Introductions

@dawnald (84155)
Shingle Springs, California
March 9, 2011 10:41am CST
A long time ago, at a company that doesn't exist any more, I was taking a class to learn about a system called LOS (Loan Origination System). It was a vendor package where we had bought the source code and modified it, I believe. Anyway, all these years later, I remember two things from the session. 1. If you typed in the word "dog" at a command prompt, a little dog would walk across the screen barking and log you off. 2. The introduction of the guy who was giving the class. He said, "hi, I'm Randy, and I'm a bits and bytes kind of guy." I guess that basically meant he was real into programming. I don't know. But it stuck with me all these years. Have you ever had an introduction stick with you long after you forgot what the person was even like?
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@hofferp (4739)
• United States
9 Mar 11
No, I can't think of anything, right now. I'm really bad at introductions. I don't catch what the people are saying, let alone their names. I usually get the name by listening to them introduce themselves to others. And I've never had a creative command prompt...
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Mar 11
I don't remember names either, not unless they're said several times. That went in my 30's due to too much information and not enough storage capacity!
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@GardenGerty (93558)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Mar 11
Too bad people cannot just go out and buy some extra memory and have it installed. It would make life a lot simpler.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Mar 11
@thesids (22448)
• Bhubaneswar, India
9 Mar 11
Hi dawnald Long back in 1996, I joined at a computer training center here as a Trainer. I was 22 then. The first day when I reached, the students were celebrating the "Welcome Party for the Freshers". Being young and in early 20s they mistook me to be a student and had me seated among the freshers. I never had participated in any one of such parties even at my college as those days this was not an in thing and so I waited. When my turn came, they asked me to pick up a chit and perform whatever was written on the chit. I took the chit and went on the stage and introduced myself as "my name, age, and profession: A Newly Appointed Trainer to teach Programming to the Students". They were shocked and apologized for the confusion but I did do the act of singing a song that was mentioned on the chit. Thanks for bringing back the good old memories
@thesids (22448)
• Bhubaneswar, India
9 Mar 11
Sorry though that this doesnt fit in what you needed but I had this memory to share. Not many great introductions were attended by me.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Mar 11
No, that's great!
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@thesids (22448)
• Bhubaneswar, India
10 Mar 11
Tx
@dorannmwin (36695)
• United States
12 Mar 11
I can't really think of an introduction like that which I've ever been given. However, I find in my own life that there are a lot of people that have a really hard time with my first name and I've got an introduction for myself that I will give that I'm pretty sure sticks with people for a long time. My name is Dorann and most people are not able to correctly pronounce my names so I will say Dorann, like Door that you walk through plus the name Ann.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Mar 11
You are only the second Doran I've ever run into, and the other one only had one "n", so I guess I can see that people wouldn't be familiar with it.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
11 Mar 11
I once met a guy who I knew the reputation even before we met. His parents where Chinese, and he looked every bit Chinese, except he was born in San Francisco and spoke perfect English. Before I met him, friends of friends (of his), were telling stories about him. That once he was stopped by a cop for some traffic violation, but got out of it without a ticket. They said that when the cop came by his car, he would say something in Chinese, and then say 'no English'. The cop would keep asking, but would soon get frustrated and just let him off. When I did finally meet him, everybody would just refer to him as 'the guy who ...' or in short, just as 'the guy'. It stucked.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Mar 11
@GardenGerty (93558)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Mar 11
I liked the Sids memory, it was cute. I do not remember and outstanding introduction. I guess this was a really helpful class if those two things are all you remember, but of course if you do not need the info any more it is good to delete it.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Mar 11
Yes, it was very cute. I was on that computer system last in 1994 or 1995, so yeah, no further use for the information. It was mothballed long ago.
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@celticeagle (115442)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Mar 11
Yes! When I worked at the telephone company a lady by the name of Nancy Hartman. I will never forget her. She looked the part. B-I-T-C-H! She was my manager when I first started there. I recall so many times she screamed the b word. She was the apitimy of human machine. She had no feelings. Never smiled. One time a good friend and co-worker's dog got hit by a car. Ofcourse she couldn't leave the dog and just jump and come to work. She had no one else to help her and take the dog to the vet or anything. So she did and then came to work as soon as she could but she was quite late. Nancy actually asked her why she didn't just leave the dog and come to work. My friend just stared back at her with her jaw dropped looking at her in disbelief. I can't believe it to this day. No matter how heartless a person is.......I mean.......!!
@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Mar 11
Shaking head.... Oh well it was "just a dog", right? You really have to wonder about some people...
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@celticeagle (115442)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Mar 11
OMG! I literally shake just thinking back at some of the stuff she used to do. She was such a callos person. I wonder what her family was like. Ugh! Was she that way with them? Oooh! Cringing.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Mar 11
Severe Asperger's maybe, idk.
