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I have topped my greatest small world story ever. The previous lead… 
7th-May-2009 06:55 pm
crazy man
I have topped my greatest small world story ever. The previous lead was when one of jeni's good friends turned out to be a guy who I worked with over 10 years ago one summer at a teaching camp thing.

So, this school year, I've been doing this faculty in training thing to learn how to be a better faculty person at one of the local community colleges. This afternoon, our boss had us over to his house for a little end of semester party thing. Some of us were outside on the patio, and the boyfriend of one of my coworkers came out to have a cigarette. We got to talking about smoking, as conversational drift happens at parties, and I mentioned that I went to one of the last high schools in the state to allow smoking on school grounds (I was actually thinking of my old high school, but...)

"Oh?" Boyfriend says. "Me too."
"Where'd you go to high school?" I asked idly.
I commenced mildly gaping, because that's pretty random, though not totally random, running into someone that went to NCSSM. "When did you graduate?"
"1997" he says.
"Weird. I graduated in 1995."
"Wow, we just missed each other... my sister was 96, I wonder if you knew her?"
"Who was she?" I figured I wouldn't. It was a small school, but not that small.

That is when my jaw hit the deck. Greensboro is too damn small a city, some days. :)
7th-May-2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
That one's good, but mine still wins :)
7th-May-2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
heh. too funny.

so what do you think of kathy?
7th-May-2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love Kathy. She's one of my favorites among my coworkers. Sweet, sweet girl, good teacher. Have you met her?
7th-May-2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
Many times. She and Peter have been together for like 5 years now, at varying degrees of seriousness.
7th-May-2009 11:51 pm (UTC)
I liked him too. He was asking people a lot of good questions, was good at drawing people out about themselves.

I'm still gaping at the randomness of it, tho. :)
7th-May-2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
Sort of like how I re-met lariss. Weird stuff happens.
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8th-May-2009 06:25 am (UTC)
Yup. We went to middle school together, if you can believe it. Were best friends for a year. Hadn't had contact with her since like 1991, then re-met in Raleigh (where neither of us live) through a mutual friend a couple years ago. And she's married to a former co-worker of my brother's (same brother referenced in joyce's post).
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8th-May-2009 07:43 am (UTC)
7th-May-2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
I have no idea how long they've been dating. I assume you've met her, but.
8th-May-2009 02:04 am (UTC)
I have a fun small-world story. I was brutally teased as a kid by most of the other kids--mostly the girls in middle school (but the boys were pretty cruel, too.) I was very nerdy, awkward, and socially inept. My husband came home from work one day when we were engaged and said "there's a new girl at work who went to FCHS in '85. Do you know her? Her name is XXX". (We live in a totally different part of the state than I grew up in, so small world.) I said "yeah, she used to tease me a lot. She and her best friend called me [name], [name], and [name] (protecting myself from further humiliation! :P )

He went back and teased her about that, and she said "yeah, I was pretty cruel back then." They got to be friends, and he ended up inviting her and her boyfriend to our wedding.

She saw me, 12 years older, with pretty wedding dress, and pretty wedding hair and make-up looking very happy and not at all nerdy and her jaw dropped, and her eyes were as big as platters. She had a "ZOMG Who is That?!" look on her face. Sweet moments in life. ;.)
8th-May-2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
Hmm...my brother was c/o '97; wonder if they were acquainted.

I think my best was finding out that a man at the church I used to go to here in SD[1] was the bother of my grandparents' next-door neighbor in Alabama when my mom and her siblings were growing up...and I had met his sister, because she and her husband later bought a motel in Cherokee while we were living in NC.

[1] I switched to a different congregation after moving across the county, thus the past tense.
9th-May-2009 01:03 am (UTC)
I know your brother, vaguely at least, so I assume my brother does as well.
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