I stared at her in shock. "You're telling me that your niece is friends with someone who is friends with Shinji Kagawa?"
"So, that means I'm friends with someone who is related to someone who is friends with someone who is friends with Shinji Kagawa."
She nodded again.
I couldn't stop smiling as I did the math. "I'm four degrees away from the famous soccer player, Shinji Kagawa."
"That means I'm five degrees away from Makoto Hasebe."
"This is the best news I've heard all day," I declared, not quite believing my good luck. It almost made up for our disappointing loss to Jordan earlier. My friend's niece is a model and I've seen her picture in magazines so I kind of already felt special. But this was better than I could have hoped for.
(Man hair is hard to stick figure draw. My apologies to Messieurs Kagawa and Hasebe)