Whether you are at an In-N-Out Burger in L.A., dropping off your kids at daycare, or standing in front of the Statue of David in Florence, Cobbers are everywhere – you just have to keep your eyes open.
We asked our Facebook followers where some of the craziest places they have run into another Cobber wearing “the ring.”
Here are the top 75 responses:
“Sitting in my golf course office in the Phoenix area. I had a golfer wearing a Cobber ring come in to discuss a group outing at our course. Needless to say, I made it happen!”
“On a small Air Force Base in Florida. Not many of us Cobbers are in the military, so it was a nice surprise!”
“At the gas station I worked at. I must have met at least 5 Cobber alumni as they were passing through the small town of Blue Earth, MN.”
“While traveling in Norway. We were told if we wanted coffee after dinner we were to go upstairs! As I stood in line, another lady put her hand out to get her cup and there was her Concordia ring! We shared our rings and we actually had both graduated in 1961!”
Kara D. J.
“On a sailboat on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia! A man came up to me and said, ‘You must be a good Scandinavian Lutheran,’ then proceeded to show me his ring! Crazy. Such a small and amazing world.”
“When I was on tour with The Concordia Choir in 1983 and 1984. We saw so many rings along the trail. It really is a small, interconnected world! It was interesting learning about all the different stories.”
“At the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam. But also one day when I was in college visiting my mom at her work in the Twin Cities, a guy came in for a meeting, saw my ring and insisted on a Cobber fist bump.”
“One of my patients. He dated my grandmother in college and I wear her ring now. Crazy to think those rings had been in the same room before almost 70 years ago.”
Lynn L. G.
“We moved to the Chicago area and on our first visit to a new church, the pastor, Gary O., and his wife, Shay O., were both wearing them! Needless to say, we JOINED this church.”
Darcy G. D.
“At a café in Paris.”
Katrina C. S.
“The United States Capitol Building.”
Cathy B. D.
“Maui on our honeymoon!”
Diana O. A.
“Interviewing for a job at Reader's Digest in Pleasantville, NY. I got the job!”
“Our 2015 May Sem class ran into a 1991 grad at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece!”
Stefne L. B.
“On a canal tour boat in Amsterdam. We graduated 29 years apart.”
“When I was going into surgery. He was the nurse anesthetist.”
“In a dental chair. My dentist! He’s awesome!”
“Seoul, Korea, when I taught overseas.”
Karin G. N.
“Nobel Peace Center, Oslo.”
Sandy K. L.
“On the Tube in London when I was living there.”
Nicki C. W.
“The apparel market in Dallas.”
Eleanor B. H.
“On a bus in Switzerland! Fun times when you wear a Concordia ring!”
“On a random hike in Rainier National Park.”
Elizabeth N. P.
“Target in Seattle (I live in ND and was on vacation).”
Amanda S. R.
“At a job interview in Minneapolis. (I got the job.)”
“Caribou Coffee. Three generations of Cobbers. One graduated in 1960 (wife graduated in 1961) and the other woman graduated in 1979. Then there's me, graduated in 2011 and we never met before that day.”
“At St. Phillip's Lutheran Church in Carmel Valley, CA.”
“At a church conference in San Diego. We have now been married 51 years, right Claudia Richman Nelson '64?”
Catherine J. O.
“Last week in Venice, Italy! My husband was wearing his Concordia football jacket and a man stopped us and showed us his Cobber ring!”
“At the iHop near the MOA at the walk to end hunger.”
John D. Jahr
“Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park at an elevation of 10,000 feet.”
Jill O. T.
“Cancun, Mexico. Shopping at a flea market!”
Annette G. S.
“This past summer in London. What a fun connection.”
“At a Cracker Barrel in Little Rock, Arkansas.”
Kathy R. L.
“On a Pink Jeep Tour in Sedona, AZ!”
Kelly A. B.
“In line at a water park in Orlando.”
“On an airplane on the way home to Minnesota from New Jersey.”
“The hiking trails on Madeline Island in WI.”
“JökulsIárlón Glacier Ice field in Iceland!”
Muchelle L. L.
“Passport office in Stanford, CT.”
“Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico.”
“At the White House!”
“A local gym class in Denver, CO!”
“Airport in Tokyo.”
Linda S. F.
“Most memorable encounters were at Akershus Castle in Oslo, Norway, back in 1971 and at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta last October when our group of 6 Concordia alumni wanted a photo taken. We asked a young lady and she turned out to also be a Concordia alum!”
“Most recently at a Halloween party! Fully costumed and was asked, ‘Are you a Cobber?’ We immediately hugged!”
“Craziest planned gathering: Bangalore, India. Unplanned: several small towns in good ole Montana.”
“ICU at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. I was charting away on the computer and a lady saw my ring from afar and ran up beside me and said, ‘You’re a Cobber too! Me too!’ and then she hugged me. Also in England and Norway on the train and in a shop in the city centre.”
“While living in Jacksonville, Florida, I attended a training for Junior Achievement and the program manger had attended Concordia. #gocobbers”
“At a spring training game for the Minnesota Twins in Fort Meyers, Florida. I put my hand up on the back of the seat next to me and the guy in the row behind me was also wearing his Cobber ring.”
“Standing in front of the Statue of David in Florence! I also just heard a story of one of my fellow teachers running into other Cobbers in the Uffizi gallery, also in Florence.”
Shaine R. R.
“I attended a small Lutheran Church in Murphys, California. Two of the members were fellow classmates of ’86.”
“Airport in Sweden.”
Elizabeth S. O.
“At the GABF in Denver. He was an alumni from 2006. Best part, I was with my Concordia roommate!”
“Ambato, Ecuador! Kris and Shed Waskosky were living there and I was on a medical mission trip.”
“At a shop in the Agora in Athens, Greece.”
“In the Iceland airport! He graduated in ’78 coming home from Norway, wearing all Cobber gear!”
“At an International Lutheran Church in Seoul, South Korea.”
Michelle R. K.
“Train station in Oslo, Norway, and the OK Bar in Stligman, AZ! Both amazing stories!”
“Holding on to a subway train pole in Tokyo.”
“At daycare dropping off my children, I found another Cobber dropping off his children!”
“Train ride from Copenhagen to Hamburg; three of us in one train car!”
Jesse M. S.
“A pub in England.”
Sherry S. A.
“FAME Cheer gym in Virginia Beach, VA.”
“In-N-Out Burger – L.A.”
“On the streets in D.C.!”
“In a Boston Panera!”
“At a Buddhist temple in India!”
Lois K. B.
“On vacation in Jamaica.”
Amanda W. M.
“State fair bus!”
“At the Denver zoo!”
Danyel Moe '17 is a content specialist at Concordia.