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Saturday, April 03, 2010

Getting confused with Meng

One of the perpetual sources of amusement to others (and occasionally myself) at Google is that for whatever reason, I get frequently confused with Meng by other people. This is very confusing to me, because Meng looks like this:

Yes, that's right. He's always shaking hands with a president.

I look like this:
From Pigeon Point 2010

(And that's my good side)

Clearly, Meng is much better looking than I am, yet people confuse me for him! I got annoyed at this at first, but then decided that since it was mostly white people making this mistake, I could understand. When I first moved to this country, all the white people looked alike to me too. It took me a while to realize that color of hair and eyes could be used as distinguishing features.

Then one day, an Asian woman mistook me for Meng. What's worse, I was even riding a bicycle. Meng doesn't ride a bicycle. About the only thing we share in common is that we both grew up in Singapore, and are friends with Pengtoh.

Then one day, Meng came up to me and said that this guy walked up to him and started talking about cycling. I felt mortified that at least once in a while the mistaken identities went the othe way.

Anyway, now that I'm no longer a googler, there's no excuse for mistaking Meng and I. Just look for the Google badge. If there's one, then it's Meng. If there's none, then it's me. Until Meng retires from Google, that is... I don't know what to do if that happens.


Tom Galloway said...

Ah, but remember, you've written a book. Which means it's possible that Authors@Google will bring you in to give a talk. Which means you'll have to go visit Meng and have your picture taken with him. If the picture's not labelled when put on Meng's wall, people can play "Guess the Meng/Piaw". : -)

Todd Nemet said...

If it's any consolation, Meng confused me with Max Ibel. We had a brief but confusing (for me) conversation outside of Crittenden one morning. Only later did I realize why he was calling me Max.


batsnapper said...

Funny, your "head shot" is what I use for my facebook profile. I have many pictures of me from my stoker's perspective. Enjoy the blog.

Chade-Meng Tan said...

It's understandable. All slim Chinese guys look the same. Some days, I can't tell myself apart from Piaw. I'll be like, "Hey, that's me over there. No wait, it's Piaw".