(Okay, first, click here and watch this Friends clip. I wanted to include it in this post but embedding was disabled on YouTube. So, go watch it. I'll wait...)
Did you watch it? Alright...
When this Friends clip first aired, of course I thought it was funny. But, the full hilarity of it wouldn't hit me until about 3 years ago, when life imitated art.
David and I were eating when a guy started talking to him. As he was walking away, he looked at David and said "See you later, Dennis." I inquired as to who Dennis was. David, like Chandler, replied "He thinks that's my name." And, like Chandler, David didn't feel the need to correct him. "I corrected him at first. It didn't stick. He's probably going to keep calling me Dennis no matter what. He's a nice guy, so why bother?"
As a person who has spent her entire life dealing with mispronunciations, misspellings, and other atrocities of her name, I'm kind of sensitive to this matter. I mean, I get why people butcher Audreya. But David? Come on. That's a pretty basic name.
So I thought it had to be a joke. Maybe the guy was just messing with David. But, months passed and every time we saw the guy, it was always "Hey, Dennis!" or "See you later, Dennis." Never a hint of a smile or anything to indicate he wasn't serious.
Somewhere along the way, I decided we should call him Chunder. It was about as similar to his actual name as Dennis is to David. Plus, it had the added bonus of being another name Chandler was incorrectly called (in the episodes where Bruce Willis guest starred.) So, Chunder was born.
Anytime I would see Chunder out and about, he would speak to me, ask how Dennis was, etc. I would always reply "David is doing well." I kept thinking surely he would realize the error of his ways and quietly correct it. No big, embarrassing deal. I was mistaken.
About a year ago, Chunder saw me outside my office trying to hang up a sign. He stopped and offered to help. Chunder is a well-meaning guy. But after the eleventy-third time he mentioned Dennis, I finally said "Chunder," (okay, I used his real name) "My husband's name is David." Then he said a line that has now become famous in my world:
"Are you sure?"
Am I sure? Yeah, I've seen his birth certificate, Social Security card, driver's license, credit report... all say David. Oh, and did I mention I'm married to the guy? Yes. I am sure.
Instead, I just nodded and said "Yep, it's David."
Chunder continued to insist that I was messing with him. My co-worker chimed in. "I'm telling you, it's David!" He would never concede the point. Instead, as he was leaving, he just said "Tell Dennis I said hello."
When I got home and told
Dennis David, even he couldn't believe it. "You told him in no uncertain terms that my name was David and he thought you were kidding? Yeah, that's crazy - but it proves my point. There is no reason to correct him anymore." Instead, David decided to have some fun of his own.
Now, whenever we see the guy and he says "Hey, Dennis!" David shakes his hand and says "Hi, Chunder!" Yes, he actually says Chunder. At least a year into this plan, Chunder has never seemed to notice. Clearly Chunder lacks observational prowess.
And then there was this weekend...
David was outside cleaning his truck. Chunder was visiting friends in the neighborhood and stopped to chat. After a while, I stepped outside and discovered they were talking about a women who lived down the road. Chunder pointed to the house and said to me, "Dennis is going to fix me up with that lady!"
I stifled my laughter, mumbled something like "Awesome" and quickly retreated back into the house.
So is David actually going to fix Chunder up with the lady?
He says he's leaving that up to Dennis.