It’s a small, small world...

@paula27661 (15900)
Australia
May 19, 2010 11:27pm CST
I was listening to my favourite breakfast radio show last week and they were discussing dating agencies. A lady called up; she was divorced and decided to join one of these agencies. She didn’t hear from them for about nine months after she put her name down until they called with the details of a man they thought would be a perfect match for her. As they gave her the information she became rather uncomfortable and stopped the woman who was talking to her mid sentence and asked, “Is this man’s name Pierre?” The woman promptly replied. “Yes, don’t tell me you know him!”Do I ever!” retorted the client, “He’s my ex-husband!” You wouldn’t read about it, would you? She refused the date because, as she put it, “Been there, done that, I still have the scars…” How is that for a coincidence? A friend of mine was matched up with another friend of mine who did not get along with her at all so you can imagine her shock to arrive at the meeting point and see the one guy she knows well and does not like? It is a small word isn’t it? Do you have any ‘small world’ stories? Do tell...
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@kedralynn (992)
• United States
20 May 10
Yeah there's a girl I can't stand who keeps popping up. First my little sister dated this girl's ex. I run into this girl at the mall, she's working in a store I rarely go to. Then I wind up working at a call center and she's working there too! She's decided she hates me and from then on pretty much everyone I ran into knew her and heard bad stuff about me. And now a girl who dated my boyfriend's brother is also friends with this girl! She's currently trying to screw up my relationship. I need out of this town and away from all ties to her!
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
20 May 10
Hi annoying...She seems to pop up everywhere! I don't blame you for wanting to get the heck away from her if you don't like her and yet you see her all the time...You shouldn't have to be the one to leave though if she's the one causing trouble but who said life was fair? I hope you see the back of her soon! Thanks for responding kedralynn, I hope she's not on MyLot too...Ahhh!!!!
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• United States
20 May 10
Haha oh man I hope she doesn't show up on MyLot. It's my place and she can't have it! I keep hoping she'll move away but she seems to think everyone here loves her and she's so happy here. I don't really like the town anyway so I don't mind moving if it means saying BYE BYE to her for good!
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
20 May 10
Hope you lose her soon!
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@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
20 May 10
What a coincidence! That is hilarious. I had a small world moment last week while chatting on Facebook to someone that we deal with business wise who is in the USA. She may work in the USA, but I found out that she is actually an Aussie. Not only that, but she comes from the same area south of Melbourne that I do. We grew up and our family still live only 15 minutes away from each other. Also when I was working in the USA at a ski resort in 1998, I hopped on a chairlift next to two guys who were talking and instantly picked their accents as being Aussie. I asked them where they were from and they answered "Australia." I said, "yeah, I know that, I am too, what part?" They told me Melbourne and I said "me too, what part?" It turned out that they lived ten minutes from where I grew up. The world certainly is small!
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
20 May 10
I know! It never ceases to amaze me! I have to wonder too why it is that we see the same people around on a regular basis but we don't know them. There is a young woman who I have seen not only around my area but in the city as well several times and I wonder if there is a reason for it, maybe I'm meant to talk to her...Who knows...Life can be strange at times. Thanks for dropping in RawBill!
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@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
21 May 10
Wow, that is a bit weird. Perhaps there is some higher force that wants you to speak to her. I always see the same cars on the road when I am driving around. There are a few that stand out to me and I tend to see them nearly every day. We must keep the same predictable routines! Another funny thing that has happened to me lately is that I keep bumping into one of my friends at Bunnings! We email regularly and our daughters are best friends, so it is not like some force is trying to get us to contact each other. It is just funny as we never bump into each other anywhere else!
@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
21 May 10
It's easy to see what you two have in common! My husband loves Bunnings...It's one of those places boys like to go to I guess....
@dawnald (84126)
• Shingle Springs, California
20 May 10
Nothing like that. I did run into a customer at the San Diego Wild Animal Park and a co-worker in Las Vegas...
