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    Senior Member DawnMarie's Avatar
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    Here's an interesting fact. My husband, my ex-boyfriend's mother, and I all worked at the same University Dining Center. My husband's father was in the Army, so my husband was born in South Korea. My ex-boyfriend's mother was in the Army stationed in South Korea at that time as well. She always joked that she was the first one to change my husband's diaper. After my father-in-law died, we found my husband's "Receipt of Delivery" in the safe. Sure enough, my ex-boyfriend's mother delivered my husband in South Korea, only to work with us both at a Dining Center in Iowa.

    Has anyone else ever had this type of coincidence in their life?

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    The day I found out I was pregant with my DD, the Dr was late for my appt. because he was delivering my future SIL.

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    It didn't happen to me, but to my brother-in-law. My family lives in central Texas, but my brother-in-law likes to hunt in Colorado. He was hunting there one time, climbing up and down the mountains so he decided to rest for a bit on a big rock. Soon another hunter came by and decided to rest there as well. They got to talking and found out they were each from Texas. After more questioning, it was discovered that the second man was the neighbor of my aunt and uncle who live in south Texas. We have visited there often and the man's children used to cover over to my uncle's house to play with us when we were kids.

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    My DH and I grew up 5 miles from each other our entire lives and never met until Jan 2005.

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    My sister and I were on a European tour in 1995 and were in Barcelona or Madrid (I don't remember which city) and decided we would just break down and go to Burger King. Guess we both were hankering for a burger. As we were chatting in the elevator about finding the place, a nice looking man said he was going there and we could join him. We exchanged all the pleasantries and discovered that he and I were originally from the same county in Mississippi. We started asking about certain people and he knew them all, like my aunt and uncle. He even had an adolescent crush on my cousin.

    Weird, being on the other side of the world and meeting someone in a elevator who knew my family, and knew them well. I had to call my aunt that night and sure enough, she remembered him.

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    My husband likes to fish and has a bass boat. He likes me to bring the trailer around for him to load the boat. I hate it. Long bed pick-up with a double cab and standard shift. BACKING down the boat ramp into the water to load the boat. I cried every time I had to do it until I found THE METHOD. I look around for a middle-aged male and ask, "Please, Sir, will you save my marriage?" Then ask the guy to back that stupid truck down the ramp. I've never been turned down. Anyway - one time at Table Rock Lake in Missouri I used THE METHOD. They guy I asked ended up in the water helping my husband load that boat. Once they looked at each other they realized they had gone to school together - in tiny Cordell, OK. Knew each other quite well, but had lost touch. So the guy living in S. Texas met the guy he'd known in OK in Missouri at the bottom of a boat ramp.

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    My randomly assigned Ohio State roommate's aunt (whom they frequently visited) worked in the next town over from I lived.

    AND--

    I worked in a small store over the summers.
    A group of guys camped at a family cabin and spent a whole week every summer there. When I went to class that fall at Ohio State (2 hours away and at the time had 55,000 students)I sat beside one of those guys in a class.

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    What wonderful stories!
    I've had many experiences like this; do you think I can remember any details now that you've asked?! :oops:

    Jan in VA

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    that is so great and so glad to hear about the method i need that

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    On this board I found a woman who has a vineyard. I pm'd her to see if she knew my cousins family who worked in a vineyard. She did. What a small world, thousands of miles away from here.

    The day we adopted our daughter we were reading the bios of her bio family. My DH and I kept reading and looking at each other, to our amazement their background was 99"% the same as ours. from employment, nationalities, # and sex of siblings, through 3 generations.

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    The world is a very small place! I don't personally have anything more than working at a sales counter in VA and the customer talking about a shop in NYC, and after 20 questions, it turns out it's Mandolin Bros, a shop down the street from where I used to live...but, don't take my aunt ANYWHERE!
    If you introduce yourself with a name as common as SMITH, she will find out that you are third cousins of a neighbor her mother went to school with!!! :mrgreen:

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    When we adopted our daughter (28 years ago) found that her grandfather and my uncle went to the same high school at the same time. Many miles removed from where either of us lived at the time.

    A friend found that she and her husband were in the newborn nursery at the same hospital at the same time - they share a birthday. Neither family knew the other and they didn't reconnect for almost 40 years at a wedding of a mutual friend.

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    I have a few.......I was from Long Island and shopped for fabric in a little store Jays Cotton Shop. There was a salesgirl that I would talk to ALL the time. I moved to Ohio. Over a year ago I joined the board. A few months later there was a new member it is Lynnie. Lynnie was the salesgirl that I would always talk to in the fabric store.

