I have recently had to deal with two people who name drop often. One is a person that I have limited contact with while the other is someone that I have to deal with a fairly regular basis. My attempts at bean-dipping and even ignoring has not stopped it. What's even worse, I live in a a place with a fair amount of celebrities (mostly music) and many people in this area work in the music industry and are connected.
The one that I have to deal with is particularly bad about doing this every time we have a conversation. Here's a recent example that is almost verbatim exchange minus a few changes.
Her: "Are you still participating in Big Athletic Event? When is it?"
Me: "Yes, I have been training for it. It's happening the first week of March."
Her: "Oh, have you ever heard of Minor Celebrity?"
Me: "Yeah, I've heard of his."
Her: "Well, I am Facebook friends with his wife because we used to work together, and she's participating in it also."
Me: "That's nice."
Her: "Yeah, we go way back. I knew them before he became famous."
Me: "Oh, okay. Look at the time, I better go find a seat."
She obviously didn't care about my participation in the event, she just wanted me to know that she knew this person. Most people would have said, " A friend of mine is also partipating."
I am beandipping and being attempting to be polite while being disinterested, but that hasn't seemed to stop it. I am to the point where I just want to roll my eyes and make a sarcastic response, but I know that is a rude and wrong approach. Any suggestions on how to deal with this? I have thought about humor, "Oh, that's nice. You wouldn't happen to be Facebook friends with Johnny Depp, would you?" but I am not sure if that would be rude.