Yesterday I went to the Social Security office to get a new social security card. Why? Because the original one was so old and falling apart that I laminated it.
Then last year, I needed to use it to verify my information in getting my driver license renewed and was told that it was invalid because I had laminated it. What?
Anyway, there I was sitting in the waiting room, reading the first Clive Cussler book, “The Mediterranean Caper” which is celebrating its 40th year in print, and waiting for my number F128 to be called.
The waiting room was packed with 14 other people but after 10 minutes into my book, my number came up and I dutifully scampered over to Window #2.
Friendly clerk, Tom asked me several identification questions to be sure I am who I claim to be. One of the questions, out of pure curiosity on his part, was how did I get a Coconino County, Arizona area code for my phone number.
My answer took me back to 2007, my first year as a fulltime RVer and WorkCamper. I had just arrived at my new seasonal job at Happy Jack RV Park high in the Coconino National Forest. At 8,000 feet altitude, the days temperatures hovered in the low 80s and “Coyotes howling at the Moon” nights were a cool 60s.
Cell phone reception could only be had with Verizon so I switched providers and got a new number in the bargain which (at the time) had to be where I was located.
Back to social security clerk, Tom who is the first person ever to know exactly where Happy Jack is, and who shared his express desire to return there one day.
How wonderful to have a chance encounter with a stranger, recalling fond memories of a loved place and parting as kindred spirits.