Names are hard. If you're like me, you find it weirdly impossible to remember anyone's first time the first time you meet them. It's like my brain doesn't want to commit to learning someone's name unless it's sure they'll be in my life for a long time. But not knowing a person's first name can get extremely awkward. And the longer you know the person, the more awkward it is to ask them. At a certain point, you just have to give up and commit to calling them "you," forever.
Apparently I'm not the only person who struggles with this issue. Someone asked Reddit: "what is the longest you’ve gone without knowing a person’s name?"
1.) From Zenmedic:
My next door neighbor introduced himself when he moved in. I promptly forgot his name. I danced around it for that same 5 years. He was from a French speaking part of Canada, so when talking with my wife, he was "French guy next door"
5 years after first meeting, he admits in a conversation that he'd forgotten my name. We have a good laugh and reintroduce ourselves.
His name was Guy. I had it right the whole time, he was French Guy next door.