And statistically speaking, even if only 1% of the population identifies as vegan that means there should be 220 of us here. The reality though is that I feel pretty isolated in my hick of a hometown as I haven't met another single vegan in the over two years that I've been back already.
So you can imagine my surprise and delight when I came across a car in the thrift store parking lot covered with vegan and animal rights bumper stickers. (By the way, if you DO have a car, please use your bumper as a beacon of hope for other isolated vegans.) Pure coincidence too as the only reason I had gone back to the store (I'd been there earlier already) was to get out of the rain. I had no idea of course who or how long the car owner might be, but I had one scrap of paper on me so I decided to be bold and leave my thanks and contact information on their windshield. Wrote something like "Hi, love your bumper stickers! Maybe I'm not the only vegan in [name of town]?" Then I left my first name, email address and phone number, put it in a small clear plastic bag so it wouldn't get wet, and hoped they would notice.
Got back on my bike and just as I was about to leave saw the owner approaching their car! Introduced myself, found out her name was a variation of my own, and we had a pleasant if brief chat before going our separate ways. Have no idea if she will indeed ever phone or email (I didn't get her contact information so can't get in touch myself), but no matter. Just knowing that there's another one of us walking around in the flesh instead of only statistically was enough to make my day! :)