"In the lab class you taught, did you do a rotten milk experiment?"
"That's how she knows you. You were her instructor."
Mystery solved. That is why the wife of my husband's work-mate looked familiar.
It's in situations like these that you hope you made a good impression the first time. That is why I try to be nice when I meet people, because you never know when you'll run into them again.
I was at Costco with a friend. Why we were going to Costco when we were single was beyond me, but we were probably getting a jumbo bag of gummy bears or a box of Gushers.
While we were walking, I ended up face to face with a man that looked SO familiar. He was thinking the same thing. He smiled at me and said, "You look familiar. What is your name?"
"[Token, Token Asian Friend]. What is yours?
"[Guy with glasses]. How do I know you?"
We smiled as we talked about where we lived, what high schools we went to, where we used to work, our family trees, his best friend's sister's friends, my old dog's former owners, trying to find some reason why we knew each other. There was that familiarity, like we were old friends that had gone through trial and adversity together. We had to solve this mystery connection! Then, I said, "Well, I went to college [here]."
Glasses man said, "Me too! When were you there?"
"From [year] to [year]."
"What did you study?"
Within seconds, I saw the spark of recognition come into his eyes. Then I saw the smile slowly leave his face. He said, "You were my lab TA."
Then, I remembered that smug little grin grumbling cynical remarks. I visualized his eyes rolling behind those very same glasses. I heard that voice say, "Do we really have to do this?" and,"This is a waste of my time." and, "Can we leave now?"
One split-second later:
"Well, it was nice to see you again."
"Yep. Have a good one."