Animal of Bitch and Animal
So, this is another story of people who do it right. When I was like 18, I loved (and still like) a two-woman band called Bitch and Animal.
I had all their music and listened to them all the time (which probably drove my parents crazy). They played shows in my city a few times and of course, like any rabid fan, I went. The shows were usually in a tiny club or whatever. One thing you should know is I'm not shy so when the show was over, I literally knocked over chairs to go meet them with my aide cracking up following me. When I got Animal's attention (and when my aide caught up with me) my aide said "This is Eva and she really wants to meet you." Now in retrospect, I had no idea how Animal would react (would she baby talk me, get freaked out, or what?). I was so excited to meet her that this was the last thing on my mind when I plowed my way over. But she excitedly said "Hey Eva, nice to meet you. Did you like the show?," and WAITED for me to nod or shake my head. We chatted for a few minutes, each time she phrased the question in a 'yes' or 'no' style. My aide just stood there because she was not needed. There was no need for my aide to even explain me not talking.
You might be thinking "So what?" But for me this was a really big deal to meet someone (let alone someone I was a big fan of) that was so comfortable and casual right off the bat. 99% of the people I meet for the first time have at least some hesitation with me and my aides have to explain why I don't talk back etc. Explaining is obviously not a big deal but its sooooo nice to meet that 1% that just get it! Its like you have to tell your whole life story to everyone you meet in one sentence. Let me be clear; I don't expect anyone to "just know". Asking is always good. Its just really cool when someone doesn't have to ask.
Animal and I are still friends and I'm sure it was partly because of this encounter.