I've been doing a lot of traveling lately for work which means that I'm seeing a lot of new people as well as some old friends. Last week, one of my students told me during the first break of the training day that I looked just like her BFF (her words, I swear). The funny thing was that I kept looking at certain people in my training classes trying to figure out exactly who they looked like.
It took me a few hours to realize that the computer tech assigned to assist my students looked like Sean Astin, a point that I used on the second day when I needed someone to find him quickly. They had no problem locating him once I told them to look for the man who resembled Frodo's friend, Sam, in The Lord of The Rings movies. Later, I fessed up, but the guy just smiled knowingly and said, "Most people say I look like Rudy. At least you didn't bring up the Goonies."
There were two women in my second class who looked so familiar, I really thought I might know them. I've finally determined that one of them resembles an actress who I haven't named yet, but she's got the kind of face that looks like a friend as opposed to someone out of Hollywood. The second woman proved a little harder, but I think she resembles a woman who works at my doctor's office.
As a trainer/speaker/writer I meet lots of people. I can go through months without experiencing that flicker or recognition, but then I might see several in one day.
What about the rest of you? Am I the only one who sees familiar faces on strangers all the time or do you walk up to a complete stranger before you realize that this is not the person you expected? (I've done that, too.)
Happy travels. Stay observant.