I one of those people who looks around, stares at people, and is basically a little creepy while strolling around.
Not a lot creepy, but definitely a little.
This issue is compounded when I see someone that I may or may not know.
Unfortunately, it's a reality in my life that I might see someone from my near or distant past.
I know live about 20 minutes from where I spent my middle school/high school years (a.k.a. era of awkwardness).
And I work at the local university.
There are people I might know, or who have friends in common with me, everywhere.
In fact, it happened today.
At first I was just looking around while walking back to the office, but then I thought I might know him. So I stared longer.
Then I realized I knew him. He even nodded at me.
Now I'm thinking, "Do I smile, nod back, wave, stop to talk...I don't know what is most appropriate. AH!"
By the time I had built up this internal frenzy, the moment was over and both the guy and I had continued on our merry ways.
And the awkwardness lives on.