Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Snowy Tuesday's and Doppelgangers...

Today was fun, and different. First of all, for the second Tuesday in a row, we are getting some serious snow. It's been snowing all day, and it's expected to continue. What started out as a watch, has been escalated by NWS to a Warning with expected totals in excess of eight inches. Yeah, as if last Tuesday's storm wasn't enough? People just south of me are still without power and have been since LAST Tuesday or there about. Last week, well that was so much fun. Four inches of snow, then two solid inches of ICE on top of that, and finally, six inches on top of that when all was said and done. Needless to say, we didn't go anywhere.

We? My sister-in-law drove out here from New Jersey to see my new house, and spend a week seeing the sites of Cincinnati. We spent a goodly portion of the time inside watching movies and TV as the snow fell. Thankfully we DID manage to do some of the things she wanted to on Thursday of last week when the temperature went up a goodly bit. Some of the most important things to her were to see the stretch of I75 I call Stargate Mile, and she wanted to at least walk from Ohio to Kentucy, to Indiana. Now that's not as strange as it sounds, since I live in the Tri-State area, in the southwestern corner of Ohio, and those two states CAN be walked to from my part of Ohio. So we got those things done, which made her happy, and after I towed her ouyt of the parking lot where she got her car stuck, she made it back home safely. So we had a week of hanging out and it was pretty good. Obviously I didn't post much or anything then.

So today, before the snow got to bad, I had to run some errands. Like getting the bills for the month out, buying some stamps, and picking up some groceries before I got snowed in for the next two days. Yes, I grew up in New England, and so far what we;ve had here doesn't even really count as snow. The folks around here, well a whole bunch of things they may be, New Englander's they aren't! So during and after a snow, I give them a wide bearth.

Anyway I'm on line in the post office to buy some stamps and from behind me I hear "Hey Sam, how are you?" As I'm turning to see who it is, I see Tony from Firestone standing there with a big grin. Not one to ignore people I said "Hi Tony! How goes it?!" with a big smile on my face. Mind you I have no idea who he is except that his jacket says Tony with the Firestone logo on it. He presses on with "Wow, you look amazing, you haven't aged at all, how did you do that? For that matter what are you doing here? I haven't seen you since College."

I turn my head quick looking for Alan Funt from candid camera and cautiously say "Why thank you, I take good care of myself when I can, good living you know and a regular glass of white wine. That's said I think you have me confused with someone else?"

Oh, Sam, I'm hurt! You don't remember me? We went to college together, I kept trying to get you interested in the soccer team but you weren't into sports? Wait, if you're not the Sam I know, why did you turn right around and say 'Hi Tony!' the way you always did? If your not my friend Samantha, how did you know my name and answer to 'Hey Sam' when I walked up behind you? You look and sound like my friend Sam? So who are you then?"

Wow, I'm someone else's Dopple? So we talked a bit, and I finally showed him my ID to prove I wasn't his friend Sam from School. All my life I've been mistaken for other people, or people feel like they've known me for years, but I figured, what with such a radical change in my life, I'd leave those days behind me. So while the line moved up we talked and he told me about his firend Sam from school. How we could be twins and that I look and sound just like her. It was just so funny to me, and such an out of the blue thing. He found it amazing that there were two beautiful women named Samantha in the world that looked like we could be twins. I just couldn't help but be smiling (though I tend to do that anyway) ear to ear as he talked about his Samantha (different last name) while we waited on line. This was a major first for me. Obviously I didn't bother to mention that when he was in College I was pretending to be a 40 year old guy. Didn't want to rain on his trip down memory lane.

So the old saying is we all have a twin somewhere, turns out mine is named Samantha too. I can hear "It's a small world" playing in the back of my head as I get ready to send this. So here's hoping you've all been having a great day!

7 comments:

alan said...

If you ever doubted "Grand Unified Theory" you now have proof, eh?

I'm glad you are surviving the weather...your area seems to be getting hammered pretty good this season!

Perhaps those around you will get a clue watching someone who knows what they're doing get through it!

alan

Debbie K said...

Friendship with oneself is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world. You seem to be in such a beautiful place. Enjoy every moment, I am sure you have earned it.

Samantha said...

Nope, never really doubted the Gran Unified Theory, or GUT as I like to joke. Just never quite expected to run into someone who knew my dopple had the same name as I do. As to the weather, yeah, certainly surviving it, doesn't mean I'm much enjoying it, but I'm surviving it.

Me? Know what I'm doing? Not hardly, but I do the best I can with what I have to work with. It's not really in my nature to ask folks to do what I'm not, so if they are doing their best, it's good enough for me.

Yes, Debbie, friendship with self is vital. I'm pleased to say it's taken the better part of a lifetime to reach this point, to be friends with myself. I'm working on enjoying it, and getting better at it everyday. Oh yeah, I did earn it and then some. I'm not ashamed anymore to say that, but I wish the cost hadn't been so high.

Samantha said...

Oops, that didn't quite come out right toward the end. I'm NOT pleased to say it took the better part of a lifetime, but I'm glad I DID manage it. There, that makes a bit more sense. Interestingly enough, my next post speaks more on this subject, which is kinda funny I guess, since I'd not really planned it that way.

alan said...

Jeanette's book was "GUT Symmetries"...

:o)

alan

zilla said...

That's funny ...

I always get mistaken for one of the Vlasic girls. I guess I'm the spitting image of a pickle heiress.

Samantha said...

Wow Zilla, how cool would it be to actually be one of the Vlasic girls? Get to eat all the pickles you want? Can they adopt me? I eat Vlasic pickles with just about everything. Yes, even ice cream! Umm, hot fudge and pickles sunday, yumm-o!