"Where did you say you were from?"
"Washington State, on the Olympic Peninsula. I live in a small town called Sequim."
"Oh, like swimming?"
"Not quite. Sequim."
"Isn't that a type of seafood you eat?"
I politely laugh. What else can I do? I've realized there is no hope to redeem this odd social interaction, and concede to what they perceive is humorous.
But it's still pronounced Sequim. And it is a real place, not a verb or a food item.