I've been in CA a week now, and I've gotten out of the house enough to have some accidental sightings of people I know. Or knew. They're people from my past, people I haven't thought about in a long time, people with whom I'm not in touch, and I'd like to keep it that way, if only because that's how many relationships are-- you know each other, then you don't. (This is one reason Facebook is bad. Some people are better in memories.) But I still recognized them. I didn't talk to any of them. Here they are:
Jeff N, from VP. On the strand/bike path near 1st street. I was rollerblading, he was running/jogging. I doubt he recognized me, and I'm not 100% sure it was him. But it probably was.
Eileen(?) E, Danny's mom from VP. At the hometown fair. She looked exactly the same as she did when we were 10: bright red hair (clearly dyed) and rounded shoulders. I think she was even wearing a tie-dyed shirt.
Mrs. F, from middle school (math and science teacher). Walking on the strand. She looked at me with a kind of squinty glare, which I interpreted as, "Do I know you?" Then her mouth twitched, like a tentative smile, so I smiled back, and then (this is how I know it was her) it turned into a scowl/smile. So Mrs. F! Mr. F wasn't with her; I wonder if there is any significance to that. Probably not. A quick Google search says he's teaching a fitness course at the high school.