Advice for the Socially Awkward

A friend tells you that an acquaintance has had a baby and the baby's name is Anna. Your friend tells you the baby's middle name as well and refers to the baby by the full name throughout this initial conversation. It's a beautiful name and you don't think much about it.  In subsequent conversations, however, your friend persists in calling the little tyke by both the first and middle name. You begin to make jokes about the name, not because the name itself is funny, but because you find your friend odd. Somehow, over time, you come to call the baby Anna Conda. You find this very amusing and, when getting updates about the baby, you begin to refer to her by this name exclusively. You are normally really bad with names, so, you feel clever that you have created a mnemonic device by which to remember the name of the acquaintance's baby. You never see the acquaintance or the baby so you are safe from ever actually calling the baby Anna Conda in real life. It is harmless, really. Now, we have come to the cautionary part of this tale. If you ever find yourself at the bank, let's say, and the acquaintance pops her head in and says "hello" to you. Respond with "Hello! How are you?" and then stop. Do not say another word. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT then tell the acquaintance in rambling detail about your mnemonic device to remember her child's name...especially if it compares her adorable baby to an enormous carnivorous snake.

Oh, and maybe you shouldn't blog about it either...