Summit Up 10-24-12: What’s your name again?
Ryan Summerlin October 23, 2012
Good morning a welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that is wondering how many people in our lives we call by the wrong name.
It’s not that we don’t try to remember people’s names, but when you meet as many peeps out there as we do, it can get a little nerve-racking. Since as journalists we’re supposed to have a steel trap for a memory, it can be a little embarrassing when we stumble or bumble our way through someone’s name, or worse yet call them by an altogether different moniker than they have ever known.
MILLIONS OF SUMMIT UP READERS: Why don’t you do what everybody’s mother told them to do and repeat the person’s name after meeting them?
SUMMIT UP: That sounds far too practical for our standards. Perhaps with all the great advancements in technology in the last century someone has come up with a device to make remembering names easy peasy lemon squeezy?
(sound of googling)
MSUR: They have, it’s called a name tag. But the fact remains that you can’t require everyone to wear one when out in public.
SU: While you were expounding on the validity of universal name tags we managed to go a little research of our own. It says on this ol’ website we found – theartofmanliness.com – that there are multiple devices a “gentleman” can use to etch those names to memory (we’re pretty sure that the techniques are equally as effective for the fairer sex as well). We think that we’ll use the ol’ “visualize the person’s name on their forehead” approach.
Well, that’s all we have got today. If you see us out and we stare intently at your forehead, don’t take it personally, we’re just trying to remember your name.