    Another........I belong to a historical sewing forum. 3 years ago there was a young woman how said she had so much sewing today before her 1st baby arrived and she didn't know how she was going to get it all done. I had my 1st and last name as my user name. Anyway she lived in Cincinnati so I sent her a PM if she needed sewing help and didn't mind bringing it to my house and then picking it up I would help her. She wrote back and asked if I had a son names James. I said yes she said she was Emily ***** Jim was home it was spring break and I asked him if he knew her he said the only Emily he knew was Emily @@@@@. I told her that and she said yes that was her however she was now married. Jim and Emily knew each other from church. Emily she come to my house for lunch about 2 years ago but I talk to her on the phone all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanTx
    My husband likes to fish and has a bass boat. He likes me to bring the trailer around for him to load the boat. I hate it. Long bed pick-up with a double cab and standard shift. BACKING down the boat ramp into the water to load the boat. I cried every time I had to do it until I found THE METHOD. I look around for a middle-aged male and ask, "Please, Sir, will you save my marriage?" Then ask the guy to back that stupid truck down the ramp. I've never been turned down. Anyway - one time at Table Rock Lake in Missouri I used THE METHOD. They guy I asked ended up in the water helping my husband load that boat. Once they looked at each other they realized they had gone to school together - in tiny
    Cordell, OK. Knew each other quite well, but had lost touch. So the guy living in S. Texas met the guy he'd known in OK in Missouri at the bottom of a boat ramp.

    My family vacations at table rock lake all the time! It's about 2 hours away from where we live!! Another Coincidence!!

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    My husband and I have those things. His mother was born on the western side of the state and moved east. My mother was born on the eastern side of the state and moved west. Our maternal grandmothers lived in the same tiny town on the eastern side of the state but not at the same time. Our paternal grandmothers died exactly one year and one hour apart. We have several things like that but those are the main ones.

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    Several years ago, my DH and I were on a bus tour of Yosemite. The guide was asking everybody where they were from and one couple said they were from Michigan (I grew up there but had lived in another state for probably 15 years). At the next stop I told them I was originally from Michigan and asked what part they lived in. Turns out they were from the next town over from where I grew up. I told them my maiden name and, sure enough, they knew my dad, my uncles, my cousins...

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    I used to go to a school with a fellow called Michael. Anyway, he left school before I did, and when I left, my first job I had, turns out I worked with his dad. I never did see him though....but about a year later, I left that job, and got another just up the road from where I was working about 5 years later, and at this time started catching the bus to work. Sure enough, Michael used to catch the same bus, to a worksite right next door to mine!

    Anyway, time goes by he left his job, I left mine, then about 15 years later I was in Queensland visiting a theme park. And guess who was operating the chairlift that day? You guessed it! Michael. Now its been probably 15 years since Isaw him last, so Im sure he will pop up again somewhere

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    Oh, here's one. I moved to Oklahoma and worked in the H&R Block office there. I discovered one of the girls I worked with's cousins lived next door to my cousins in a small town in Colorado.

    I almost forgot, the office manager in that office's granddaughter went to the same high school as my granddaugter in a small town in Kansas.

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    Love these stories!

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    My granddaughter and I were fabric shopping at Mary Jo's near Charlotte, NC. As we were talking about which fabric went with a print we'd picked out, an older lady across a roll of bolts ask us a question about where to find something. I looked up and thought the lady looked familiar. It was hearing her speak that made me realize that she was my husband's aunt from Arkansas. We hadn't seen each other for many years.... we had a wonderful laugh over that one.

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    I was born in Hawaii in 1959 and went to High School(1977) in Tampa, Florida with a girl that was born the same day as me and in Hawaii, after checking with our Mom's we found out they shared a room.

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    This is even more amazing because Cordell, OK, is tiny!!

    My SIL was in line to view the Sistine Chapel and met a woman from her hometown, Clinton, OK, pop. 8,000 (or so)...

    Quote Originally Posted by JanTx
    My husband likes to fish and has a bass boat. He likes me to bring the trailer around for him to load the boat. I hate it. Long bed pick-up with a double cab and standard shift. BACKING down the boat ramp into the water to load the boat. I cried every time I had to do it until I found THE METHOD. I look around for a middle-aged male and ask, "Please, Sir, will you save my marriage?" Then ask the guy to back that stupid truck down the ramp. I've never been turned down. Anyway - one time at Table Rock Lake in Missouri I used THE METHOD. They guy I asked ended up in the water helping my husband load that boat. Once they looked at each other they realized they had gone to school together - in tiny Cordell, OK. Knew each other quite well, but had lost touch. So the guy living in S. Texas met the guy he'd known in OK in Missouri at the bottom of a boat ramp.

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    One day while in college, I received a phone call from my dad that my great-grandmother had passed away. After I hung up the phone, I went down the hall to see my then boyfriend (now hubby). He was just hanging up the phone after his mom called to say that HIS great-grandmother had passed away. Both ggma's on the same day. Both phone calls at the same time.

    My ggpa, ggma, and gpa (their firstborn) all passed away on April 8th, but in the years of '79, '91, and '95 respectively.

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    Many years ago I was in the teacher's lounge and another teacher said something about her Aunt Venoy. (Now how usual a name is that?) Aunt Venoy? We had just been to visit my husband's Great Aunt Venoy in the northern part of Texas - Graham, Bryson, or Jacksboro, I don't remember which. Turns out it was the same Aunt Venoy. This was in El Campo, TX; husband from teeny tiny Cordell, OK (we would go shopping in the big town of Clinton :) ); I'm not sure where the other teacher was originally from. If we'd been talking about Aunt Mary we would never have found the family connection.

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    Here's a good one for you:
    My dad's name was Walter T. Mitchell,
    my brothers' name was Walter T. Mitchell
    We lived on 62nd St. in Washington Park
    My brother met & married:
    Linda Mitchell who lived on 62nd St. in Fairmont City
    Her Dad's name was Walter J. Mitchell
    Her married name was Linda Mitchell.

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