Saturday, July 12, 2008

Whoa! Weird coincidence!

I picked up Julie & Julia last night. It was on my wishlist for a long time and found it on the bargain shelf at Borders (boo hiss Borders) sometime within the past year. I was pleasantly surprised to discover early into the book that the author, Julie Powell, grew up in Austin, Texas, where I lived in high school. Didn't think much about it other than, huh, wonder what school she went to, what part of Austin she lived in, etc. Then a little further in she mentions wanting to be an actress and further on mentioning that she was on the drill team, which, coincidentally, wore the same white cowboy hats the drill team at my school wore. So I really started wracking my brain. Who did I know named Julie that was on the drill team that was also in theater. And I came up with a name. Surely not. I couldn't keep reading; I had to do some sleuthing to see if I could figure out if this just happened to be the Julie I remembered from high school. Yeah. It is. So weird. We weren't friends, but our circles touched a bit at times - she was a year younger than me, and I'd be seriously surprised if she even knew who I was. But whoa. So, Julie, if you happen across this blog post, congratulations on the book (a few years late now...), which I was enjoying even before I realized I knew who you were! :-)

5 comments:

Unknown said...

That IS a totally bizarre coincidence!

Julie does have a blog, and you could always leave her a comment there...

I read the book last year and really enjoyed it. If you review it here and want to link to other blog reviews, here's mine.

Somer said...

I will definitely review when I finish, so thanks for the link to your review. I did check out Julie's blog, but feel a little weird about leaving her a comment in case she has no idea who I am!

Debi said...

Wow...how cool is that?!!

Saima said...

Hey Somer, did you know that they have made Julie/Julia into a movie starring Isla Fisher? I think it comes out this fall. I talk about this blog in my "Building Blogs" class. What a cool coincidence!

Somer said...

Saima - I didn't know until yesterday when I started my snooping (I mean - using my mean reference skilz) that it was being made into a movie.