I have a really bad habit. When people introduce themselves to me, I'm usually too distracted by other things upon meeting to pay attention to their names. I have to make a huge effort to remember them. However, if I see the name, such as, by a name tag, I'm more likely to remember it.
Tonight we had an prospective MBA dinner. I went as the wife. I wanted to get a feel for the program, and the people. I feel very protective of my husband, and still want to make sure that my country is good to him. I know that sounds strange, but I didn't want him to go alone and have people be snotty to them.
They weren't, though. We had a really lovely time. But that's not the point of this entry.
Weird things have been happening to me, lately. In fact, they just aren't surprising me anymore because they happen on almost a weekly basis right now.
We met a couple there. Now, I started speaking to them, alone, while my husband spoke with someone else. I sort of went to a little table to take a bite of food, and they approached me and introduced themselves. I was caught off guard, and like usual did not hear their names.
But that's not the weird part. My husband joined us and I shot a quick glance at the man's name tag in order to introduce him. But then, I realized I had no idea what the woman's name was and I couldn't see her name tag. I closed my eyes and tried to rack my brain for what I had heard.
Claudia popped into my head.
This is ... and his wife, Claudia, I said.
They both shot me a glance. I'm actually ... said, the woman. Dammit, I thought, how embarrassing.
But then the woman looked at me strangely. "That's really weird, though, that you called me that. That's actually his sister's name, though, that's really weird."
I apologized, but I couldn't help but think, "Goodness, these things are happening to me all the time, lately."
Everybody's had these little coincidences, right? I've had quite a few in my life. But the fact that they are happening to me on a semi-regular basis now is just plain weird.
Let's see what else happened, recently. My brother in law lives in Switzerland.
My husband and I speak to him once a week through Skype. Sometimes it's hard to find a time to talk because of the time difference.
Well, the other day, I woke up with the desire to hear a song by Eduardo Gatti. I'm not really sure why this song was stuck in my head. I haven't heard it in ages. So I looked it up in Youtube and listened to a few live versions of it, until I found a recent cover that Icalma and Gepe made of the song for the movie Turistas. I was totally excited because Turistas is by a chilean director named Alicia Scherson, who released her first movie, Play, while I was in Chile in 2005. I loved this movie, so I got really excited that she has a new one coming out. I told my husband and we listened to the song and watched the trailers. I liked it so much, I put it on my facebook.
The next day, I saw that my brother in law was online, so we called him and we were chatting. I sent him the link to the new "Los momentos" video while he and my husband talked about something else.
Then he stopped, and said, "Where did you see that?"
I explained that I was looking for Eduardo Gatti videos on YouTube and that I saw it come up.
That's so weird, he told me. Just yesterday I was telling a friend about Eduardo Gatti and we were listening to the same song, and found the same cover.
My husband misheard him, and said, "Oh, did you see it on Amanda's Facebook?"
And he responded, "No, nada que ver." Then we determined that this conversation that he was having, and the moment that he was listening to the songs was actually while we were sleeping (time difference, right). And that's when I woke up with a weird desire to listen to Eduardo Gatti.
I know that this might sound ridiculous, maybe these are just small things that have logical explanations. But when every week you have these weird little experiences where your brother in law send you mental sound bites, and when you have dreams about random people in high school getting married, when it actually happens, it's just too strange!
I'll admit, as a child I had really weird déjà vu happen a lot. A lot of times I would dream something and then have parts of it repeat in actual life. Sometimes that still happens to me, but I usually brush it off. Call me crazy if you want, but I just don't know what to make of this.
If nothing else, enjoy the music videos, and don't be surprised if someone sends them to you randomly tomorrow: