Yesterday, I was reading Marko's post about being recognized in an out of state Starbuck's and how weird it feels when that happens. As I read it I thought "ooh, that is kinda freaky, I'm glad that's never happened to me..." Because I've been hanging around the youth ministry world for 20 years, I tend to be a somewhat familiar face at youth ministry happenings, but nobody has ever 'recognized' me outside those settings. The closest thing would be a couple of years ago when my wife and I were walking around Target. A junior high boy came up to me and said, "Hey, you're the host of Wildside!" He didn't know me by name and didn't know that I'm a Pastor...he just knew me as the "Host". Very funny.
Anyway, today as I was ordering my iced tea at Starbuck's (unsweetened), the barista looked at me and said "I know you, you wrote a book my youth pastor made me read before I could start working with junior high students". It was busy, people were waiting and I shot out a quick, totally stupid reply. "I'm glad you liked it." She NEVER said she liked it! She just said she was forced to read it. I'm an idiot.