Last week, I got a phone call from an unknown number, and the conversation went this way:
Her : How are you?
Me : Who are you?
To put things in context, she turned out to be an old friend. She apparently assumed that I would have her number saved in my phone and/or would recognize her voice. Hence, she did not consider it necessary to introduce herself first.
However, my last contact with her was over 5 years ago. I had either deleted her number or just lost it when I changed my phone handset. I also did not recognize her voice, so blurted out that response.
In hindsight, or rather, almost immediately, this didn't feel right. How to properly respond when the other person assumes you recognize them, but you don't?