Tuesday, July 20, 2004
( 9:18 AM ) teahouse
What's In a Name?
Bob is my mailroom guy at work. He pushes the cart around and delivers the mail to all of the attorneys on my floor.
Yesterday I passed him the hall as I was coming out of my office. He said, "Good afternoon, Miss Chang."
My last name isn't Chang. It doesn't even sound like Chang. It isn't even close to Chang. What the...?
Bob has been delivering my mail for the past 4 months. He saw me coming out of my office. I always get my mail, properly addressed to me. And I know his name.
My coworker suggested that maybe he was just trying to be respectful, like when some people say, "Hey, Jack" to all men. Seems pretty thin to me.
Or maybe he figured that Chang is a pretty common name among Asians, so statistically he had a shot of getting it right? But how could he not know my name?
At any rate, it was sweet of him to call me "Miss."