On the Metra platform I met a French woman here to speak at a literary conference. She is a literary translator and had a nice conversation. As my stop came up I introduced myself and offered my phone number if she wanted to reach out over the weekend. Not only could I see the surprise in her well poised face but the blonde American sitting in front of us visibly jumped and looked back. I assured my new friend that I have traveled much and always loved a locals perspective. I also cherish my international community and its diversity. I invited her to women’s arm wrestling Saturday night. We will see if she reaches back.