I’m spending all weekend in the office, working on a couple of grants that are due tomorrow. Being even more in need of sanity breaks (such as this quick blogging break) than usual, I took a nice refreshing walk in the snow yesterday lunchtime to a nearby Safeway. The cashier was new, and unusually chatty as she rang up my sandwich, milk (tea consumption is at an all-time high), fruit smoothie, and chocolate (an essential item). As I handed over my Safeway loyalty card and air miles card, she glanced at the latter and asked, “how do you pronounce your last name?”
“Um, Ennis”, I replied.
She gave me an extremely strange look as she took my cash and handed back my cards.
As I was walking away, putting the cards and change back in my wallet, I noticed that I haven’t yet changed my name on my air miles card. (I’ve been married 3 and a bit years, but hey, some name changes have a higher priority than others).
Asking someone how you pronounce “Dunn” is a bit weird, no?
However, I have to accept that answering with “Ennis” is even weirder.
I should probably avoid that checkout line for a wee while.