It's a small world
November 13, 2006 9:06pm CST
I know for a fact that it is a small world out there. I have had several experiences in Mexico, Spain, Asia and Portugal. The last perhaps is the funniest. I was playing blackjack at the casino in Estoril one evening when I started talking to the player next to me who was an American. He said he was from Massachussets and I said I was from Maine. He told me his girlfriend, who was playing roulette, was also from Maine. When she joined us I asked her the name of the town where she lived....my memory is lacking and I can't remember the name but that's irrevalent. I said that I was from Oakland. She said that's a coincidence....my father's girlfriend lives in Oakland. I went to visit her. She couldn't remember the name. I asked her if it was Helen Hickson and she said "Why, yes. Do you know her? I said she's my mother. Another time at the same casino I met a couple who lived in the town next to my home town just down the road from the street where I lived. I didn't know them but I had driven past their home of many occasions....as had they my home. So you see it is a small world. Have any of you had any experience of this nature?
• United States
8 Feb 07
Yes it is a small world. Today, I was looking at the fellow girls on match.com and saw my good friend from Nevada so I gave her a wink LOL... seriously though I've been to Nevada and I see people there that I went to school with in the Philippines. It seems like everyone seems so familiar as well.
8 Feb 07
I know what you mean. I have had quite a few. Another one was when I was in Saigon and one of the secretaries in my section was from Maine in a town that used to belong to my (and her husband's) family in the 1700's. She had married a distant cousin of mine. I used to call her "mother of my cousins"...she got a kick out of that. Thanks for dropping by.
17 Dec 06
It certainly is a small world gifana, and during our travels we have met people in the most unexpected places. Once when travelling in the outback we stopped to assist an elderly couple whose car had broken down. When talking it turned out they were returning from visiting daughter and s-i-l. We had never met these people before, but knew daughter and s-i-l and were on our way to visit them. LOL Just a few months ago we were spending a few days in a caravan park while doing some fishing. Sitting in the camp kitchen one night, a group of us were talking. We mentioned we were going to where my husband had grown up after we left the caravan park. Turns out that one couple lived in a town only 7kms from there and they knew so many people that my husband grew up with. Another couple knew my m-i-l from Church. We didn't know either couple. The funniest thing was when our son turned 18, which is the legal age for drinking etc here in Australia. As a youngster we had always told him to be careful what he did, not to lie to us about anything he did wrong, because either way we would always hear about it from somebody else within 72 hours of his "indiscretion". The day before he turned 18, the Year 12 school results were released - year 12 being the last year at Secondary School before going onto Univerity or whatever. All the Year 12 students from the district met at a couple of the hotels in the town to celebrate, or commiserate as the case may be. We took our son there, and picked him up after because we wanted him home on the morning of his birthday. He said he had a good night, they had been to a couple of hotels etc. End of story as he told it. The following day I was in town shopping when I ran into someone I knew who mentioned our son. She said "gee, he has certainly grown hasn't he?" I agreed with her and then ask about her family and job etc, and she tells me that she was working the night before and had seen our son at the Club. "Oh", says me, "did you check his ID". No they hadn't because they knew him etc. However to go into a licenced Club he should have been 18, which he wasn't the night before. Talked to son again when I got home about where he went the previous night but he didn't tell me about the Club. I then asked him directly, and to his credit he admitted that he had been there. I told him that in future to tell us the truth at the beginning because as we had always told him, someone would tell us within 72 hours and in fact we learnt of it within 12 hours. LOL
22 Dec 06
Sorry I didn't get back sooner but have been without computer for a week. Those are really great stories especially the last one. The other stories are great and shows just how "small" Australia is especially since a large majority of the land is hardly inhabited. Thanks for dropping by...it's always nice to see you. A very Merry Christmas to you and yours.
• United States
23 Nov 06
When my husband and I used to go out to eat on the weekends, we usually went to a restaurant owned by a friend of his. We always felt welcome there, they served great food, and we had our own special waitress that always waited on us. That was from 1976-1988 when the restaurant was sold. In 1990, we were having a new house built and were getting to know our new neighbors when we'd check to see how the construction was progressing. One evening the lady next door said her Mom and Dad were on their way over, so we could meet them also. It turns out her Mom was "our special waitress". We live in a big city (over 1 million), and we never really expected to see our waitress again as often as we have over the past 16 years. Small world, indeed.
• United States
12 Mar 07
Absolutely as surprised as we were. It turns out there are even more connections between us. The couple next door were married by my sister's next door neighbor, so we even had friends in common. Ya just never know. Thanks for the Best Response.
14 Mar 07
Wow. Yes it is sometimes scary how things just "seem" to happen. Makes me sometimes feel that there is a destiny software program in all of us and that sooner or later wierd things will happen when least expected. Again you are most welcome for BR.
• United States
22 Nov 06
Having not traveled any further than Niagara Falls, I can't say this has ever happened to me. I did go to to Goose Rocks Beach in Maine and thought how wonderful it was on this beach. There was nobody around that I knew or that knew me. Five minutes later I heard someone speak my name. It was someone from the town I lived in. No matter where you go, there you are!
22 Nov 06
Far out. That has happened to me a couple of times too. I am originally from Maine and I have never heart of Goose Rocks Beach. Where is it located....or are you gonna make me look it up on the map. Photo is of the village where I was born.