When I was in Pensacola, FL, while attending one of the many schools the Navy sends you to after boot camp, I met a guy from Sauk Rapids, MN, with whom I shared a recruiter.
A dozen years ago I was stationed in Homestead, Florida, and - while on a smoke break - had a conversation with a NY acquaintance. The guy from NY had previously been stationed in Panama, and was good friends with a guy “…from one of those M states. Michigan, Missouri, Montana. Which one are you from?”
“Ya know, I think that’s where he’s from. C’mon, let’s go talk.”
Turns out the guy from the M state was, indeed, from Minnesota, and the nephew of my family’s long-time insurance agent.
A while back a new person started frequenting Straightdope chat. We gpt to know each other a bit, and it turned out he graduated from college with the son of my high school trig teacher.
Early this morning I was talking with a fellow board member, and he mentioned he was looking forward to meeting with a chick from MN. I asked him where she was from. Turns out she is from my home town and likely either graduated with my little brother or the year after.
I don’t even live in a city, let alone a town. I don’t really know a lot of people. But I have, over the years, had four (at a minimum - may have had more but don’t remember) odd connections. Anyone else have such things happen?