Background: I suffered from a pulmonary embolism last year. I was standing at the kitchen sink when I felt faint. My last conscious thought was that I needed to get to the sofa. When I regained consciousness, I was lying on my back on the living room floor. Once I was delivered to the hospital and examined, the doctors were able to determine that I had blood clots in my lungs that cut off the supply of oxygen to my brain. For whatever reason, I lost some memories after that incident. There are certain people and experiences that I have not been able to recall.
I've mentioned before that I use Facebook to stay in touch with people I like and to re-connect with people I've lost touch with that I want back in my life.
I received a friend request this morning from someone whose name I remember, but nothing else. Unfortunately, this makes it impossible to decide whether to accept this request. I know I either used to work with him in Chicago or I went to graduate school with him. If it's the former colleague, I want nothing to do with him. If it's my former classmate, I will definitely accept the request.
What's a nice way to ask someone, "I have absolutely no idea who you are. Would you please provide additional information?"