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
20 May 10
Well that is a perfect example of it being a small world indeed! A friend of my sister ran into one of her neighbours while holidaying in Bali but then again every second tourist over there is an Aussie! Thanks Dawn!I want to travel somewhere now...
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@dawnald (84126)
• Shingle Springs, California
20 May 10
California is nice...
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@kourdapya (926)
• Philippines
21 May 10
I can relate to this because just recently I saw my dermatologist at the bank. I have been avoiding her because I was not able to come back on my schedule appointment a month ago because I was planning to change to a new dermatologist. Its a really small world. I wish she did not see me. I cant imagine of all the places, we would still be crossing our paths.
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
21 May 10
That is the worse coincidence; when you're trying to avoid someone and you spot them and all you can do is pray that he or she has not seen you! These things almost always happen when you least expect and in the most unlikely places. Thanks for sharing kourdapya!
@savypat (20248)
• United States
20 May 10
The close experiences to this that I have is to begin thinking about someone I haven thought or or seen in years and suddenly receive a contact from them. Hubby is much more prone to meet people in different circumstances that he knew before. He does genealogy for several families and will stumble on an old girl friend or lost cousin often.
@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
21 May 10
I always think it is amazing when things like that happen. I would imagine doing genealogy would be so interesting and it would be fascinating to come across someone you actually know...Thanks Pat!
• China
20 May 10
Yes,things happened like that make us think that this world is rather small,After my graduation from university,I went to south China to work,it's about 2000 thousand kilometers from my hometown,I met my girl friend in my company,she happened to be my townmates,2 years later,I broke up with my girl firend,and I think the life in that city is meaningless to me,then I went to another city nearby,and after about half an year,my mother was sick,so I decided to work in my hometown,I picked up a job very soon,the first day I went to the company,who do you think I met,it's my ex-girl .
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
21 May 10
That is uncanny isn't it? My theory is that you were meant to meet again for some mysterious reason...It is one heck of a coincidence considering you moved away! Thanks for sharing your story webb_jiang,I appreciate it!
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
20 May 10
That is incredible! I don't imagine many stories will match that. Thanks for sharing, Paula. Actually, it's frightening!
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
20 May 10
That's what I thought when I heard the woman tell the story! It is a bit more difficult to be enthusiastic about the future when you're told your ex is the best match for you (LOL)! Yep...It's a tad scary! Thanks mike!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
20 May 10
OMGOSH, I have never signed up to one of those sites. I have always been leary of them & too old to start something like that now anyway, just not interested but that would be just about my luck anway, lol.I'm glad the lady found out is was her ex before she went. Can't think of any stories off hand. Have a happy thurs.
@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
20 May 10
Thanks ANTIQUELADY! I've never joined a dating agency before either and I must say I am not too keen on them but there are people out there who have found their perfect partners there so if it's meant to be, it will be I guess.. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it!
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@ellie333 (21029)
20 May 10
Hi Paula, Well to have been married to him before they must have had a lot in common so the dating agency was matching people well, bit too well though eh! lol. I am sure I do have some small world stories but at this moment in time can't think of any. If any come to mind will add later :) Huggles. Ellie :D
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
20 May 10
Hi ellie, thanks for responding. The woman on the radio waited so long only to be matched up to her ex, that is unfortunate! I suppose they were a perfect match...Once...But not anymore clearly!
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@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
20 May 10
I suggest that these matching agencies should look overseas. LOL. But even then, coincidences could still happen but just slim. It is amazing to hear of such agencies because we do not have such in our country. We have agencies for those wanting to have security guards, househelp, etc. but for those wanting to have dates, no.
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
20 May 10
It's interesting to know you don't have dating agencies in your country. I am not a fan of them but I've never joined one and there are people who are in very happy relationships because of them. I have the belief in destiny; if you are meant to meet someone you will...Such coincidences are very and far between; the woman said she waited nine months only to get matched up to her ex husband, that is unfortunate! Thanks Cutie18f!
