In the course of 36 hours, I talked briefly with everyone who has ever been mayor of this town under its current government structure. (Okay, that's only four of them, but still.)
One former mayor is now the head of an organization that my office just started doing IT work for. It's so funny to call them and have him answer the phone. He was mayor when I first moved here, as a teenager fairly ignorant of politics in general. Now they have new computers and we're just about done prepping their new server.
Then on Monday, when I was renewing my tag at the county tax office, the current mayor emerged from the back and started shaking hands with folks in line. She was previously the tax commissioner and she was visiting old friends at the office there.
Last night at the big Dem party in town, my husband and I bumped into the very first mayor of the unified government, a sweet elderly lady, who invited us to her Christmas party on 12/12/12. ("So it's easy to remember," she said.) She knows how to throw a pretty good shindig and she has the most amazing remodeled house - they finished the attic into a giant loft bedroom.
We also bumped into the mayor from prior to our current one, and her husband. (No invitation to their Christmas party... although maybe she's going to the other one, too.)
So, someday, if I ever run for mayor, I will point to this bizarre 36 hour period as an early calling. (Not that I'll ever be able to run for office; I write girl **** as a hobby.)