This post is part of #the100dayproject that encourages creatives to do an action every day for 100 days. I've chosen to write an article or blog post every day. Previous posts for this project can be found here.
I have a pretty common first name (there's at least seven in Marfa), and I know from Googling myself that there's a Sarah Vasquez that's a model and a Sarah Vasquez that plays sports (neither are me). I never thought I would come across another Sarah Vasquez in a town of 1,800 people.
Well, she's out there.
I found out when I started writing for the Big Bend Sentinel newspaper in 2013. People would ask me when I was at the bank or the post office if I grew up here. After I tell them I'm from Austin, they would tell me there's another Sarah Vasquez that went to school here. Huh, what do you know? It seemed I couldn't go to anywhere without someone asking me about it, but I never saw her. Who was this mysterious Sarah Vasquez?
We eventually met in person at the newspaper. She stopped by to drop something off for work and my boss goes,” Sarah Vasquez, meet Sarah Vasquez.” We both smiled and told each other that it was nice to finally meet each other. Apparently people were asking her if she wrote for the newspaper when my byline started appearing. When we became Facebook friends, the first post I saw on her profile was someone asking that exact question.
This is why I include my middle initial now.
We run into each other every now and then around town. Some people put the two and two together and some don't even notice.
A few years ago, I got a call from a columnist at the paper and he asked me if I was into ultimate fighting. Not really. He seemed confused because someone named Sarah Vasquez was organizing an ultimate fighting night in Alpine. “Well that isn't me.”
I looked into it like the journalist that I am and learned that there is a third Sarah Vasquez in West Texas. This one lives in Alpine. What are the odds.