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• Indonesia
20 May 10
yeah, i agree with you. This world is very small. My sister have a friend and his friend have a boyfriend. Her boyfriend have a very big house and there are many room for rent in his house. I have a friend, and i went to his room that he rent from someone. I tell it too my sister that i have seen a big house with many room in there and i show her some pic of it. Then she surprise, she tell that she know whose have that house. Beside that i know that people who has that house know my high school friend. Actually i stay in different town, and it happen in my new town.
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
20 May 10
Wow, that's a few coincidences all intertwined! It's so strange when things like that happen. I know someone who had a visitor once who claimed they had been in her house before she lived there and it turned out they knew the previous owner! It's all to amazing sometimes! Thanks for responding 7thheaven!
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@kalav56 (11503)
• India
20 May 10
It is indeed a strange coincidence. It would have been a fairytale ending if only she decided to take up a second chance and got united with the ex as in Millsa and Boon stories.Sorry for the "diehard" romantic streak in me Paula.But this was the first thought thta flitted across as I was just reading through the first part.As for me mmmmhm I have no such stories though I have had other "small world" feeling at some other instance.
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
20 May 10
It does happen sometimes and to me it feels as though there are 'mysterious forces' at work or something...The lady on the radio was very adamant she would not date her ex husband again. I can relate to that feeling (LOL) Once bitten twice shy as they say...Thanks kalav!
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@spalladino (17927)
• United States
20 May 10
When my husband and I were vacationing in Nashville we struck up a conversation with a couple who were staying at the same hotel we were staying in. As it turned out the wife went to the same high school that I did but graduated two years behind me. She didn't know me back then but she knew my brother.
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
20 May 10
It's a spin out isn't it? It's like...What are the chances? I often wonder if there is a reason for meetings like that; there must be...Thanks for sharing spalladino, I appreciate the response!
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@Hatley (157377)
• Garden Grove, California
20 May 10
hi paula oh yes a long time back when I was in my early twenties I let my friend talk me into a date with this guy but when I met him he was at least twenty years older than I .He was a nice enough man but he was clearly not comfortable with me or I with him for that matter. so I told my friend Doris not to set me up with any more blind dates. then a month later I was invited to her shower and when I asked who her fiance was it was the same guy she had set me up with for a blind date. Ihad to laugh but had to be very careful as she really loved this older man, but too she was about ten years my senior so they did have some things more in common.
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
20 May 10
That's funny; she tried to set you up with a man she obviously thought a lot of. Lucky you didn't hit it off because she may have secretly fancied him...I bet you were surprised when she told you about him at her shower! Did he remember you? Great story, thanks for sharing it Hatley, great to hear from you!
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• Philippines
20 May 10
After highschool, i was talking to a friend about pursuing engineering in college in Manila. He told me he'd be taking the same. Come enrollment, i was in line for payment when someone was calling my name at the back. I turned around and it was him. Same place, same school. It's a small world after all. Lol.
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
20 May 10
Isn't it? You probably could not have arranged the meeting any more efficiently if you tried! Fancy your friend showing up at the same time as well! I love it when things like that happen, it gives me assurance that there is something more running the Universe...Thanks for sharing your story frontvisions101!
