So now, let's get around to name dropping. I was on Facebook and read two posts yesterday that reminded me of an incident long ago.
One person said she was having dinner with the mayor of New Orleans. Another person said she was having lunch with one of the actresses from The Office who is in our town doing summer theater.
At first, I was impressed, and then as I read further into each post I noted that these people were not actually seated at the table with these VIPs, but actually dining at the same restaurant.
Years ago I dropped an impressive name. I had to go downtown to the Board of Education main office to check on where my check was, as nobody seemed to know. I was being given the run around. After an hour I came full circle, having traipsed three floors and spoken with three department heads. I'd had enough. I walked into the next office and explained that I had left numerous voice mails, to which the woman replied, "Oh, I never listen to those."
I was seething by the time I explained my story yet again. She said she couldn't help and directed me to payroll. I walked in with my head high, made direct eye contact and said, "I just spoke to Superintendent, Dr. ___ and I have been directed to come see you about issuing a replacement for my lost check."
At the mention of the superintendent's name, the slouching woman sat up, asked for my information and promptly resolved my problem.
Did I lie? No. The superintendent (who was already in the elevator) and I greeted one another with a cheery smile and hello. (I did speak to him!)
I WAS directed to the payroll office. I didn't say WHO directed me.
I stated my problem and how I wanted it resolved. I got results.
Name dropping has advantages. Have you ever had a celebrity encounter or dropped a name?