This was a pretty good story that ran last week...Sharing it with my massive blog audience is the least I can do, eh? Pretty much the best story ever, if i do say so myself.
October 29, 2006
Strangers sometimes shockingly familiar
BY CHRISTINE LAUE
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
Whether in Omaha, Mexico or Walt Disney World, it's a small world.
Readers shared their small-world tales after our Tuesday story explaining the six degrees of separation theory - that we're all linked by no more than six other people.
Read on to see how things like Disney World name tags and the Homy Inn, an Omaha bar, played a key role in linking people.
I thought I would tell you a little story of how I have bumped into people while traveling.
About a year ago I took a seven-month trip to Central America, South America and Antarctica. On each continent, I ran into someone that I knew, or knew someone that I knew.
For example, I was walking on the streets of Cuernavaca, Mexico, when a car passed me, it stopped and backed up. I thought that was pretty strange . . . When the driver said, "Hey, are you from Omaha?" I did a double take and realized it was a friend of a friend of mine who now lives in Cuernavaca. Pretty strange, eh?
A couple months after that, I was in a bar in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, with a group of international travelers when the performer at the bar asked us where we were from.
I mentioned the U.S., and she said she knew one American, from Nebraska. I told her I was from Nebraska. She said she knew someone from Omaha. I said I was from O-town.
She mentioned the guy's name and I was like "Holy Smokers! I know Tim, too!" She happened to be my friend's roommate when they were both living in Spain about five years ago.
A girl I chatted up during a Zodiac (boat) ride began talking about Omaha and how she was dating a guy from there. She mentioned his name was Todd and how he always went to a bar with champagne on tap and went to school in Omaha with the funny district name.
"Oh, District 66," I said.
She was dating a guy that I had been an outdoor education counselor with back at Westside High School.
James Peters, Omaha
Now, if the OWH could just have a decent travel section. When I say decent, I mean I would like to see story contributions from local travelers.