodded, really confused.
i offered a more-apologetic-than-hers smile. i squeaked out my explanation.
"me too. that's my name too. i'm elena too."
then she was more confused because, hadn't i just said that my name was suzy?
then something else clicked in my head. like 3 weeks back, i'd overheard some friends talking about "elena's boyfriend's spectacular moustache."
i know, there are probably more elenas in the world than me and this other one, but really, there's always a chance. the world is small.
"do you have a boyfriend? with a moustache?"
i don't think i've ever made a worse first impression on someone.