This is a true story.
I was married to Donna for fifteen (15) years. Eventually we grew apart and we both ended-up in new marriages. My wife, Katie, and I, have been married more than ten (10) years and tough times have brought us closer together.
Back to Donna.....
As you all know, this ole' Bear draws cities. Have been doing it for many years. Since the early 1960's, in fact. All of the info about the cities I draw is in the thread named DE NOC. (Go there for info on the 2,000,000+ metro that is "greater" De Noc.)
In all of those years of drawing cities, when I was married to Donna, she was only "mildly" interested in all my maps, spread all over the rooms. She probably thought (at that time) that I had an unusual hobby.
Fast-forward to The Bear reading the local newsprint, The (Toledo) Blade. An article on the first page is about a local group, working with the University of Toledo, that is holding an invitation-only meeting this week. The topic is an offshoot of "sprawl".....looking at the problems facing Toledo's inner-ring of suburbs and how those problems are or will mimic the big-city issues that Toledo-proper faces.
The more I read on this topic the more interested I got, thinking, I wonder if this non-planning dude known as The Bear can crash this meeting and catch some education on the topic? Being a fake planner doesn't insulate me from wanting to understand the topic. FG sakes, I even have listed on my DE NOC TO-DO LIST an assignment to do some internet research on the Minneapolis Smart Growth web site.
Then.....OMG.....the University of Toledo coordinator of the whole Smart thing here in Toledo is......Donna, the ex-wife.
What a strange world we live in.
(I haven't talked to her in a couple years.....last time was at Loma Linda's, when Donna and Katie exchanged stories and barbs about another wife.)
What a strange coincidence.
Bear Baffled :-C