Pleasant Valley is such a benign name. The Monkees even have a song about it. I'm sure there are a thousand Pleasant Valleys. Pleasant Valley, Maryland -- MY Pleasant Valley -- is, however, one of those weird nexuses (nexi?) that generates coincidences.
I just found out via a tangental comment string on Nathan's blog that John the Scientist grew up near there (not technically in PV, one valley over, between Sharpsburg and Keedysville) and graduated from Boonsboro High.
Here, John, is the location of my family home. As I said elsewhere, the farm was sold to a nice couple that were going to keep it as a farm. My parents were getting a bit claustrophobic when the dairy farm across the street was sold to a developer.
As my parents and siblings (and some childhood friends!) read and comment on this blog, I'll ask: do you guys remember anyone by the name of Roelkey/Roelke, Titus, or Cave (surnames connected to John the Scientist)?
This is not the first time I've found a random connection to PV. One of my coworkers' in-laws live in PV and have for the last 10-15 years. They live across the street from my elementary school. Rachel, my coworker, was actually living with them and working in DC at the same time that I was living at my parents' house and taking the same train in to DC to work. Needless to say, we were astonished when we discovered the coincidence.
It really is a small world after all.