I ran into an old friend yesterday, as PP would put it he was a random, but a semi-regular random, someone I've known for many years. I used to run into him every so often. Anyway, after I started dating my present boy, the one I live with, he called me up one night, and announced that he had broken up with his girlfriend and did I want to come over and keep him company. I said no, I'd just started dating this boy, and I didn't think the boy would like it too much. Anyway, months passed, and I saw the guy again. He said, "so are you still dating that guy?" (and he remembered his name, he didn't remember the names of any of my other friends, people he knew quite well, so I really noticed that he remembered my boy's name) I said, "yeah, I am." He said, "It must be 7 months you guys have been together now." I was pretty surprised that he remembered.
The next time I saw him was another few months later. He said, "so are you still dating that guy?" (again remembering the name) I said, "yeah, I am." He said, "It must be 18 months you guys have been together now." Really weird.
So yesterday, I go to the flower shop with TT, and we leave he heads for the subway, I head for my other friend's apartment across the street. As I'm waiting for her to let me in I realize that I've got two umbrellas in my hand. That TT has left without his. So I run back to the corner and into this guy. He says, "Hi." I say, "Just a sec!" and yell down the street to TT. He comes back and gets the umbrella. And the guy and I start talking. "What have you been up to?" "Funny running into you here." "Do you live in this neighbourhood now?" Then he says, "So are you still dating that guy?" I say, "Yes, we live together now." He says, "It's been like 3 years hasn't it?" I have to think for a minute how long it's been, sure enough, it's a bit more than 3 years.
We agree to stay in touch. I turn back and my friend is waiting at her front door for me. It's no big thing, I ran into this guy, we live near each other, I would have run into him eventually. But, if it hadn't been rainy, if TT hadn't forgotten his umbrella, if we'd walked slower, faster, we wouldn't have run into each other. Makes you think of the randomness of it all. All I can say, is that it's lucky that I was looking alright, if I'd been in my track pants with greasy hair, this post would be a totally different one.