Monday, July 31, 2006

Contextual Recognition

I meant to write about this on Saturday, but I got distracted by watching movies.

On Friday night, I attended a firm-sponsored event in one of the outlying Virginia suburbs, and then went out with some of my coworkers to a bar in the Farragut North-Dupont Circle area. The bar was really loud and smoky and crowded, as expected, and because I drove, I wound up having one drink and then heading back home at about 1:30.

Anyway, when I first got there, I was standing outside with a couple of people, waiting for some of the others to meet up with us from down the street. They walked up to us, and one of the guys said "Dara? I know you!"

I wasn't really paying attention, so at first I'm like, duh, you're one of the summer associates working for my firm. But I looked at him, and he wasn't with us. And I recognized him, but I didn't remeber from where.

He introduced himself, just as I was making the connection. He was a friend of one of my friends -- someone that I occasionally played poker with. I had even been to his house before. I asked if he knew the summers -- since he walked up with them at the same time -- but it turns out that it was just a coincidence that he walked up at the same time.

Of course I was bothered by the whole incident, because apparently, not all of my synapses were firing correctly. I'm generally really good with names and faces, and until this week, I don't think I ever had one of these episodes where I didn't recognize someone out of their usual context. I hope this isn't one of those "getting older" things. I mean, I'm only thirty.

So, my question is whether this has ever happened to anyone else? And if so, were you embarrassed by it?


Justin S. said...

It's happened to me many times. Not a big deal.

Dara said...

Maybe it's weirder for me because it's never happened before?

Justin S. said...

Still, no big deal.

mad said...

It's happened a lot to me too. Um, who are you again?

DSL said...

I could tell you it happens to me, but that probably won't help considering I'm 31. I blame it on multitasking and too much information on the brain. Either that or the heat/humidity.

Dara said...

I'm just unnerved by it. It's weird.

I'm sure I'll get over it when it happens on a regular basis.