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• Philippines
20 May 10
Indeed the world is so small sometimes. Way back in college, I was around 18 years old. I had a group of friends and we used to go home on the same bus together. It was fun. And of course in any co-ed groups, I had a huge crush on one of the popular guy in the group. So I was really thinking I had no chance in getting him to pay attention to me. Because all the girls were interested in him. But aside from being so tall and so handsome, he was also very nice to me. One time, he even offered his shoulder so I could sleep well during that long way back home. Which of course, it was my most memorable time with him. Of course, I thought, yeah, he only think of me as little sister. But anyway, he was my crush...LOL..And then, he didn't showed up almost for three to four months. I don't know what got him busy. And I sort of ended up with the leader of our group. No one would have expected us to be boyfriend and girlfriend. Me too!..LOL..And then my crush came back. He had huge smile on his face when he saw me. But it disappeared when he saw I was shortly followed by my boyfriend. I almost felt like he got caught off so surprised and some pain and disappointment. Or I imagined it all, I was thinking. To cut the story short...LOL...at the age of 27, seperated, with two children, I took up a second degree, Bachelor of science in Pharmacy. And you have to undergo hours of internship or field duty. So I decided to have my community internship at a local store not far from my home. That was a bit strange at first because the licensed pharmacist there, who was going to give me my training was younger than me. She is around 23 years old. So it was awkward at first, but we ended up in very light and casual training. And after almost a month of my training, one week before it will end. Guess what, I learned that she went at the same high school as I did. Her uncle was my batch mate. So she brought some picture to show me her uncle. I recognized him, but to my surprise, I also recognized the guy standing in the background. My crush! It came to be, he was the older brother of her uncle that was my batch mate. And he also went at my same high school, but graduated before I got transfered there. And that my crush, was also studying now, taking up a second degree at a near college just right next to the store we were in. She called him, we talked on the phone. And he remembers everything about me. He dropped by the store the following day. Wow! I have never thought how seeing your ultimate crush would feel like when you are all grown up and everything. Well, we got to catch up. And eventually, he became my boyfriend. But we're not together now. But yes, what a small small world sometimes....(^^,)
@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
21 May 10
I love your story Aphroditei and that's the kind of thing I'm talking about! It sounds like he really fancied you when you were 18 and for some reason did not express his feelings and probably regretted it until he got to meet you again and get his chance to be with you. It was just meant to be. If something is destined I believe it will happen sometimes in the most unexpected way! Thanks so much for sharing your great story, you've made my discussion more interesting, that's for sure!
• Philippines
21 May 10
I can tell this story over and over again Paula..LOL..And the employees at the store noticed how light headed I was after he left to visit me at the store. More like floating on an invisible cloud...LOL...And it's not fun to be tease and grinned on when you are 27 years old because of your college crush. He told me by the way, that during the three to four months that he was absent from our group. He was working and studying at the same time. My, I didn't know him to be that studious and industrious. I really liked him a lot I can tell you..And now, his niece, the pharmacist I trained with. We are sort of related now, because we are both godmother of my friend's son. I am always happy to share this story. If you could see me smiling all by myself while typing this...LOL...I have to come back to planet earth...(^^,)
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
22 May 10
Some memories have that effect. They can make you smile for a long time. I enjoyed your story too, quite amazing really, talk about destiny!
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@elitess (5077)
• Ipswich, England
29 Nov 10
Hello Paula. I liked the story about the agency finding her ex husband, it was quite funny in a way. Well i have a couple of small world stories but nothing romantic: for example the girlfriend of my ex high school desk mate was in the same class with one of my best friends from college.
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
30 Nov 10
It is uncanny sometimes. I think that there is a reason for these occurrences. I guess it is a small world when you think about it. My husband ran into a guy from his home town on the other side of the country when we took our daughter to a roller skating ring; the guy was working there...
@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
29 May 10
Hi Paula I have to say that is amazing lol I do not have any Stories on a Small World no but I have been told many and I have to say sometimes it is amazing
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
30 May 10
It is amazing and I have to wonder if other forces are at work sometimes! The way some incidents work out is so bizarre...Like getting matched up with your ex husband! Thanks for dropping in Gabs!
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
20 May 10
LOL..it is a small world. I moved here after being estranged from my family for years. Come to find out, my grandmother's sister lived only a couple of blocks from my house. My grandmother saw my name in the phonebook and contacted me. I found out that her side of the family(my mother's side)was from this end of TN. I had no idea when I came.
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
21 May 10
How interesting is that! You probably thought you were far away from any relations when you first moved! I hope it was a blessing for you to find family close by! Thanks for your great response Jen, it is a small world alright!
@AmbiePam (45691)
• United States
20 May 10
She could do a commercial for a dating agency that is the rival to the one that tried to match her up with her ex-husband.
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