On Sunday, an old college friend of Martin's dropped by to visit. We hadn't seen him in several years, so it was interesting to catch up with him. I must mention here that while Joe does know my real name, Martin usually refers to me as Rhi, which is short for my Renn faire character's name, Rhianna. Since we met at faire and that's what everyone called me for years, he never got out of the habit.
After a couple of hours, I had to get ready to go visit a friend, so I excused myself to get ready, privately wondering what his reaction would be when I came back out "all gothed up". As I started to leave the room, he commented, "You know, Sisters of Mercy is my favorite band, and "Lucretia My Reflection" is my favorite song of theirs. How come you don't use your real name?" I turned around with total shock on my face (Martin said my mouth was hanging open). I said, "Don't tell me... you're goth, too???" And realized I've never seen him wear anything but black and gray. Turns out he was in the scene years ago (he's about 5-6 years younger than I am), and his wife is a raver! I told him to be sure to look up our meetup group, because he doesn't know anyone any more, and he said he would. Martin had NO idea, so I guess he kept that side of himself hidden from his non-goth friends.
Talk about a small world... that's full of such nice surprises! :-)