(NEWSER) – A week after a man flew four B-52 sorties over Hanoi, dropping a total of 48 bombs over an unknown number of homes, he holed up in an apartment in Boston with a fifth of Tennessee rye and a Smith & Wesson Model 15, and vowed, upon returning from a final walk in the rain, to “give myself the discharge I deserved.” So he writes in a Boston Craigslist Missed Connection post, titled “I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972 – m4w,” which Wired is calling the first Craigslist ad “to win a Pulitzer,” and Adweekreports is “so beautiful, you don’t care if it’s true.” The man goes on to describe the woman he met taking shelter under the awning of the Old State House, in a teal ball gown with “a galaxy of freckles” dusting her shoulders. “I’d never seen anything so beautiful.”
After an hour-long chat at a nearby five and dime, she disappeared while he used the restroom—leaving him in a state of turmoil that overrode his desire to take his life. And though he is reaching out 43 years later, after the recent passing of both his wife and his son, he wants her to know this: “As I cast this virtual coin into the wishing well of the cosmos, it occurs to me, after a million what-ifs and a lifetime of lost sleep, that our connection wasn’t missed at all…. Sometimes I can still smell the smoke over Hanoi. And then, a few dozen times a year, I’ll receive a gift. The sky will glower, and the clouds will hide the sun, and the rain will begin to fall. And I’ll remember.” According to Redditusers, it did indeed rain in Boston on the last day of 1972. (Check out why this guy penned a missed connection.)
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