Greta connects to the Saints

“It’s a small world, but I wouldn’t want to paint it”
~Steven Wright~

First off let me say, it is absolutely beyond my comprehension how anyone in this world thinks they can get away with anything – because someone will know someone and it will come back one day to bite you in the “arse.” Since I am so “out there” and really have nothing to hide (I never inhaled- evil laugh inserted here), I don’t sweat encounters I have with strangers and I sure ain’t running for public office.

If I chat long enough with anyone, usually I can find some common ground or connection. In the internet and blogging world – geesh – that is another story – everyone is practically related! I don’t know Kevin Bacon, but I have a friend who has a Home Health nurse who has a sister who does make-up in Hollywood, so that may get me close to Kevin. Then I signed up for the Facebook 6 degrees experiment and low and behold Fred Thompson is connected to me. I bet he knows Kevin Bacon. Last year “Primetime” even dedicated a special to this theory. Now, in the military world, it is not uncommon to cross paths with friends over a career. But in the real world, well it is just soooo bizarre!

Seriously, how would I know anyone on the Saints? I have been on the air and in studio with Eric Asher and he covers the Saints – so that gets me closer. I’ve yet to even go to a game – this is my first season here! You ready for this? Sunday night I was invited to my friend Jenny’s 40th birthday party. I met Jenny in Mandeville and she was born and raised in El Paso- and we lived in El Paso and neither of us personally know Kevin Bacon – but she went to high school with my friends’ brother and we both drank at Aceituna’s and we will both visit there at the same time this year(bigrunonsentence) – strange – eh?

So hubby and I are sitting across the table from this couple, drinking a few cool ones, and chatting about all the places we have lived. Turns out he is a football coach and his family follows him around and we have been an active duty family until last year (yes – I followed him), so how would we ever have crossed paths? Imfreakingpossible right? Wrong!!!

When hubby nudged me and asked what years I went to the University of Maine (you never meet anyone from there in the South or outside of Maine), I couldn’t imagine why. It turns out that this coach had been at U Maine as a Graduate Assistant. What years was I there – well 86-90 and I was a student athletic trainer and traveled with the football team. I almost spewed a beer out of my mouth (and refrained – can’t stand beer abuse) when he said he was there at the same time! Holy *&%! we knew each other from Maine, 1989 we both earned a Yankee Conference Football Championship Ring! I swear I heard Twilight Zone music in the background and quickly chugged another Abita beer!!! Whowouldathunk the world was so small?
(c/p at NOLA.com)

4 Responses to Greta connects to the Saints

  1. ohiogirl October 2, 2007 at 7:19 am #

    I have a story like that:
    About 2 months after moving here I attend a Mom’s Club function at someone’s house. I walk in and see a picture or something of someone in an Ohio University shirt (not OSU) and that is my Alma Mater. I inquire and find out the host went to school there too. I ask where she is from and lo and behold we are from the same city! A small city that isn’t exactly known for having residents leave! (sound familiar?) We get talking more and realize we attended OU att the same time. She mentions her major. I mention a favorite instructor in the department and she tells me that instructor is friends with her parents and attended her wedding when she got married.

    Craziness!

  2. John October 2, 2007 at 9:06 pm #

    I meet a man at my son’s little league baseball bbq that happens to be a former NFL player. I mention to him that one of my late grandfather’s good friends was a N.O. Saint and one of “da Bears”. He tells me his dad was a Bear at the same time and to top it off his dad also coached football at my wife’s high school while she was a student! Kevin Bacon must be in there somewhere.

  3. Greta October 3, 2007 at 4:43 am #

    Thanks for sharing Ohiogirl and John – strange but so cool all at the same time!

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