You've been hit by, you've been struck by...
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction...

And I feel fine...

Hey all. Sorry this post is coming to you so late. However, I didn't need to have one done before I left for work today simply because I have the day off! Yep, it's Veteran's Day and I'm sitting at home right now. I haven't had this as a holiday since grade school or high school. Somewhere around that time, I'm pretty sure. So this is odd for me.

Something really good came of this day off, though... I got the gig with the park district teaching people about photography and blogging. Yes, I'm teaching a class on blogging. And they're PAYING ME. Suckers. (Rachel, if you're reading this, you're not a sucker. Seriously.). I think it may really be time for Karl and I to revisit the blogging book idea.

But this could also turn into more classes in the future. It's up to me to come up with some cool ideas down the line.

However something strange happened at this meeting as well. I sent Rachel, the woman at the park district, my resumé via e-mail just before the meeting because my personal printer is on the blink. She checked it out before I got there to talk to her and then she revealed some odd bits to me.

For one, she does a lot of work with the other PD's in the tri-cities' area (Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles). One of her responsibilities is to manage the pool for the Geneva Park District. That pool is right next door to the GPD building where I work in the fitness center.

Not entirely out of the ordinary. But, it gets weirder.

As some of you may know, I have a B.A. in Spanish business and an M.A. in communication - media from Northern Illinois University. She has a B.A. with a double major in Spanish literature and corporate communication... also from NIU. She graduated with her B.A. the same year I got my M.A. We know a lot of the same people. And, although we cannot prove it just yet, we are positive that our paths have crossed at some time during that period. Hell, I taught in that department when she was taking courses.

We are now left with three options...

  1. This is just a complete coincidence
  2. Cosmic forces are colliding in order to drop me the not-so-subtle hint that this is a good thing
  3. I have a stalker

Honestly, I don't think all this could be sheer coincidence, so I'm ruling out #1 right off the bat. I tend to lean toward #2 as it seems like there is some higher power at work here. But I'm totally cool with #3. I've always wanted a stalker. To quote Van Wilder (Ryan Reynolds), "Are you stalking me? 'Cause that would be cool."

Oh, and I totally expect she'll read this. And probably laugh harder than I care to acknowledge.


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Ooooh Ryan Reynolds quotage.....mmmmmm.

Okay anyway, there are sheer forces at will and that is damned cool that you got that gig. Le sigh...I almost got a job running an HR Blog for a company til they decided to nix the that would have been rad.

"Hilary, we see you've logged onto TypePad quite a bit this month"
"Yeah ass, just doing my job"


Congrats on the blogging gig, Kevin.

I think coincidence is still fair to keep in the mix. You're in Chicago... seems reasonable to think other NIU'ers settled there. It's not like you both studied in Tibet and are now crossing paths...

ms. sizzle

i had absolutely no idea you had your degrees in those areas. spanish business? cool!


You are so wildly entertaining. And weird.

Spanish business? Or was there supposed to be a comma there: Spanish, business. That is pretty cool. I've never heard of it. And to think you got the degree at a university in the middle of a cornfield.

Hmmm... muy interesante.


I'd like to fly into a jealous snit and complain that SOME people have all the luck, except that I can't think of a nicer person for these happy things to happen to! And, you totally earned this.

I do not believe in the concept of coincidence. Every second of both of your lives has been moving each of you inexorably toward the inevitable moment of your meeting, and the inescapable consequences thereof.

Was that good? It's a line from my novel.


Congratulations on the new gig! That rocks!


That is awesome!!
I never believe in the randomness of the universe. I was closer than ever to leaving Chicago (hi, was I temporarily insane or what?) when I got to be friends with my former barrista Leah, and her friend Amy. Both have birthdays within a very close range of my own. Next thing I know--BAM--Leah sends a paid blogging gig my way and Amy gets me on board for super secret writing project that *may* go to print in January.
Ride the wave, my friend. What we put out there is what we get back.


My ex and I figured out that we lived in the same apartment complex, as upstairs/downstairs neighbors for a year before actually meeting 5 years later. One of the best things that ever happened to me, so I wish you either #1 or #2.


Hilly, mmmm... paid blogging...

claire, well more the fact that our programs were nearly exactly the same. Just different focuses.

sizzle, and yet my spoken Spanish is for crap. Sad.

Mocha, nope, no comma. The official program name was Spanish Business and Translation. The other available focus was Spanish Literature and Language. "Muy interesante"? Sorry, but I don't speak freaky-deaky Dutch. ;-)

SJ, your NaNoWriMo novel? Or is this another project I don't know about? It is cool. Thanks. But you need not be jealous. Not until I begin to rule the world. Then you can be jealous all you want. ;-)

javajabber, thanks!

diane, you will have to let me know about the super secret writing project when the time comes.

frances, ever call the cops on him for noise complaints? heh.


Getting PAID to teach blogging? Dude, welcome to Fantasy Island!


Yeah, it's a pretty sweet sounding gig. Hope the students will be as jazzed about it.

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