The most unexpected part was that I bumped into Kat aka Madkitty while at the faire. It took me a good 3-4 seconds to place her since she was one of the last people I ever expected to see again. The last I had heard, she popped down under after her wedding and I was never sure she was going to come back to the US, much less chicago. To then bump into her at the renn faire at the one time of year that I'm in town is pretty remarkable. Near miraculous really.
Here's an old entry about Kat, just for the pictoral reference if nothing else.