So, while in Europe, Feli and I ran into a couple from Australia (via New Hampshire). We chatted for a while, snapped a couple of pictures for each other (hey, when you have someone trustworthy, you want to take advantage of that).
In the end, I found out that the husband is connected to the Dartmouth Computer Science program and works with a professor that's also an ex-IBM'er. Anyway, since I've been looking into getting a Ph.D., he put me in touch with the professor (well, gave me his e-mail and mentioned that I may e-mail)
Well, I finally got around to sending off the initial "hey, I'm interested in chatting" e-mail. It only took me a week of hemming-and-hawing to decide how to word the e-mail. I've already heard back and he'd like to chat.
Pretty cool. I'll add more as it happens.