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Monday, March 12, 2012

Six Degrees of Separation

They say there are six.  Degrees of separation, that is.  Sometimes I don't think there are that many.  And other days, I think there are about a thousand.  Today, the degrees of separation were not even in existence. 

I was working a San Francisco to Seattle 9:20am departure.  I was at the L1 forward boarding door welcoming 124 lovely folks on board.  (And their numerous oversized bags as well....did I mention "numerous"?)  When what to my wondering eye should appear but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer.  No, wait, that's not right.  I'm thinking something else......  But what was coming through the door was a very nice gentleman smiling at me and pointing.  "Hey, I know you!"  He went on with "I was wondering if I was ever going to be on one of your flights......I read your blog!"  He was as excited as I was.  And I think we were both quite surprised.  Irony.  Out of the blue.  Complete happenstance. 

And the story is made even more random because neither of us live in the Bay Area nor in Seattle.  He lives way out in the Northeast United States.  Visiting family.  Working.  But, wow, what a morning.  I was able to feed and water Bill.  A Bailey's Irish Cream and a snack.  It's the least I could do.  Bill, I loved meeting you.  You made my day!


Writer said...

The world is honestly such a small place. :)

Rick said...

Oh! That's awesome. I've always wanted to bump into a fellow blogger. (Perhaps you one day too!)

Thanks for sharing!


Bill M said...

Lewis, I said I'd come out of the lurker's closet,
so here I am :-)

I was as surprised as you were, and just as delighted. I really just blurted out my greeting -- and was thinking later that, like some cinema spymaster, I should have surreptitiously handed you a folded-up note saying "I'm in 22F and I read your blog. If you get this and want to acknowledge, please have a Bailey's coffee delivered to my seat."

You were so kind -- not to mention calmly authoritative and faultlessly professional in the way you managed the entire cabin. Seriously.

Great start to the day! What a hoot!

Homer said...

My friend Patrick has been recognized several times by readers of my blo9g in distant cities.

Homer said...

My friend Patrick has been recognized several times by readers of my blo9g in distant cities.

Blobby said...

They say bc of Facebook we are really only 2.3 degrees separated.

RAD said...

I like... I bet one day to see you on a flight too! I just feel it in my bones...