Its a small world, part 3 (I think)

@ElicBxn (60884)
United States
February 24, 2010 9:30pm CST
Well, I was responding to another discussion and that made me think of something that happened when I helped the roomie move into the house. One of our (more hers than my) friend worked with a gal and said that she could use some extra money so maybe we could "hire" her (and maybe her son) to help us with the move. Sure! I mean, I'm in my mid-40's, the roomie, while strong is visually impaired and really doesn't see well during the day, so she either needs to be in the truck or in the house. I rented a U-Haul and the friend and the roomie made the arrangements for the gal to come help. Imagine my surprise (and even more the roomie's) when the gal and her son show up and I know them! As Maggiepie has said "I can't take you anywhere!" So, while we loaded the truck, we caught up on news. The gal had separated from her husband tho they shared custody and were still "friends." Then, back at my place, since she'd gone to church with me and Maggiepie, we talked more. When we told the friend that arranged it, she was also surprised. So, do you find yourself being introduced by 3rd parties to people you already know? Have I mentioned that Austin might just as well be a small town for me sometimes?
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
25 Feb 10
We have three massive school districts, one medium district and one small one. I have not subbed in the small one because they have subs just down the road from them and I've always lived in another town. But that gives me several thousand people that have met me from the first two times I subbed. I'm older now and storms/weather bother me. Besides, you usually get called by three districts on the same day and none on other days. So many people introduce me to people who know me. Also I'm related to 500 people, more or less, so they tend to know of me. I did square dancing for years, taught at a college, have had many temp jobs, I've been in different clubs, was part of a major religion of the area when I was growing up. I worked for a couple of public service agencies, too. I used to go to all the Craft Fairs and Farmer's Markets when I had money, too. Going somewhere and not meeting someone I know is a challenge. People often reintroduce me to people I already have met or worked with all the time. Due to the economics, many people are moving out and others are moving back that haven't been here in decades. People moving back in with relatives, so some I know and some I don't. Sounds like you guys had a good time with your old acquaintance/friend.
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
25 Feb 10
well, we had a time where I was feeding her horse (before the divorce) and stuff so we had times when we were friendlier and then things would come up and we wouldn't see each other for a long time (like I haven't seen her in years now - since she dropped off Bawb) http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1273251.aspx
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@BarBaraPrz (20079)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
25 Feb 10
The horse got divorced?
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
25 Feb 10
That was neat. I had that happen to me one time but it wasn't a good thing, lol. My ex had called to have a guy come by & talk to him about a little farm we had bought. When he came it was a guy i had dated.. wasn't a word said but the ex picked up on it, big fighr, he had no sense to start with .
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
25 Feb 10
That was pretty retarded of the ex, after all, you were with HIM not the other guy! He'd've been an ex really quick around me - gee, wonder why I'm not married....
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
25 Feb 10
Because u were to smart to fall for some man's b/s,wish i had been.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
26 Feb 10
Actually, you'd be hard press to beat my brother's BS, so I guess I was on to guys pretty quick!
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
25 Feb 10
cant say that that has ever happened to me and I moved alot but did it myself till the last move and the kids got some felers from work to help us Iam still throwing stuff away that didnt even need to come here and that was 9 years ago!
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
25 Feb 10
After I lived here about 10 years I found a box we had moved. I went thru it and said - well, haven't needed this in 10 years, don't need it now! I think I kept one thing out if it...
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
26 Feb 10
SOunds like the tote I went thru and its the one that the tv sets on in here
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@BarBaraPrz (20079)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
25 Feb 10
Reminds me of one time I was visiting my youngest sister and her family... we went to a flea market and then a grocery store on the way back and I swear we couldn't go 5 feet without stopping to talk to someone.
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@BarBaraPrz (20079)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
25 Feb 10
Of course!
