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Cresting 30: DonSense: You know this guy???

Can I share a secret with you? Do you promise not to tell anyone?

Oh, the irony of that statement.

I have the hardest time remembering names.

If remembering someone's name is considered the best compliment one

could ever give, forgetting someone's name is probably the biggest

social blunder one could make at parties and gatherings.

Well, events like the one below, happen to the best of us more often

than we would like to admit. And, the scenario usually plays out

something like this:

Being socialites in our late-20s and early-30s, we attend parties

and functions where we fraternize with new acquaintances all the time.

During those get-togethers, jokes and good times are shared.

Unfortunately, at the close of the evening, we go our separate ways

and disappear into our private lives. We rarely consider getting each

other's contact information; we'll just connect on Facebook.

Weeks go by, and we forget about that evening until another

serendipitous rendezvous, reuniting all of our closest acquaintances

together again. These are the moments, when paths cross, and

re-introductions are inevitable; the embarrassment sets in.

\"I know I know 'em; I just don't know 'em.\"

I'll illustrate by putting myself on the chopping block ... I keep

running into one guy at every party throughout this state — literally,

from Salt Lake City to St. George.

We've been introduced to each other at least five or six times. And,

each time he seems more frustrated that I can't remember his name.

\"Look, buddy. I know you, I just don't know you.\"

Like most people, my problem has nothing to do with face

recognition. However, when it comes to recalling someone's name, I'm

not always found wearing the victor's crown.

Some just have names not easily forgotten. Um-m-m... Osmond?

So, the next time our paths cross and I don't call you by name, it's not that I don't know you, it's just that I don't know you.

Please don't hate me; I'm trying harder, and I'm getting better.

I'm so busted!

Editor's note: Don Osmond is participating in a worldwide

competition to be the official blogger for an Antarctica expedition. He

is currently ranked in second place out of 400 entries. If you wish to

help him on his way, go to:

Don Osmond, son of Donny and Debbie Osmond, is a public relations

professional. His blog,\"DonSense,\" appears on on