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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Don't call me Shirley!

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I've got an older neighbor that thinks my name is Shirley.  I'm not sure how I introduced myself as Ginger and he heard Shirley, but he did.  He's very friendly and every time he sees me he says something like, "Hi Miss Shirley" or "It's good to see you Miss Shirley"  or "How are things going Miss Shirley"

He's a sweet guy and not someone who would call me the wrong name on purpose, but here's the problem---Like I said, he's older and so I don't always understand what he's saying, so by the time I figured out he was calling me "Shirley" it felt like too much time had passed to correct him.  So, the guy still thinks my name is Shirley.

Tonight, OCG and I were headed out for a walk and we pass the older neighbor who waves and says, "Hi Miss Shirley."  I said hi  back and we walked off, but OCG was very confused because it was the first time he had heard the exchange.

OCG:  What did he call you?
ME:  Shirley
OCG: Why?
ME: He thinks that's my name
OCG: Did you tell him your name was Shirley?
ME:  Nope
OCG: Why don't you tell him your real name?
ME:  I don't want to embarrass him.
OCG:  Don't you think it's going to be worse as more time passes and he continues to call you the wrong name before he finds out.
ME:  Nope
OCG: How is that possible?
ME:  Because I don't plan on ever telling him.
OCG: Why?
ME:  I told you. I don't want to embarrass him!

Wasn't there a Seinfeld episode about this?  Does anyone remember it?  How did it end?


  1. I had a neighbor like that too - always called me Connie! LOL!!!

  2. Thank you so much for your great words of wisdom. Thanks for sharing them with us.



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