Have you ever been talking with someone that you aren't threatened by, and all of a sudden, while mid-conversation, you start referring to that person with a name that isn't theirs?
Oh, man. I don't know how I do this, but I do it a lot.
I have two landlords for the apartment I lived in for the past year. They are husband and wife with different enough names where there shouldn't be any reason for the confusion. For the past year that we've lived here, it's always been the husband who calls us whenever there was a need to or when they were returning our call. And every single time (and I do mean every time), I refer to him at least once by his wife's name.
For example, take the conversation I had with him just this week:
"Hey, Mike, it's Vince the landlord."
"Oh, hey, Vince! What's up?" I silently congratulate myself for getting his name right.
"I was just calling to see when would be a good time to fix that broken screen in your window. I have some time this afternoon and wanted to get that taken care of."
"Sure, no problem," I said. "This afternoon would be fine. Neither my wife or I will be home, so just let yourself in."
"Okay, that's what I thought. Just wanted to make sure it'd be okay."
"Oh, of course. Thanks for doing that for us, Pat, I appreciate it."
A heavy pause.
Fuck, I thought to myself. I did it again!
"No problem, Mike. That's all I wanted, so I'll let you go."
Don't call him by his wife's name. It's not Pat, it's Vince. Vince. VIIIINCE. "Sure thing!"
"Alright, talk with you later!"
"Okay, goodbye, Pat!"
This, coming from a guy who talks on the phone for a living.
I probably continue referring to him by the wrong name because I'm so fixated on it. It's hard to get out of my own way sometimes, but luckily such episodes of misspeaking are generally forgivable. Even if he got his feelings hurt, he could get back at me by calling me my wife's name. Fair is fair.
What was the oddest thing you've said or done this week?
Have a good weekend, everyone.