In New Zealand, it’s 2degrees [of separation]

New Zealand silver jewelry designer Paula Martin told me there was a new mobile phone company on the South Island called “2degrees.” The business is called 2degrees, she said, because in New Zealand, everybody is two steps away from somebody they know–in comparison to the USA where there are six steps.

Image below: I apologize to the gentlemen in this photo, who has lived in Picton for decades, but whose name I have forgotten. I do remember the dog’s name is “Misty.” When Paula and I talked to him (with a tiny glimpse of the Marlborough Sounds in the background) it turned out that he knew Paula’s grandfather and father. “2degrees of separation,” Paula reminded me, with a knowing laugh.