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08:46:30 PM

A few days ago, a former colleague of mine from my days at Wang Labs sent me a LinkedIn message. We've been in touch occasionally since those long-ago days, as our paths had crossed when he worked for an ISV with a Notes-related product. I accepted his invite to link our profiles, and then browsed through his contacts. There I found several of our additional ex-Wang colleagues, one of whom works for a company with an office a couple of miles from mine, and another of whom is working for IBM Rational Software. I sent out requests to connect, and today the responses came back and we were linked. I browsed the contacts of the former colleague now at Rational, and there I found a bit of a surprise... Someone I know, sort of.

The name of the contact was an exact match, and it's not a common name at all. The employment history matches one specific company that I know the person I'm thinking of worked for, and shows a move from the Northeast to the Pacific Northwest at exactly the right time, and another move back East also in the right time frame.

I said that I "sort of" know the guy. Here's something of an explanation: Our paths crossed about 19 years ago, and there was a woman at the intersection. Enough said.

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1. Catherine03/20/2007 09:54:11 AM

I was looking through my contacts' contacts in linked in and found some links to an ex-boyfriend (not related to any of the companies I've worked for/with). Talk about awkward!

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