From the archives:
Girl: Hey, how are you! I saw you upstairs and wanted to say hi. We met already. Remember me? Sarah?
Me: [scanning her face… thinking… thinking… drawing a complete blank.] Yeah! You do look familiar! Hi, it’s nice to see you.
Girl: You too! I know we kind of left it off in a weird way. My life was really hectic at that time and that’s why I didn’t get back to you. I really was in the middle of a big move. But everything’s back to normal now.
Me: [remembering now] Oh yeah! I remember you. [shaking head] I thought that was an uncreative excuse.
Girl: No, it was the truth!
Me: You know what this means… You owe me 20 drinks and lots of flattery for hurting my sensitive feelings. You’ve got some catching up to do. You’re already in the hole, behind, like, 100 points.
Girl: Haha. Well, we’ll see about that. Anyhow, just wanted to say hi. [looking expectantly at me]
Me: Hm, I suppose now that you’re settled in we could take another shot at meeting up for a conversation.
Girl: Do you still have my number?
Me: I’m not sure. Lemme check. [SLOOOOWWWLY scrolling through my phone list, like I’m going through a thousand numbers] Here we are. Um, don’t take this the wrong way, but I’ve got a few Sarahs in here. Don’t worry, some of these are old numbers from weeks ago. Let’s see if I get the right Sarah on the first guess. XXX-XXX-XXX?
Girl: Yep, that’s my number!
Me: OK, go back to your friends. I’ll give you a call sometime. Bye.