The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

12 April 2005

The old Same place

According to legend, everyone has a twin. Somewhere out there, there's someone who looks exactly like me (shudder) or like you.

I have never quite believed this sort of thing, since it relies almost entirely on anecdotal evidence, the sum total of which simply cannot be equated to actual data.

And then I stepped into the dentist's office and there was one of the 42nd and Treadmill Office Babes — except, of course, that it wasn't.

Now I've been through this sort of thing before, and I have concluded that it's better to say nothing and look a fool rather than to speak up and look even more of a fool. So I scoped her out as best I could without actually going into Stare Mode.

And, well, it was the same face, the same hair (with the same indifferent 'do), the same general curvature. She even crossed her legs at about the same angle, which, once she switched to the other side, enabled me to determine for certain that it wasn't the O.B. (Tattoo, or in this case the lack thereof.)

After about five minutes, another young woman popped through the door to the inner sanctum and the two of them went out together: friends from high school, I guessed.

The O.B. wasn't here today, so I didn't pass on this story to her, and frankly I don't know whether she'd be creeped out by the thought or amused by the idea that it's possible to see her while looking at a girl of eighteen. I'm vaguely creeped out by the thought that I gave it that much thought in the first place.

Posted at 12:14 PM to Dyssynergy , Table for One


Sometimes I see people I think I know and have to do a double take or pause and realize that the person that I really know lives 4000 miles away and couldn't possibly be wandering around in my neck of the woods.

I know I have a doppelganger. I've actually seen her although I didn't think she saw me. I found out her name the other day when some guy I didn't know greeted me as "Beth."

Posted by: sya at 4:39 PM on 12 April 2005

I've done that once or twice before, but quickly recovered.

This time, I was just thunderstruck. (And yes, I suppose I could have greeted her, but I've always had this notion that you should not speak to people in the waiting room of a dentist's office, lest they find it painful to respond.)

Posted by: CGHill at 6:36 PM on 12 April 2005

I've got one named Andrea in North Texas somewhere. I've been mistaken for her more times than I can count, by all sorts of people. Apparently, the resemblance is so pronounced that I once had to assure her cousin that he had the wrong girl.

Posted by: aldahlia at 6:47 PM on 12 April 2005

There's a pair of identical non-twins at our church. Very frustrating for them.

Posted by: Dan at 3:40 PM on 13 April 2005