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@much2say (37345)
• United States
9 Mar 11
Yah! I used to go to that 99 Cent Store near my work (in CP - so you may remember that exact store I'm talking about). There was this short guy who worked in there and he always said hi to me and you just knew he was "interested" but never said anything (not that I was interested - no thank you). I hate it when I see short men (not to be judgmental), but it seems like short men like short girls - and they get all flirty. Sorry but this short gal was already taken! One day I go in there after work, and he started yapping to me when I picked up a can of water chestnuts. He said something about Asians being so healthy because they eat so many vegetables, yada yada. This was the first "conversation" we've ever had - besides the "hi's". He kept turning the conversation, telling me his name and other personal things. And then he went to ask me to marry him. Yes, he asked me to marry him!! He said he was hard working, and something something - and that he loved "Oriental" girls. Oh brother. I didn't go back to that 99 Cent Store for a long while - too awkward!!!!!!!!!!
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Mar 11
I said "no" and got the hell out of there fast as I could...
@much2say (37345)
• United States
9 Mar 11
Pretty much what I did at the 99 Cent Store - hee hee.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Mar 11
bleah...
@p1kef1sh (45647)
9 Mar 11
Some years ago I was training a computer course and beforehand we had to visit the software developer. The company representative was called Edith and whenever she was about to tell us a short cut (or not!) she'd say "Tips from Edith.."! I still say it today when I am about to bore someone senseless with something technical.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Mar 11
Edith or don't Edith but don't take shortcuts... (severe look)
@p1kef1sh (45647)
9 Mar 11
But they save miles...
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Mar 11
(s)miles?
@krajibg (11942)
• Guwahati, India
9 Mar 11
Hi dawn, No see for a long time. The profession I am in every time attend a seminar, workshop, educational tour and our promotion related course. Everywhere stand up and 'Hi, me ....from...' It was the vacation period and my students asked me to be their guide. I consented. It was a long tour about 24 days. That evening I was with my students in a park nearby a zoo. There my students met people from our province. I was just listening to their discourse and one gentleman asked them if they were as students all alone. With some hesitation they pointed towards me and said I was their guide plus teacher. Those people I saw blushing and some said sorry. I said its ok. Such thing really lingers in your memory for long time.
@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Mar 11
Hi there. Yep that would stick in your mind for a while. :D
@krajibg (11942)
• Guwahati, India
9 Mar 11
Yes. it was complimentary to me too. lol
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@KrauseHome (34153)
• United States
12 Mar 11
In life I think we have all ran into people like this. Sometimes it makes you wish you could talk to that person more and find out more who they really are, and then other times it makes you think.. Wow, how can someone really be like that, and feel that way about someone or something for sure. The more positive someone is from the word get go when you first meet them that will usually leave you feeling good about them even if it just in passing as well.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Mar 11
Yep it does...
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
10 Mar 11
No fascinating introductions that I can remember. It sounds like he was well practiced in introducing his profession....maybe we should think of our own introduction.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Mar 11
Might be fun. Should have made that part of the discussion!
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
10 Mar 11
that is sort of neat. i am trying to think about that but i would have to say not really. i just finished a class on excel and our teacher didn't even introduce himself, he just started teaching!
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Mar 11
Actually that is unusual...
• United States
10 Mar 11
I can't remember any really pleasant and or outstanding ones, but this reminds of the Microsoft Word little paper clip that popped up the first time years ago I used Microsoft word. I was new to Word so not sure right away how to turn off the annoying paper clip that wanted to suggest my every move. I guess he stuck with me for many years because each time I start up and or upgrade word the first thing I do is think of that and turn off the feature.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Mar 11
I really don't like that damn paper clip!
@neildc (17257)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
10 Mar 11
i can't remember either dawn, something like this one. but i remember a friend of mine, who is a very close friend. he always start with a meeting with a BIG LAUGH. he's a total JOKER.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Mar 11
It's good to start them off with a laugh, it wakes everybody up!
@sswallace21 (1824)
• United States
10 Mar 11
I normally only remember numbers. Like dates, phone#, math equations & calculation etc.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Mar 11
I only remember numbers if I need to.
@jillhill (37399)
• United States
9 Mar 11
I haven't met anyone that smart! lol...really I have never heard of an introduction any where near that! Good one!
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Mar 11
Guess that's why it stuck in my mind.
@BarBaraPrz (18439)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
9 Mar 11
Can't bring anything to mind... Other than "dog" reminds me of a screen saver called Felix... a little black and white kitty travelled across your screen, visited the fish bowl, dropped down from the top, etc. all the fun kitty stuff.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Mar 11
I think I vaguely remember that one...
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