Running into people you've met before happens all the time but I've been surprised in what ways and who it is I run into at this ICFD.
(1) During Open Campus, I pretty much convinced this kid from Kouchi Sensei's lab to explain his research but also everyone else's in his lab. He was nice about it and we ended on a friendly note. Then, I kept seeing him around campus and he and I would smile and greet each other. On Wednesday, when I sat down in the first break-out session, my neighbor looked over it and it was he. He started laughing. I could tell he was thinking, "Here, too?"
(2) Today, between talks, a man came up to me. "Are you from the University of Virginia? I met you last year when I visited Dr. Goyne's lab." I looked at him in shock and then recognition. "Oh yeah! I remember you!" He and I talked a little bit and he told me how surprised he was to see me in Japan.
(3) All week long, I've been seeing this man who looked so familiar that I not only remembered his face but I remembered that the last time I saw him, I thought he reminded me of someone I knew in Virginia. Except I didn't know that person in Virginia so I could never really place why I knew him. Anyway, the circular thinking both times for the exact same situation had me convinced that it was the same person but I couldn't remember for the life of me where I had seen him before. Apparently, my brain works when I don't because my first thought this morning when I woke up was, "I know who he is!" The more I thought about it, the more I was convinced. This was the man I had followed to the baseball stadium a month ago to attend the Rakuten Eagles game.