A generation ago I met a couple of students from the University of Buffalo, became friends with them, went to their wedding and even lived in the same apartment complex for a year or two. They were civil engineers, I developed software. Our careers took us down very different paths and although I would hear about them from time to time the years passed and we never again made contact.
A few weeks ago my company hired their son, also a graduate of UB. That led to a business connection that now links me back to the couple, to the Department of Transportation and to possible business opportunities with a civil engineering company, coincidental connections that I would not have expected to occur in any large metropolitan area.
But this is Buffalo, and re-connections like this happen frequently because this community is not just close-knit, it’s a closet.
There is a lesson in here about trying hard not to burn bridges. You cannot predict whether or not your paths will later cross in important ways. Around Buffalo, it is likely that they will.