Well, the coffee shop I intended to sit at and read did not have open seating outside, so I walked up to the Starbucks that had lots of outdoor seating. I was about half-way through my reading when a guy with a Cubs hat sat down at a table near me. Then a couple sat behind. Raul, the man behind me asked Bill, the man in the Cubs hat, how the team was doing. Their exchange lead to Raul sharing that their family, his and Teri's--the woman next to him, had been to all but one stadium--Minneapolis. I of course had to chime in at this point and say wonderful it was since I did see many a game there until I was eleven. Eventually Raul and Teri invited Bill and I over to sit with them and we chatted away. Bill recently moved here, he's a physical therapist with the army, Raul works for Hertz and Teri is a special education teacher. We were talking about food and whatnot, which resulted in Raul inviting Bill and I over for dinner last night...we kind of looked at each other and oddly enough we said yes. I had nothing else to do, they seemed very nice, Bill seemed nice and life is not a dress rehearsal...why not?
I drove Teri and Bill rode with Raul. We met their three boys...all very nice young men who helped prepare a feast for us. We talked a lot about baseball and all sorts of other things. Bill has some buddies in town who were trying to get in touch with him to go out to the Thirsty Turtle. I had heard of it, which I said, which then led Bill to invite me along. I said sure. I dropped him off at home. Went home and changed and met him and his buddies, Vance and Kirk, there. Three great guys, all in the army, all having gone oversees and seen things that I would never dream of, and all not jaded at all--amazingly enough.
It was, quite certainly, the most random day/evening of my life. I met wonderful people, had a fabulous time and now it's time for me to prepare for the week!