I mentioned yesterday about being mistaken for being part of an Air Sea Rescue exercise and how those on board a ferry seemed to think that I had been winched onto it as part of an exercise. An easy mistake to make… I also mentioned that this was not the only odd case of mistaken identity where someone had thought I was someone completely different. There is another example, which seems to still amuse my friend John a couple of years after I told him about it.
I was in a local restaurant having dinner with some friends. There were four couples there, and we had decided to meet up for some food before we headed off ballroom dancing, which is another story. We were happily eating and sharing stories, when, at the end of the meal, the waiter came over to us, looked slightly awkward, and said to us “ladies and gentlemen, I am terribly sorry to disturb you, but one of our other guests tonight has recognised that you are a group of famous musicians, He is also in a band and has gone home and got a copy of a demo CD that his band have recently recorded, and asked if I could pass it to you to see if you would listen to it, and if you liked it, maybe you could pass it on to someone who could help”. My friends looked somewhat bewildered, as if waiting for a punchline. “Leave it with us”, I replied, “we’ll see what we can do”. “That’s very kind of you, sir, thank you. I’m sorry for disturbing you”.
My friends asked why I didn’t just say that it was a case of mistaken identity and that we were eight random people. I pointed out that, whoever the person in the band was, he now thinks that a famous band has a copy of his CD, and at least has some hope that something might come from bumping into us in a restaurant. He probably also now has a great story to tell people about how he was in a local restaurant and some famous musicians turned up. We may not be able to progress his music ambitions, but at least we can give him some hope.
We then moved on to discuss who they might have thought we were. Genesis? Whitesnake? Def Leppard? The Jackson Five? S Club? We will never know now, but I am still curious to find out who we might have been.
We listened to the CD. It was very 1980s, which I believe is relatively trendy these days. I have yet to hear it on the radio, though…