I’ve never seen that person before


This is how my brain works. Or doesn’t work.

I’ll be watching a movie or TV show, and a character will look at someone and say, “I’ve never seen that person before.” Which, of course, is not something anyone walking the earth can properly utter with 100-percent certainty.

Case and point: The folks above are sitting across from me in today’s coffee shop. I’m staring at them, they’re staring at me. We’re here, in the same space, eating, typing, drinking within 10 yards of one another.

If a week from now, however, you line the guy up against a wall and ask, “Have you ever seen this person before?”—well, I’d almost certainly say no.

Back to work.