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@bunnybon7 (36883)
• Holiday, Florida
26 Feb 10
i never have that happen any more. ive lived here a few years but dont get out much of that times since retired. but when i lived back "home" in portsmouth, ohio, it happened all the time. funny thing is most of the people i "ran" into were my cousins!!I have 159 first cousins and lots of 2nd, etc. there. not to mention people i went to school with or met at social outings. my first 42 yrs of my life was spent there
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
26 Feb 10
No that has never happened to me before I bet that a surprise lol But as you say it is a small world and you just never know what will happen and you will bump into
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
27 Feb 10
It was a surprise, but I guess I'm getting used to things like that - now, the roomie always is running into people that recognize HER - well, she doesn't see very far so she's pressed to recognize her own MOTHER if her mom didn't open her mouth!
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
26 Feb 10
It sure can be a small world! Things like that have not happened to me very much. My husband comes moved to Western Australia where we live now from the other side of the country, Victoria. Last school holidays we took our daughter to the roller skating rink and my husband said, “OMG! “ really loudly when we walked up to the reception desk in order to pay; the guy behind the counter was an old school friend of his from nearly 2000 miles away!
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
26 Feb 10
wow!! that is cool! at least I have the excuse that I've lived in town for over 50 years!
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
25 Feb 10
Hey Elic! It never ceases to amaze me how small the world can be! It just keeps getting smaller and smaller sometimes! I know that I will be out with one of my friends and run into another of my friends and find out that they know each other! I am always amazed how the connections are and how they know each other too! I shouldn't be by now! I live in a pretty big city too and there are some big cities surrounding that kind of overlap! So, at this point I am kind of getting used to everyone having some connection and knowing someone else that I know! It is kind of funny, isn't it?
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
26 Feb 10
the kicker is that I live in north Austin, but went to a church in south Austin - and she lived less than 2 miles from me in north Austin - AND the friend that suggested her, also lived north, less than a mile from us at the time - and she knew her from her job - also in south Austin
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
25 Feb 10
Almost never. I have in the back of my mind at least once that somebody I knew knew somebody else that I knew, but I don't remember who or what or when...
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
25 Feb 10
That actually used to happen a lot, those people that would ask me about the gal who looks like my sister and has the same name! Now that she lives in deep south Austin not so much!
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
25 Feb 10
It seems like I run into people who "know me" through one friend or another. Or they know me and I haven't got the foggiest of who they are. I think the funniest is a gal friend of mine decided to set me up with a date with a guy she knew. She made arrangements for us to meet each other through her at a local restaurant. I got there early and was having a great time chatting with my friend. I heard a male voice, looked up, and there was a guy that I had dated and dumped because he was the biggest dweeb I had ever met! Needless to say we didn't get together for a date and the friend that was setting up the meeting was astounded that I already knew the dweeb (it turned out that she was setting up a mercy date for the dweeb and figured that I could use a night out on the town. As I told her later not only was the guy a dweeb but a cheapskate! She agreed.).
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
25 Feb 10
now, I can't say I've ever been set up on a date only to know the guy, but that's because I don't have any friends who want to set me up! (I don't have a lot of friends)
@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
25 Feb 10
That doesn't happen to me much,I am kind of shy and don't talk much, but I have a friend that knows someone everywhere we go. She is very outgoing and talks to everyone! She calls people by their first names like she's known them forever, and sometimes I am not sure who she is talking about.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
25 Feb 10
Its hard to tell now, but I used to be very shy. Its just that I've lived in Austin since I was 2... Like the time Maggiepie and I went to the Christmas Village and ran into the gal who has the same first name as my sister and people were always asking if I had a sister by that name and I'd have to ask how they knew her - 9 times out of 10 it was this one. Well, I introduced them and after we went on our ways, Maggie said: "Your right, she does look more like you than your sister does!" And - understand, my sister and I look like sisters! After all, my 9th grade World Geography teacher stopped in his tracks after staring at me for half the class and asked if I had a sister who swam (and you must understand that at that point my sister was 4 years younger and 5 grades behind me) so she was in like - 4th grade!