As the previous Secret Quonsar threads have been closed, I thought I'd share the weird coincidence our giftenating hath wrought. (Anyone else have odd MetaFilter connections to share?)
posted by Madamina to MetaFilter-Related at 3:45 PM (44 comments total)
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My Second Chance assignment for Secret Quonsar was a MeFite from Seattle whose name wasn't super familiar. Her suggestions were fun (SOCKS!) but pretty standard -- nothing that made me think, "Hmm, do we have some sort of connection?"
Weeeell... the weeks went on a bit and I thought, "Oh, crap; don't want to make her a third-chancer!" so I ran down to the closest Store With Fun Things, which happened to be the University Book Store
. Admittedly, the "regional specialties" route is the easy way to go; in addition to some other random stuff I ended up with cow socks with "Wisconsin" on the tops, a bunch of campus/Madison postcards, and (of course) a Cow Pie
and some Udderfingers
. I actually rejected several cool things for being too Wisconsiny; I thought, "It would probably be weird for this person near that OTHER UW (feh!) to have a bunch of random Badger stuff. Ah, well."
My quonsee got her stuff yesterday. If I had gone to a different store, I probably wouldn't have gotten this message:
I was so happy to get a box full of Wisconsin! I'm from there (grew up in $NEARBYTOWN) and my parents still live there. I went to UW and got married there (reception was at the Memorial Union ... we took pictures out on the Terrace and the whole place stood and started clapping for us - totally surreal). Do you know $FRIEND? She works in $MADAMINASOFFICEBUILDING too (or at least used to).
[Yep, I know who that is.]
And then, after I sent her the requisite "Uh... you're kidding me. Also, do you know [GUY FROM YOUR HOMETOWN IN MY HUSBAND'S BAND]?" message, I clicked back on her profile. We have the same birthday.