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People you know, but don't.

Ok after that rather confusing title… what I mean is do you have people you see nearly every day, on your commute, or while you are out and about?
Given you probably don’t know the names of these people do you give them names?

Mrs. G and I have…
“fag ash lil” .. routinely seen on the streets of Versoix dragging a shopping trolley, always with a cigarette on the go ( although we’ve not seen her for a while, we are a little worried about fag ash.

“little red headed girl” .. usually running between Chambesy and UN area

“the Duchess” .. most often seen shopping at Migro, Versoix.. ALWAYS impeccably coiffed, finely dressed and wearing the requisite pearls.

And of course
“slow walking Sam” … spotted various spots around Mies-Versoix easily identifiable by his red bandana and walking stick.
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Old 20.08.2012, 09:53
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There's this dude on the internet from Genève that has me pretty worried about his random posts and general mental state of health that I've never met ....
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Old 20.08.2012, 09:55
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There's this dude on the internet from Genève that has me pretty worried about his random posts and general mental state of health that I've never met ....
sounds like a bit of an asshole to me.
what do you call him?
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ALWAYS impeccably coiffed, finely dressed and wearing the requisite pearls.
Is that not Mrs G?
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Is that not Mrs G?
no, I know what to call her

likewise she knows what to call me.
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Vest Man or VM for short! Whatever the weather he wears a black vest!
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yes. i see the same people on my commute every day.
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sounds like a bit of an asshole to me.
what do you call him?
'Ungrateful'?
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Ok after that rather confusing title… what I mean is do you have people you see nearly every day, on your commute, or while you are out and about?
Given you probably don’t know the names of these people do you give them names?

Mrs. G and I have…
“fag ash lil” .. routinely seen on the streets of Versoix dragging a shopping trolley, always with a cigarette on the go ( although we’ve not seen her for a while, we are a little worried about fag ash.

“little red headed girl” .. usually running between Chambesy and UN area

“the Duchess” .. most often seen shopping at Migro, Versoix.. ALWAYS impeccably coiffed, finely dressed and wearing the requisite pearls.

And of course
“slow walking Sam” … spotted various spots around Mies-Versoix easily identifiable by his red bandana and walking stick.
Haha! My family makes up names for people we see regularly but don't know.

Near us we have "Saddam Hussein" (an absolute dead ringer for the man himself), "Brian May's sister" (if he had one - she would be it) and "Mrs Vinegar-tits" (bitter and nasty prison officer character from Prisoner Cell Block H but describes the acidic grumpiness of the lady who lives in the area who snarls at anyone within a 3 metre radius of her)
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Old 20.08.2012, 10:31
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Re: People you know, but don't.

Mr., Mrs. and Miss Otello, we know only the name of their cat.

"La güera". The blonde young lady living next door.

"Señor Telenovela" ("Mr. Soap Opera"), an old lady who looks a lot like a well known soap opera producer.
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Re: People you know, but don't.

For me, people I know but don't are those here on EF I've talked' to many a time - you begin to build a picture, somehow- and it can be such a surprise when and if I meet them. I've made some very good friends via EF and a French Forum I used to belong to. Funny how you can really get to know someone without knowing them

Two 'friends' from that French forum came to stay with us to cross-country ski - had never met them but knew we would get on like house on fire. And we did - and they will always be very real friends forever- and back next winter for more practice. And another lady who lives the other side of Lake Geneva - she comes t stay regularly, we go on day trips throughout Switzerland together, even went snorkelling in Egypt in June- and she comes to look after our animals when we go away sometimes.
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Re: People you know, but don't.

And I thought it was just me!

We have
'Cat lady' for obvious reasons, she loves cats,
'Smoking man' again obvious
'Girl with the hair' ditto (lots of hair)
'Tiggy's mum' like mojado (above), we only know her cat's name (now sadly deceased-the cat not the lady)
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'Tiggy's mum' like mojado (above), we only know her cat's name (now sadly deceased-the cat not the lady)
Exactly!

There are probably about 20 or so people I see regularly out walking - I know their dogs' names but not theirs.

