Jan. 6th, 2009

Active day.

Jan. 6th, 2009 01:24 am
lance_sibley: (sleepy)
Today was a mixture of the mundane, the unusual and the interesting...

First, the mundane: work, work, work. Nothing new there.

The unusual: on my way to work this morning, I saw some odd prints in the snow leading from the railroad tracks to the parking lot across from the office. There have been a few nights when I thought I heard something in the bushes that line the tracks, but figured it was probably just a dog or something. But these tracks were strange - they each had three indentations, arranged triangularly. My first thought was that maybe it was a rabbit or a small deer. I then thought, "nah..." But then, tonight, on my way to the bus stop around 7:45, I actually saw a rabbit hopping along the tracks! I don't know what kind it was, but it was about eight to ten inches tall and looked brown (though it's not well lit around there).

The interesting: I got an email on the weekend from someone I used to know through Usenet newsgroups when I was in university. We corresponded for about a year (he was someone I "knew" through the LGBT rights newsgroup, soc.motss), and then lost touch. He had found a hard copy of some of our old emails, decided to look me up online, and found my website, where a relatively current copy of my resume is posted, and emailed me. I responded last night, and he wrote back today (as well as friending me on Facebook). Seems life has been good to him - he's been with the same guy for the last 18 years, and has had quite a successful career in chemical engineering (he was working on his Ph.D. at Purdue when we corresponded), with something like a dozen patents.

The funny thing is that just the other day, for no apparent reason, I was thinking about him and some of the other people I used to correspond with online back then, probably as a result of a TrekBBS thread on reconnecting with old friends online. The thing was, I couldn't remember this guy's name, so I couldn't try looking him up. Quite a coincidence!

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