Have you ever bumped into someone you knew, far from home?
The first time I remember this happening to me I was only about 9 years old. My family made the trip from New Jersey to Washington DC, a distance of about 250 miles. We were visiting one of the attractions, waiting on a long line to get in, when who did we see but our neighbours and good friends from home! We had no idea that they also were visiting DC at that time! It was a fun, surprise reunion, one that we talked about for many years later.
When I was older I was hitch hiking home from school in-between semesters. I was going from Boulder, Colorado, to N.J.–a distance of about 1800 miles. Chatting with the person who picked me up near Boulder, I answered the usual questions, “Where are you from? Where are you going?”, etc. As it happened, he knew someone from home. “Oh, I know someone from your home town”, he told me. “His name is Bob”. It turned out to be the same Bob who I had gone out with. So I got news about my ex 1800 miles from home, from a random stranger who picked me up while I was hitch hiking. What are the chances of that happening?