I work/attend school on a small campus divided by a small street. Pretty typically you see people you know going to and from buildings, so I usually give the customary wave or polite conversation. Two things freak me out in this context though:
When someone waves in my direction and appears to be looking at me. That must mean I know them… but I can’t for the life of me recall who this person is! I’ve been here a while and I know a lot of people… but I’m really freaked out and often have the internal conversation, “Hey, don’t wave back like a jackass when the person they’re waving to is actually behind you!” I’ve had it happen both ways - the person is indeed waving at me and I just don’t recall meeting them before, or the person is waving at someone else. I mean, I guess it doesn’t matter if I wave at some random person but it seems really dorky to me.
Street parking is cack on campus so usually it requires a couple of circuits around the block and surrounding areas. I’m usually running late, and a little stressed so it is never a time when I’m driving in a leisurely manner. Sometimes I see people I know, but I pretend to be super-engrossed in driving because a) I’m not in the mood to chat - I can’t be charming because I’m going to be late! and b) I feel like a dork, where they’re probably saying, “Didn’t Hippy Hollow just drive up this street two minutes ago? Invest in a bus pass, jackass.” I always feel really weird doing this.
What social situations, for some bizarre reason, make you uncomfortable?