I had not met Shelly in person before, but when I met her on Friday, I connected with her immediately. I felt like I had known her since high school. The conversation was easy — we both grew up in the Midwest, both love words and are just similarly wired. Since we were both on the speaker’s track, we attended some of the same sessions and enjoyed some meals together.
The afternoon of The Big 5, which is lingo for The Big 5-Minute Speech, because I’m all hip and into the use of super hip lingo, we snuck away and gave our 5-minute speeches for each other a couple of times — which was tremendously helpful to me. She told me to slow down, I told her to not say ubiquitous. She didn’t say ubiquitous and I didn’t slow down. She has a more teachable spirit than I.
Anyway, the day of The Big 5, Shelly was wearing this awesomely cute little black and white tweedy type bolero jacket. It was very Jackie, which is lingo for Jackie O. It’s hard to be as cool as I, what with all my lingo. Anyway, I coveted that jacket just a little bit. It was covetably cute.
Well, after The Big 5, as I was passing through a crowded hallway, I spotted that awesome jacket and I was thrilled to see my new friend and report how it went. So I went up to her and put my arm around her and put the side shoulder squeeze hug move on her and said, “Oh I’m so happy to see you!”
And then a lovely, lovely girl turned around who was not Shelly. In fact it was a girl I had never seen before. She was either terribly kind or terribly frightened, but no charges were pressed.
As I was saying, it’s just kind of hard to be as cool as me. With or without the lingo.