I was at Fry's the other day and noticed that the checker scanning my groceries had a nametag that said "Nazib." I thought maybe the name was Arabic, but you never know around here - there are some pretty crazy Spanish names, too. So I asked him.
"Where did you get your name?"
He kind of cringed and said, "Well, it's a long story. It's my dad's name."
"Oh really? Where is it from?"
"Wow, I used to live in Damascus!"
But before I could say anything else, he said:
"That's in Jordan, right?"
And with that, he answered all the questions I was just about to ask.