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18 May 2011 2,299 views 3 Comments

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In late February Sarah and I met for a catch up in Manly. We were in our favourite restaurant, having a good natter, feeling pretty chirpy. The table next to us, a couple, was quite close and I guess we figured we were in their space a bit. So embracing the situation I made introductions, offered to share our prawn crackers and we spent the rest of the evening chatting.
The couple were over from the States for a conference and to visit Sydney. Sarah and I tried to share some of our best tourist tips which was a bit ‘this fantastic café’ and ‘that other brilliant Thai place’. Still we all had a giggle and I gave them my card to call over the weekend if they wanted.
Not amazing yet, I know, but hang in there…

it gets better

Most people who know me know that I’m a merchandise junkie; I love branded stuff. The bigger the brand, the cooler the logo, the tighter fitting the merch, the happier I am ha ha ha. No, seriously, have you seen my Roche biking gear, that’s a different story…
Anyway, at some point in dinner I had a full “everyone stop” moment when I spotted that Curtis was sporting a Google logo. Curtis and Jeanie had multiple Google logos, they were here for a Google conference, gold! So Sarah and I gushed over their merch and then we all talked shop a bit.
Nice one Lucy, you ruined someone’s dinner and perved on their t’shirts. Not amazing at all.

three months later

Fast forward to today. A package arrives in the office. The labelling is confusing. Why am I getting something from Mountain View, California? Who knows all those correct details about me? What is this?

      Hi from California!
      We wanted to send you both a Google t’shirt of your very own :)
      Thanks again for sharing your appetizer and telling us all about fun places to visit in the Sydney       area! We had a great trip – saw beautiful beaches, went hiking and found some kangaroos to pet.       It’s fun telling about the super friendly locals we met too :)
      All the best!
      Jeanie & Curits Light
      Your friends from a little Thai restaurant at Manly Beach

thank you

And inside, two Google t’shirts (see below). Now, that’s amazing. That’s pure, human being excellence. Jeanie and Curtis are two superb people and I wanted you to know about them and to say thank you for this awesome gift.

strangers into friends

My friend Anfernee recently wrote a post on Turning Strangers Into Friends, it’s a really nicely written piece on the beauty of taking meetings and chances as opportunities for friendship. I’m a big believer in this. I mean, I don’t talk to EVERYone I sit next to but I do believe in an open mind and the possibility that the person next to you might be your next friend or business contact.
Actually this week I missed my bus and saw that someone else seemed to be in the same predicament so I asked if he wanted to split a cab to town. Yes. with a smile, he did. Here’s all the things we had in common: live on the same road, offices are on the same road, ergo know all the same coffee shops etc, PLUS, we used to live in the same road in London, cue a whole journey of reminiscing about pubs, parks, places in west London, it was a magic start to the day.
OK, so maybe I do talk to nearly everyone I sit next to. But for sure, these experiences aren’t going to make me stop. Watch out people… :)


  • Emma said:

    Like!! I’m also a big believer! Fab xx

  • Anf said:

    Love it Lucy!! I want me a Google t-shirt sent from the offices of Google in the US >.<

    I'll have to tell you about the stranger to friend situation I experienced in Vientiane recently. Will keep you posted! Keep rocking!

  • lucyjjames (author) said:

    Good luck with the merch Anf. I’ve had to put some hard miles in for some of my gear :)

    And yes, share the Vientiane story (was it the immigration lady..?)

    Safe and happy travels, keep the news coming.

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