I'm killing time at DC's Union Station, waiting for my train to BWI and home, when I'm accosted by a young woman with a note pad. She tells me she's from the BBC, and she wants to know what I think of an engagement.
Even I couldn't escape that news. I knew someone named Kate was marrying an English aristocrat. I had nowhere to go that minute, and she seemed to be in pain, so I tried to come up with something quotable. She told me to look to the BBC site ...
BBC News - Rajini Vaidyanathan - Royal wedding: American reaction to the Prince's engagement
... But even those who won't be across every dress, table arrangement and invite, are celebrating the news.
"It's fun," says John Faughnan of Minnesota. "It beats reading about the great recession."
Mr Faughnan said he had only learned Kate Middleton's name this morning, and the future Queen's profile here in the US is still relatively low.,,,
My Manchester born mother was thrilled, and it was a funny enough story to share on Facebook. Then it got more interesting.
On Facebook a friend pointed out that Rajini Vaidyanathan is a bit of a comer, as can be seen in her YouTube interview with Gordon Brown. She's not always stuck with boring reaction interviews on a painfully boring topic.
The lady has a trajectory, and I met her near the start.
A strange loop.