Several years back, I received an email out of the blue from a guy named Danny that read:
“Hello,I’m in Seattle for a conference, was at a bar and some woman came up and introduced herself…’Hi, Daniel, I’m….?’ I gave her a warm but confused look as I was pretty certain I’d never met her before. She said…’Daniel I’m on your Facebook page I can’t believe you don’t remember me…you are Daniel House?’
So I checked you out today on your various online pages…Definitely a resemblance and looks like we both have August ’61 B-days…and of course have the same first name.”
A little more than a simple resemblance. I wrote back immediately:
“I looked at your pic, and the resemblance is really quite remarkable. Different mouth, but I swear our eyes and nose are almost exact. Do you remember who it was…The woman? If so, I’d love to drop her a note on FB…so strange – and awesome. What is your actual birthday? Wondering how many days apart we are.”
And he responded back (certain parts have been removed in the respect of privacy):
I can’t remember her name. Looked like she was in her late 20’s or early 30’s. No features that I can recall. The club is at Pine and Broadway and the band was Voyager 1…if you need/wanna do a brief life-role switch…I suppose we could trade some wardrobe…I make it to LA occasionally. Lived there from about ’88-91 and keep in touch with a couple of friends, x-fiancé and a couple of family members.”
So not only were we born in the same month in the same year, have (almost) the same first name, but he was seeing a band that I do in fact own at least one CD by, but he’s even lived in L.A. for a brief stint. It’s really the photo that got me. I felt that I was looking at a picture of me in some alternate universe…except that it was in Seattle, a city that I had lived in for over twenty years. Perhaps this is of interest to me and me alone, but the resemblance is more than a little striking. I do not think this sort of thing happens to everybody. Did I have a fraternal twin that nobody ever told me about?