I went in to put my name on the list, and saw a familiar face. It was Saskia, wife of my friend Joe who owns the bike shop, and a friend of hers. We exchanged greetings and introductions, and she said that Joe would be there in a moment with his daughters. They did, and were seated at their table. (These are the owners of the Ugly Bike I want to redecorate.)
Our table was ready a couple of minutes later. Shortly after we were seated, I looked up and spotted a familiar face at the table across from us-- it was Noah, one of my coworkers. And they were sitting right next to Joe and family.
For the remainder of the oh-so-tasty dinner, I kept looking around to see who else might come out of the woodwork unexpectedly.