Setting: Panera Bread with "P", a good friend of mine who is also a sales rep. Names have been changed to protect the innocent.
Me: (sipping soup) So what do you have going on today?
P: (taking a bite of sandwich) I have discontinued products that I have to go pull from shelves.
Me: (wrinkling nose) Ew. I hate doing that.
P: (shrugging) It's okay, it'll go fast. What about you? You busy today?
Me: (sighing) I have a huge project that's supposed to be ordering in the next few days, so I have to get it all buttoned up and ready to go. And I need to take my product binders over to XYZ Firm now that they've moved into their new office.
P: (smiling and clapping her hands) Oh fun! I love the girls over there.
Me: I know, me too! They're all so sweet. And I love that Kim Doe is over there now full time. She'll fit in so well with everyone.
P: Oh, that's right! Her last name is Doe now. It used to be Smith, right?
Me: (thinking hard) No, that can't be right. She got married awhile back and it changed from from Crawford to Doe, didn't it?
Me: (determined) Yes, that HAS to be right. Kim Crawford to Kim Doe. I don't know where you're getting Smith from, honey.
P: (leaning in and whispering) Um, isn't Kim Crawford the.....you...when you go to....with your friend Tracy?
Me: (leaning closer to hear) Huh? What?
P: (practically hissing, but still trying to maintain privacy, for my sake.) Isn't Kim Crawford the wine you drink when you go to Houlihan's with your friend, Tracy?
Me: (light bulb goes on) Oh. Holy. Crap. Did I really just confuse one of my client's names with a BOTTLES OF WINE???!!
P: (leaning back in her chair) Apparently Kim Crawford is VERY good client of yours.
Me: (nodding head) True, very true. And really, she is the best client ever. She always makes me feel good, she listens, and there's always plenty of her to go around.
P: Yeah, but you have to buy her to meet with her and get her love.
Me: (smiling) And how is that different from any of my other clients?