should accidentally fall, you’ll get pale brown lager all around the hall. This was unfortunate, but when, later, I knocked over the bottle I was drinking from (not at the moment I was drinking, you understand, I’d put it down) and spilled it on the carpet, it seemed more like carelessness.
On the other hand, my luck was in and I won a bag of seed potatoes at the Gardening Club raffle. I sat next to a woman I hadn’t seen before and who, it transpired, has just joined. She grows lots of vegetables and sells some of them at the Friday evening market and I said that, if she still has a surplus, to offer them to Al. I even asked her name and have remembered it!!(!). This may not appear remarkable to you sophisticated yet friendly people, but I am remarkably bad at that. When meeting someone new, I always tell them my name. Generally, if there seems any doubt in their eyes, I tell them again on the second and third meetings as I do not expect to be remembered – this is not humility but an acceptance that this is the way life is, most people are not brilliant at remembering names. However, when I say “Hello, I’m Z, I am *something pertinent about me*”, quite often I simply get “Hello Z” back, when I’m hoping for “Hello Z, I’m X.”
Sometimes, I know someone for quite some time before I find out their name or their job. I never ask about jobs as I do not evaluate people by what they do for a living. But it means that I’m always the last person to find out anything.
Tomorrow night, it’s the Car Club Christmas dinner. They always have it in mid-January, which I think is a very good idea. We’re all Christmas-dinnered-out in December. I always find it slightly sticky, actually, as I hardly know most of the members, but I’ll put on my party manners and scintillate as much as decorum suggests.