The woman smiled, waiting patiently. My mind is frantically processing data, running through thousands of images and names. I bullshit for time…
"Hey, I almost didn’t recognize you! Man, how long has it been?"
But people can always tell.
"You have no idea who I am, do you?"
"Debbie! Debbie Elting!"
Debbie and I attended Southeast Missouri State University in the late 60’s. Worked on college plays together, partied together. Haven’t seen each other in 30 years. Turns out we’ve been going to the same dentist all these years. She drives down to Cape from St. Louis, I drive down from Jefferson City. The staff thought it would be nice to arrange a surprise reunion and scheduled our check-up’s on the same day.
The next time a woman I don’t recognize asks, "Do you know who I am?, I’m going to say –without hesitation– "You’re Jennifer Anniston. What are you doing here?"