Side Note: I originally told this story at the last @TNTML stage show so my apologies if you’ve heard it but it’s one of my all-time favorite stories so I wanted to make sure I put it up here as well.
A year ago I participated in the Chevy SXSW road trip challenge as part of Team LA (Woot go SXSW Angels!). That in itself is a crazy story but I will tell that another time! Anyways, there were 10 times across the U.S. and Canada that competed. All of the teams ended up being awesome so of course when we got into Austin that night we partied it up big at a bash thrown for us by Chevy.
Look we had our own drinks. The name is based on the fact that we were the only team that didn’t have wifi in our car.
Afterwards I ended up party hopping with some fellow road trippers and I may have had a few drinks (cmon they were named after us AND were delicious). I somehow ended up in a pretty tech amazing group. There was the girl that created the fail whale and one of the co-founders of Digg just to name a few. We hung out for a little while on the Happiness Bus where I got to meet Tony Hsieh the founder of Zappos!
My little nerdy brain was exploding but I was trying my hardest not to let my age and lack of experience show. I was just a few months out of college at this point and was interning for a website, while a VERY cool concept, was not very well known. I tried to steer the conversation clear of these topics out of sheer embaressment.
While we were hanging outside of the bus some guy came up and recognized the co-founder of Digg. He very obviously came to chat this guy up and boxed me out of the conversation. Anytime I said anything he gave me this look like “who the eff are you?” When he finally asked this question out loud, I realized that it was time to mess with the d bag a little.
I have this weird talent where if I don’t know you I am THE best liar. If I know you, I feel too bad and it’s written all over my face. Well this guy DID NOT know me nor did he have any desire to talk to anyone that wasn’t big in the tech world.
So my response to him when he asked me who I am?
I told him that I was a well-known psychic. Yup, a psychic. Why I said that, I have NO idea but my drunk mind just came up with it so I went with it.
“Why the hell are you here then?” the dbag asked me.
I proceed to tell him that CEOs paid me to come out here and walk around the trade floor to tell them what the next big thing was going to be. Hence why I was hanging out with this fancy crowd.
He tried to call my bluff and asked me to give him some info on the companies that were about to ‘go big.’ I quickly responded with, “You’re not paying me and I signed a contract with these guys so I can’t release any information to you.”
At this point his WHOLE demeanor changed. He told me that he understand completely. I took this chance to take my whole faux-psychic story a step further and offered to read his palm for him.
I stroked his hand a few times and told him to relax and think about something calming.
I then proceeded to bullshit what each line on his hand meant. I told him that his career line was a little split. In true d bag fashion he said that this made sense because he was going to be CEO of a bunch of start-ups.
I then went into detail about his love line and how it seemed to stop and then start again. He went into this long ass story about his wife and how they were having trouble. Then I started to feel a little bad and told him that I couldn’t do anymore or he’d have to pay me (what? I said I felt bad but not THAT bad). He thanked me multiple times and walked away.
I returned to my little group not aware that they had been listening the whole time. Fail whale chica and Digg boy said they had no idea that I was in that kind of business. I laughed and told them that it was all B.S.Though not going to lie I was impressed with myself that I convinced not only one person of this absurd story but a whole group.
That crazy adventure still makes me laugh to this day. Hopefully I taught the dbag a lesson in treating EVERY SINGLE person with respect because you never know who they really might be!