Elementary school in 2nd grade (1990/91 or so), our class is instructed to attend some sort of "surprise assembly" in our gymnasium. The details
were sparse, but the assembly was something to do with social skills. We were playing duck-duck-goose and other games of that nature. It was pretty
Towards the end of this assembly, we are all instructed to sit in a large circle. We do so, and then a well-dressed black man with short dreadlocks
and glasses walks into the gymnasium. He says some words, and then teaches us the classic game of "telephone" (where you whisper a message to the
person next to you, and by the time the message is passed along the entire circle, it ends up being a completely different message.) I never really
understood the significance of this game until later in life, but that's another topic (or is it?) We play this game, I can't remember what the
message was, but we had some laughs at the end.
Afterwards, this man says: "I'll give $2 to anybody who can guess my name." I'm not sure how or why, but I immediately raised my hand and gave it
a shot. Nobody else even had a chance to raise their hand. (Note I've never been the hand-raising type.) My first guess: "Dana." Apparently I was
spot on and the man gave me the $2. I don't remember being particularly impressed, praised, or anything. I can't remember how I knew his name
either. It's certainly possible I overheard it somehow, or it could've been a lucky guess, but I think his name was specifically kept hidden for
what I'm now classifying as a social experiment. Maybe I just really wanted the money. After school, I told my parents about this - they didn't seem
too interested in what had happened. I wasn't really interested either - not until later in life. But this event stuck in my mind until I was a young
Fast forward to my teenage years. This is where it starts to get really weird (to the point of delusion). Sometimes, for reasons unknown to me, I'll
encounter a complete stranger on the street and something happens to me. My mind goes completely blank and I enter this sort of "trance" which I'm
powerless to stop. My vision gets blurry, almost like tunnel vision - the entire world goes blurry, except for this person's face (specifiically
their eyes, eyebrows, nose, and mouth) - almost like their face is floating inches in front of their head. I'm drawn to this person, and somehow, I
"know" this person. I know their name and I begin talking to them like I've known them my entire life. It's a extremely joyful event, like seeing
an old friend with whom you've lost touch. Clearly this is disturbing to the stranger, who clearly doesn't know me but usually sticks around to
figure out how I know them. It's exponentially more disturbing to myself (after the "episode" ends, anyway.)
This "trance" happens seemingly at random. I'll just be minding my business, and I'll glance at a person, usually in passing, and that's when it
begins. I don't really see any pattern in it, other than the people being complete strangers. Additionally, I've noticed for a short time after one
of these episodes (a few days to a week), I seem to have a sort of heightened "psychic" ability...I'm able to guess names, but not always
accurately. I'll meet a new person, and I'm secretly thinking to myself..."this guy's name is X," and then that "guess" is usually confirmed as
I'm introduced to the person. Eventually this "ability" fades out completely and I return to a normal state of mind.
Anyway, I always just chalked this up to my mind playing tricks on me. That was until last year when I recalled the initial "surprise assembly" from
2nd grade and began putting pieces together. At this point, I had forgotten the name I had originally guessed. It had stuck with me for the longest,
but now I struggled hard to remember, but couldn't. Eventually I phone my mother, and asked her if she remembered me telling her about the $2 I had
"won" in 2nd grade. She remembered, saying "Oh yea, his name was Dana."
This is where I start thinking: Dana is a fairly uncommon name for a man. In fact, I never really knew that Dana was used as a man's name until I was
a young adult. There's no way, being 7-8 years old, that I would've just simply guessed that this man had a "feminine name (no offense.)
So I'm wondering, is it possible this man was testing my class for individuals with certain "abilities"? Was there any significance between my
"lucky guess" and the game of telephone?
Does anybody remember anything like this from elementary school? Anybody else ever have "episodes" or "trances" like these?
Just curious. I'm pretty sure I'm sane, but that doesn't mean I'm not crazy.