anonymity is defined as
one that is unknown or unacknowledged.
when someone's name is not given or known.
My anonymity. Right! Like I have any!
Everywhere I go at school, I have students who are not in my classes shout out "hello Amanda." When I lived in Meinong, the people across the street when I waited for the trash truck one day had an entire conversation about me . . . not behind my back, but right in front of me. I don't know these people . . . how do they know me?!?
I go to the train station in another town and run into someone I met when I was an exchange student. I go with my students to eat chaw bing in downtown KH and run into someone I met once three months ago. Then, this week, I was driving home from the store and one of my students passed me on a moped with her brother. I know these people . . . but what are the chances?
And most recently, I made a foolish traffic decision on my moped. And, while oncoming traffic wizzed by me on the left and the right . . . I heard someone say "hi Amanda." Oh my. I can't even make mistakes in the middle of an intersection without someone recognizing me!
Yes, that is right. I have no anonymity. None. Zip. Zilch. Nada. 無. 沒有. Nil.
And that is not necessarily a bad thing. Just something I am not sure I will ever get used to.