Six degrees of separation is the theory that everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of “a friend of a friend” statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps. It was originally set out by Frigyes Karinthy and popularized by a play written by John Guare.
Those of you who have been visiting for a while know of my travels to meet other bloggers. Of course, it is always rewarding to meet new, interesting people. That’s how I got to San Miguel de Allende, as fellow blogger, Niels, invited me down to show me the town. While I was there, I received the following e-mail from Chuck, another fellow blogger that I’ve met and even stayed at his house:
Hey Paul, You’re in the ONE town in Mexico I hear about a LOT!
A fellow staff photographer – in the 1960s in San Diego – Jerry Rife retired and has a home there in San Miguel.
https://mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#inbox/13d39ab594bfb785 Here is the link to today’s newsletter that features Jerry and some other of his ice cream photos. See if you can look him up and say “Hi” for me.
Last saw him about 50 years ago. Yikes! Please try to make contact. Thanks and safe travel.
I thought, sure, I’ll give it a shot. Niels seems to know everyone, so I sent him the e-mail and he replied that not only did he know Jerry, but that he had taken his photo as part of his hat series. You can view the series here. Niels was able to forward the e-mail to Jerry, and Jerry responded to Chuck, connection reestablished! That was very cool. A total 6 degrees of separation moment, or in our case, about 2.
One morning, the three of us, had breakfast at Juan’s cafe, pictured here. Jerry told us stories about his an Chuck’s days as military photographers as well as a pool shooting contest that, if memory serves me correctly, left Chuck and Jerry as the final two contestants. I think that Chuck won.
It was a great time and I was glad to be able to meet Jerry as well as hook up two old friends who’d not seen each other in 50 years. Well, they’ve still not seen each other, but at least they are now in contact!
This blogger visiting stuff is fantastic!