* I spent two summers going to language classes at Simon's Rock College, while in high school. I stayed in touch with a number of my fellow students for quite a while afterwards, as penpals. Eventually I became a worse letter writer, and the correspondances trailed off. Yesterday morning, the chair of the conference's morning session turned out to be one of the people I had written letters to back in high school!
* Today, a friend I haven't heard from in years ran across this weblog. Hello, Stella! It's good to be back in touch!
* Someone I met at last year's Harvard-hosted Vagantes was giving a paper on the monastery at Vezelay. On Thursday, a friend in my discipline emailed to ask if I knew anything about a magic mill at Vezelay. Handily, I could ask the paper-given and, even more handily, he knew exactly what I meant. While not an example of just-in-time knowledge acquisition, surely there must be a good phrase to describe such a circumstance of knowledge-acquisition convenience.
* Three other people with whom I'm in contact via LJ were at the conference this weekend (pittenweem, safranjan, and cliosfolly).
* Minor patterns: my parents were on a plane from Italy to North American yesterday. So was my Latin instructor. This coming weekend, my father is attending the RSA meeting. So is my Latin instructor.