At the time, it just felt awkward, but now it's easy to laugh at a situation, which could've easily been a sketch if you could hear our thoughts. I've reproduced what happened at the office the other day, as truthfully as I can.
My colleague John came up to me and said:
"We need to talk about the certificates."
What certificate? We did talk about some certificate last month... I should know what he's talking about, so no reason to admit that I have no clue what he's talking about. What server needs a certificate? Is he just asking for advice, or do I have to do something?
"Yeah, that sounds like a good idea!" I said.
Which certificate is this about? What servers use certificates? The office's web server doesn't have a certificate at all, which is bad, but I don't think John cares about that. So maybe it's the Git server, but what did we say about that?
"Perhaps you can send a meeting invitation?" I continued.
"Sure. Do you remember who was interested in this?" John said.
"No, not really", I said and drifted off thinking.
What the fuck? So John can't even help me understand the context in which he is asking about the certificate?
And then we just stood there for a little while, each in their own thoughts.
"Well, at least Chris..." John finally said.
"Uh huh..." I said.
Chris? Didn't he quit several months ago?
"And perhaps Mark?" John continued.
What do Chris and Mark have in common? Oh, of course, John's talking about the other Chris! He dealt with the Git server... is that what we're talking about now?
"Yeah, that probably right. It would be good if you could write an agenda for the meeting", I said.
"But I don't really know what we need to discuss... I suppose we'll figure that out at the meeting", said John.