a familiar looking woman invaded my uncaffeinated haze this morning on the metro platform. she seemed shocked and amazed to have run into me, and i had no idea who she was, so i smiled as widely as possible and played along, although i doubt that i was that convincing.this is where i sound like some jerk who meets too many people a day to possibly remember people’s faces or names. not so. rather, this is where i admit that maybe too much time in front of flickering screens and on the phone has reduced my mine to that of a 50 year old (sorry, dad).we played that very useful little game where we ask each other strategic little chit-chat questions, which was mainly of benefit to me in narrowing down the possibilities of who this person actually was.”So, who do you stay in touch with?” she asked, winning the first question. damn! too open ended! from where?! that could mean anyone from pre-school to my last job.”oh, you know, whoever i can, not too many folks, i guess,” i meekly replied. “How about YOU?”“sometimes Seth…” (Seth? no last name, c’mon!!! ok at least this person is not recent. i barely know any current seths) “do you talk to Watras?” she continuedbingo!!! high school! there’s only one Watras. so, we went to high school together!i could feel the blood moving into that part of my brain that held whatever historical info on her. we discovered that we live right near each other here in DC and then talked about ms. schwartz, one of those amazingly talented and memorable teachers you just end up talking about.on the way out, i ventured a name, in hopes of redeeming the blank stares i had given to her previously (which now seem warranted since we were only at the same school for a year):”well, good to see you, Erica“and with that, it was over. no time to exchange cards or examine reactions to see how my experiment had fared. the investigation will have to continue on Facebook.UPDATE: I just ran into Erica for a second time today (first time in, oh, 7 or 10 years) at our local cafe/diner. And I can now confirm that her name is Erica. Crazy world.