But I've also met friends in unusual places.
I met Danielle in a bar. I know it's not unusual to meet members of the opposite sex in a bar. But how often do women meet women friends in bars?
My brother Gary was in St. Louis for a visit and we went to a club one night. Danielle was on the stage participating in a contest (it had nothing to do with a t-shirt or water). Gary said, "I want to meet her." I waltzed right up and said, "My brother wants to meet you." They ended up going out the next night. Long story short - Gary went back to L.A. and Danielle and I became friends.
My mom tends to meet friends in airports and on airplanes. Here she is holding Eric on his first airplane ride at 8 weeks with her seatmate she just met.
My dad also met a friend on an airplane years ago. I don't have a picture, but they exchanged phone numbers and emails and are very good friends to this day.
I met a friend on an airplane once. She sat next to me. Because I was going to miss my connection and have to sleep in the airport overnight, Claire invited me to stay with her in Dallas and offered to take me to the airport the next morning. I didn't have any luggage, i.e. nightgown, so she let me wear one of hers. We didn't keep in touch, but she was a very good friend for a day! I even wrote a letter to Ann Landers about her that was published during her "Acts of Kindness" week.
Larry meets friends at gas stations. I kid you not. He's brought several people home from the gas station. He says something about their car or they say something about his car, and that leads to him talking about his other cars. Next thing you know they're following him home to see his garage.
Another not-surprising-if-you-know-Larry-but-still-unusual way he meets people is while racing them on highways. He pulls up next to someone with a nice/fast car and gives them that wanna race? look. That's how he met his friend Frank almost 20 years ago. I'm not sure who won, but they pulled over, exchanged phone numbers, introduced the wives and kids, went on trips...
I took this picture last month. We stopped for gas while on a motorcycle ride, and Larry chatted it up with a new friend. I can't tell you how many times I've heard, "Lynne, come over and check out this engine." Business cards were exchanged.
I guess it's not suprising then that Larry and I met on a blind date.
What's the most unusual way you've met a friend?