One of my fellow graduate students came up to me yesterday with a strange story.
She went to her car and found a folded-up homework assignment for a sociology class. Written on the outside was the following:
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's about sociology.
It would be strange enough if this note was from one of her students.
But it wasn't.
The homework assignment was from a class I TA'd for last spring. It was their very first worksheet, passed out on the first day of recitation. I recognized the student as having been in that class. My friend has never met or heard of this person.
Is this a case of mistaken identity? I don't look remotely like my friend. We don't have similar cars. Perhaps my friend is actually the intended recipient, and she has a reputation of which she was previously unaware for being the go-to person regarding sociology; after all, "It's about sociology." What a strange way to phrase it! Sociology is a broad topic. Does he have a question regarding sociology? Has he come to some amazing sociological realization? What? And why a note on the car windshield? Why not an email? And how did he find her car, anyway? And why was my worksheet being used as notepaper? Surely it has meaning - he can't possibly just have happened to have a worksheet he filled out ten months ago on his person, right?