Short anecdote: I met someone on the elevator going out of the building this morning. We talked and walked and ate pretzels for a while until I actually remembered my manners and introduced myself. Usually, I forget this altogether. Talked about school, mostly.
Anyway, 5 minutes later in calc lecture I had already forgotten her name. I suck :) I could be making this up, but I think it was Jill who lives in New York.
So, for future reference, let's review Kev's Rules For Recovering Xenophobes:
(1) Introduce yourself.
(2) Pay real close attention after (1) because that's usually when the other party introduces herself.