Rhea from Ghana

An actual exchange I had in a Dubai hotel lobby.

Woman (approached me at lobby bar): Hello, where you from?

Me: The US

Woman: Oh American. That’s nice. What’s your name?

Me: David

Woman: Do you work here?

Me: Yes, my office is next door. What about you. Do you work here?

Woman (looked around the lobby): Sort of. My work is…mobile.

Me: Got it. So what’s your name and where are you from?

Woman: I’m Rhea and I’m from Ghana.

Me: Let me get this straight. You’re from Ghana and your name is Rhea? Seriously?

Woman: Yes, why?

Me: I can see why you’re struggling to build a business here. I would change your name. Ghana and Rhea, while both lovely names, could be problematic for your value proposition if they’re in close proximity.

Woman (touches my arm): Want me to come to your room?

Me: Not unless you brought an iron and ironing board. I have a suit that needs some refreshing.

Woman: You’re not interested?

Me: In the ironing? Yes. Otherwise, I’ll pass.

Woman: Good night, baby face.

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