Oh the way people remember me...
I was helping a friend with some car work the other day and tripped over the jack handle,fell and scraped the crap out my knee/leg and broke my big toe(psa:Wear closed toe shoes when working!). Anyways, I was over at my business partners for dinner with his wife and kids. As soon as his wife saw my bandaged leg and obvious limp I get the "How drunk were you?".. She was quite surprised/"proud of me". When Her husband told her the last time I had a drink(7+mo and going strong). She didn't even know I had stopped drinking. She apologized for her assuming I was drunk but, I told her that's not needed, If anything I owe them an apology for my past drunken crap.. It does take time and positive living for others to 'forget' that drunk guy that I was.
'Dumb' it down as much as you can....makes it WAYYYY easier!!