A Fabrication by Any Other Name

Customer: “So a friend of mine just won IML.”

Me: “Really?”

Customer: “Yep!”

Me: “Very cool! I love James.”

Customer: “…”

Me: “He’s an amazing guy.”

Customer: “…”

Me: [gesturing to the IML medal around my neck] “I competed with him.”

Customer: “… Oh. Yes! He’s great. I knew him when he lived in San Antonio.”

Me: “Awesome! I’ll send him your regards.”

Customer: “Neat!”

And then he changed the subject.

Later that night, I messaged James and was like, “Hey, [name] says hello,” and he wrote back all, “Cool! Um… who?” So I was like, “The important thing here is that you got name-dropped,” and he was all, “Oh, hey, I did! Hell yeah!

Additional points of info:

1. James really is amazing, and it’s very freaking inspiring to have him representing our class this year.

2. This whole situation was so much more entertaining than the humdrum “I know the owner” allegations I usually get stuck debunking.

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