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message in a bottle, missed connections

The missed connections classified ad/craigslist posting is a modern day version of a message in a bottle. It says I want to reach someone, but I don’t know how, so I’m just gonna throw my words out there and hope they are found. And then there is people that really go the extra mile:

Back in September, I was on my way to the mall with my family. My husband was driving and my two boys were in the back seat. We were going down a busy street and I saw this handmade sign that said,

sign clip art with message scribbled on

Diane
I forgot to
get your
number
Greg

I read the sign out loud and my husband said, “I saw more of those on the other side of town yesterday.” So we were joking about it, and imagining the scenario by which Greg had managed to have such an unforgettable time with Diane, but still neglected to ask for her phone number at the end of their encounter. Drunk in a bar was the most obvious thought that came to mind. But maybe it was coffee at a local cafe. Maybe it was a party at a friends house.

But there wasn’t anything on the sign to indicate what Diane should do in order to get in touch with Greg. No number or address or directions. Does Diane already have Greg’s number but he was afraid she wouldn’t call him? Do they have mutual friends? In which case, was the public signage really necessary? And if she doesn’t and they don’t, then what is she supposed to do? Write her own number on the sign?

frowning smiley face with question marks

Still, it seemed like a such a good-hearted gesture, I couldn’t help but root for Diane and Greg to reconnect with each other. I hope they are, by now, falling madly in love with each other. Someday Greg will ask Diane to marry him. He’ll hire a sky writer to inscribe his proposal message in fluffy cloud letters, or maybe he’ll use a airplane banner instead. She’ll be reminded of that very first sign, “Diane, I forgot to get your number, Greg” and she’ll answer his proposal with an enthusiastic, “YES!”

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19 comments on “message in a bottle, missed connections

  1. hya21
    November 5, 2014

    Lovely story! Here’s to supposing.

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  2. Pamplemousse
    November 2, 2014

    Cute 🙂 He was probably so eager to be putting himself out there that he forgot to actually, well put himself out there in a successful way.

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  3. Underdaddy
    November 2, 2014

    I saw one Craiglist ad where a lady was offering companionship for “A pack of menthols and some Orange drank”. I would have replied but it was posted two days prior and no one lets a deal like that sit around. Always a day late and an orange drink short.

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    • thehonkinggoose
      November 2, 2014

      Desperate times call for desperate measures, poor soul, I hope it turned out all right for her.

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  4. kayladbrown14
    November 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on Awk-Word and commented:
    This is my favorite blog!

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  5. Supriya
    November 2, 2014

    Awww.. poor Greg. I hope Diane eventually sees the signs and works out a way to contact him.

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    • thehonkinggoose
      November 2, 2014

      I feel confident she did. It’s not a big city where I live, there’s a good chance it worked out just fine for them.

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  6. christianliving2014
    November 2, 2014

    How romantic and awesome! Great write!

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  7. talkin2missie
    November 2, 2014

    What a sweet story. You can’t help but root for the two of them.

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  8. theanimekpopblogger270
    November 2, 2014

    Omg my name is Dianne not Diane LOL but still seems sweet

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  9. Sandi
    November 2, 2014

    Such a sweet sign but so pointless–unless maybe Diane had his number already, and he was hoping this grand gesture would get her to call? If Greg had put his number on the sign, surely he would have gotten many crank calls. Let’s hope that your happy ending is not just wishful thinking.

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    • thehonkinggoose
      November 2, 2014

      It is not a big city where I live. They probably would have eventually run into each other again, even without the sign. So I have to believe it worked, one way or another.

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  10. Norm Houseman
    November 2, 2014

    I can also imagine him and the skywriting. I also imagine he would forget to put her name in the message. Another missed connection.

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    • thehonkinggoose
      November 2, 2014

      This guy may be forever scrambling to make amends, but at least he is trying! 😀

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