It starts out with a smile and a hello - but after a few weeks of seeing each other daily, a little dog-related conversation develops. Then a bit later talk of the family creeps in - soon you are discussing hopes and aspirations. Through years of casual conversations you feel you know the person well - but at some point it becomes too embarassing to admit that you don't know his or her name. It's Filou's mum, Laika's dad, Sina's mum etc.

It's especially odd auf Deutsch - this surprised me given the strict formality everywhere else, but among doggie people many often jump straight to per Du.

Maybe that's to cover the fact that we don't know one another's names...
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Why not find out with a 'hi I'm meloncollie' and this is 'doggie'?
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Re: People you know, but don't.

One of my favourite social brain farts was saying "hi" to one of these people outside of the usual context. There was a young lady I would see on my tram to school almost every morning for years. We never went past acknowledging each other's presence. Then one time on arrival in Geneva airport after a long vacation we crossed paths there and I guess I was so thrilled to be back home and see a "familiar" face again that I said hi really enthusiastically. She just seemed puzzled. It took me a second to realize that I didn't actually know her and it was slightly inappropriate and creepy. This was months later when my schedule had changed so we never crossed paths again and thankfully I never had to relive the embarrassment. It did lead to some thinking about how much impact these people have and just how disconnected we've become. Why are we all so damn awkward and scared of each other?
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Re: People you know, but don't.

Russkov, Years ago driving to work one morning I saw one of my colleagues driving in the car next to being a friendly chap I beeped the horn and waved.

It was only when she waved back I realized it wasn't my colleague at all and I didn't actually know this woman
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That nice guy from from the film Jackie Brown, well he now works at my local kebab shop (how the mighty have fallen)



Seriously he's a dead ringer, I actually did a double take when I first saw him.
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One of my favourite social brain farts was saying "hi" to one of these people outside of the usual context. There was a young lady I would see on my tram to school almost every morning for years. We never went past acknowledging each other's presence. Then one time on arrival in Geneva airport after a long vacation we crossed paths there and I guess I was so thrilled to be back home and see a "familiar" face again that I said hi really enthusiastically. She just seemed puzzled. It took me a second to realize that I didn't actually know her and it was slightly inappropriate and creepy. This was months later when my schedule had changed so we never crossed paths again and thankfully I never had to relive the embarrassment. It did lead to some thinking about how much impact these people have and just how disconnected we've become. Why are we all so damn awkward and scared of each other?
I can relate to this in a slightly different way.

I once heard/read that the human brain only has the capacity to store in the region of about 200 different facial images.
After this is reached and exceeded, every new face just becomes a composite of one already stored, which is why many people go around looking at strangers and thinking that they might have met them before, but can't be sure.

Like the above quote, if I see someone out of context/location where I normally see them, that I may only vaguely know, I am always unsure whether or not I should I say hello, just in case it's not who I think it is - but there is often a double take from both of us - so others have the same problems it appears.

The best ones, are women that I normally see in sports gear/swimsuits, that when I later see them out with hubby, all dressed up, I just say:

-"Hi .... I didn't recognise you with your clothes on." ( cliché).

.....and famous people never look like their public image, in the flesh.
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Re: People you know, but don't.

Eh, it seems I'm not alone on this one! But as awkward as it can be, it can also be an excellent ice-breaker...

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One of my favourite social brain farts was saying "hi" to one of these people outside of the usual context. There was a young lady I would see on my tram to school almost every morning for years. We never went past acknowledging each other's presence. Then one time on arrival in Geneva airport after a long vacation we crossed paths there and I guess I was so thrilled to be back home and see a "familiar" face again that I said hi really enthusiastically. She just seemed puzzled. It took me a second to realize that I didn't actually know her and it was slightly inappropriate and creepy. This was months later when my schedule had changed so we never crossed paths again and thankfully I never had to relive the embarrassment. It did lead to some thinking about how much impact these people have and just how disconnected we've become. Why are we all so damn awkward and scared of each other?
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Russkov, Years ago driving to work one morning I saw one of my colleagues driving in the car next to being a friendly chap I beeped the horn and waved.

It was only when she waved back I realized it wasn't my colleague at all and I didn't actually know this woman
And yet, here you are, all these years later. Still happily married.
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