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Old June 14 2013, 10:33 PM   #1
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An interesting anecdote about two days ago...

I was on the phone calling for some information, and the person who answered was taking my first and last name. Paraphrasing:

Her: Kurt?

Me: 'Kirk' like the Star Trek captain.

(silence)

Me: K-I-R-K.

Her: I'm sorry, I don't know who that is.

Me (chuckling): No problem.

I assume that people know of the characters from the Abrams films, but there are people who have never even seen any films in the Star Wars franchise...so it's not farfetched.
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Old June 14 2013, 11:30 PM   #2
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^That poor girl. She doesn't know what she's missing.

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Old June 14 2013, 11:39 PM   #3
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Meh, the mindset that if someone doesn't like the same things you do that they're missing out on something is the height of hubris.

Not everyone's going to like the same things. Bet she likes some things that we wouldn't. It doesn't make it's wrong. I'd probably do the same thing if someone said "(name) like the famous music star."
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Old June 14 2013, 11:40 PM   #4
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Re: An interesting anecdote about two days ago...

Years ago, I validated a check from a woman named Lisa Simpson. The woman didn't know there was a cartoon character of the same name.
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Old June 14 2013, 11:48 PM   #5
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Meh, the mindset that if someone doesn't like the same things you do that they're missing out on something is the height of hubris.
My post was meant in jest.

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Old June 15 2013, 12:13 AM   #6
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Re: An interesting anecdote about two days ago...

There are downtrodden poor neighborhoods in DC where residents don't know who Obama is. One of my old classmates did student teaching in one of those neighborhoods. She told about how some people knew nothing of White house and the Congress despite being only a few miles away.

Extreme survival mode, I guess
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Old June 15 2013, 12:34 AM   #7
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^Sadly, that problem is more widespread than most people would like to believe.

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Old June 15 2013, 01:34 AM   #8
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Don't get me started on the telemarketer who tried to sell me "Exena" merchandise. It took me a couple of minutes to realize she meant "Xena."

Helpful hint: learn how to pronounce the product you're trying to sell!
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Old June 15 2013, 01:34 AM   #9
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Years ago, I validated a check from a woman named Lisa Simpson. The woman didn't know there was a cartoon character of the same name.
She obviously never Googled her name.

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There are downtrodden poor neighborhoods in DC where residents don't know who Obama is. One of my old classmates did student teaching in one of those neighborhoods. She told about how some people knew nothing of White house and the Congress despite being only a few miles away.

Extreme survival mode, I guess
I'd say pretty extreme. It's not like the White House or it's location are a big secret or anything. It's been in plenty of movies, TV shows, on the news and in the newspapers. I would assume plenty of DC area DJs mention the White House once in a while.
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Old June 15 2013, 01:36 AM   #10
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^I'm just amazed a telemarketer was trying to sell Xena merchandise.

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Old June 15 2013, 01:38 AM   #11
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She obviously never Googled her name.
Slightly OT, but I wonder how many people actually do that. If I Google my name, I find only myself.

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Old June 15 2013, 01:40 AM   #12
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^I'm just amazed a telemarketer was trying to sell Xena merchandise.

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Even more amazing: it worked! I ended up ordering the first season on VHS.

(This was some years ago, obviously!)
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Old June 15 2013, 01:43 AM   #13
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Even more amazing: it worked! I ended up ordering the first season on VHS.
Nice! I remember the show, but never got into it much.

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Old June 15 2013, 01:44 AM   #14
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She obviously never Googled her name.
Slightly OT, but I wonder how many people actually do that. If I Google my name, I find only myself.

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I share my name with a couple of celebrities, so they get the top spots.

I've had customers named Mel Gibson, Fidel Castro and Gene Simmons.
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Old June 15 2013, 11:37 AM   #15
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