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In which i suck at this

I live in a house with a huge meadow across the street from me.  In front of the fence of the huge meadow is a tree: a big, beautiful black walnut tree.  Every year Kevin and I breathe a sigh of relief that it’s alive because these trees aren’t that common.  Each spring we get excited when the leaves come out and the squirrels love the nuts and Tucker loves to chase squirrels so the tree is always a cause for excitement.


Today, when I drove into the neighborhood after working out, there was a man under the tree picking up walnuts and placing them into a large box.  Now walnuts are huge, especially black walnuts.  They’re also messy and all over the place.


I got Tucker and we went outside to talk to him about what he was up to and he explained that he wanted to make some “black walnut” ice cream from the nuts and that it was delicious.  I asked him how you prepared the nuts and honestly, it’s apparently a tedious and messy process.


He then explained that he also wanted to plant some seeds in his back yard so he could have his own walnut tree.


Me:                  so you want to grow your own tree?

Him:                yep, in my backyard

Me:                  and where do you live?

Him:                about two blocks from here?

Me:                  in this neighborhood?

Him:                yes, I live in this neighborhood

(Oh shit moment number one)

Me:                  what street?

Him:                (he tells me the street)

Me:                  down on the right?

Him:                no, the second house on the left

(Now I’m puzzled.  I know the person who lives in that house)

Me:                  are you Cindy’s husband?

Him:                yes Lynn, I am

(Oh shit moment number two)

… and then I cringed because I do this shit ALL THE TIME.  I meet people and then I can’t recognize them outside their surroundings.  In this case, he and his wife walk their dog past my house.  Normally, I just see her and I haven’t really ever seen him without her … except at neighborhood parties and meetings but then I’m either drinking or not paying attention or both.


So … that was embarrassing.  But I did learn another interesting fact.  Apparently that awesome black walnut tree outside my house is worth a hell of a lot of money for the wood and the furniture business.


I also learned that I suck with playing along with situations and I can’t hide my ignorance worth a damn.  But then, you knew that didn’t you???

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  1. Ribena
    October 26, 2012

    Ha ha, so glad it is not just me that does that. If people strike a conversation with me I go along with it while racking my brain trying to work out where I know them from. Hubby is generally very useful in these situations….

    I generally say in my defence that I know so much stuff that some of it just randomly falls out of my brain. Not that anyone believes me.
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    • Lynn
      October 26, 2012

      hahaha…I’m the worst at recognizing people… I might just use that excuse next time

  2. Julie
    October 26, 2012

    We have more in common every day ~ we have a huge black walnut tree in our front yard. We have tinkered with the idea of trying to do something with the nuts but the squirrels always beat us to them.

  3. Cindy
    October 26, 2012

    I’m with ya on this one. Worst memory EVER! I try to get my husband to say their names or I just give up and ask how do I know you. People have learned to mostly just tell me their names right away – totally saves time.

  4. Name *
    October 26, 2012

    In the word of the younger generation – Awkward! I once forgot my cousin’s husband’s name as I was introducing him to someone and I stammered along until he said his own name for me. Sh-It happens!

  5. ARod
    October 27, 2012

    lol that totally happens to me all the time ughhhhhhhh my memory is shit

  6. Adeline Jonathan
    October 28, 2012

    I am so much like you. But for me I won’t say that I’m ignorant, but just a bit slow in getting to know or notice some people. It can be pretty embarrassing sometimes.
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    • Lynn
      October 29, 2012

      hahaha…i have no memory and never recognize people out of their element

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