As a stand up comedian from time to time I get recognized.
I am not at all saying I should move to limos and big glasses,
but I assume the attire of any-minute-I-may-be-a-superhero
and the distinctive voice/name may play some part of people realizing they've seen me before.
Tonight on subway on my way home from a full day off,
a couple sat across from me
arguing over me.
They would look at me
and then discuss observations.
This went on for about five minutes, or so, until I was good and awkward
in the steamy subway car
until finally the boyfriend got the stones to speak to me.
"We know you."
I looked up from my dog eared copy of the Bell Jar and offered,
"Um, I'm a stand up comedian."
The girlfriend nearly lept out of her seat, "YES! You're the funky girl!"
"Yep. Sue Funkeeeeeeeee."
"No, it's pronounced Funk."
"For the past 27 years or so, I've had it down pretty straight. Funk, but it's spelled F-U-N-K-E."
"See, I knew I was right," she said and walked out the door.
I'm still not sure if she was talking to me or her boyfriend about that last part.