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  • The Internet Is Awesome

    August 16, 2009

    Friday night I drove far far far FAR away from my home to have dinner with Screwed Up Texan and Amy who writes Living Locurto.

    I had never met either of them before, but chances are, if you read someone’s blog, you probably know more about them than people who really know them know about them — it’s just that you’ve never actually met them.  Diagram that sentence, I dare you.

    Anyway, we had a delightful time sharing stories and chatting about all things blogging and everything else.  We discovered that we are all three artists and photographers, share a similar world view and we all three have children about the same age.

    I also thought it was interesting that if you round up a smidge, we are all just about 10 years apart —  30, 40 and 50 — interesting but insignificant.  That’s what I love about the internet — it neutralizes the usual barriers like age, race, region, religion, economics, education and all the other silly ways in which we divide ourselves.

    I’ve done a number of blogger meet-ups in my four years of blogging and I always come away feeling like I’ve found some long lost members of my tribe, that I’ve found people who understand why I do what I do.  Some of those gals whom I’ve met through blogging, and you know who you are — they  are some of my best buds. I know I can count on them.

    I think that is just an amazingly cool thing, to connect with awesome people whose path you would never cross in real life.

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    Screwed Up, Loco Locurto and Crazy Old Lady

    I was glad when I uploaded the pictures and discovered they were actually blurry and it wasn’t just that one itty bitty glass of wine I had with dinner.

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    This is what photographers do when they go to dinner.

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    Aren’t they cute? Go read their blogs.

    16 Comments »

    1. Amy @ Living Locurto says:

      Oh, that was fun. I had the best time! It was neat to find out we have a lot of the same blog friends and didn’t know it:-) Thanks for traveling far far far away. It was a pleasure meeting you in person!! Yay!

      August 16th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    2. Screwed Up Texan says:

      Had fun meeting you as well! Lets get together again soon! Can’t wait to get to know more about you!

      August 16th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    3. Blog Antagonist says:

      Oh I know! I met a blogging acquaintance today too, and it was like we were long lost friends reuniting after a long absence instead of virtual strangers to one another. We talked for THREE HOURS. I’ve met a lot of folks too, and I’ve never had a bad experience. Some were better than others, but I always came away feeling enriched by the experience.

      August 16th, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    4. suzanne says:

      Oh, how we need to have a Texas meet up maybe in The Woodlands or somewhere central! That would be so much fun!! Ya’ll look so cute!!

      Suzanne

      August 16th, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    5. Roxanne says:

      Oh. . .how fun!!! Can’t wait to have our own little meet up some day. 🙂

      August 17th, 2009 at 12:19 am

    6. Especially Heather says:

      Oh how awesome! I know that when I met you in real life, it was like we had known each other since birth!

      The internet is funny like that.. 🙂

      -H

      August 17th, 2009 at 8:10 am

    7. edj says:

      Why don’t you ever come meet me? Just put in those hours on a plane instead of a car…the world is small and I am LESS than halfway round it! 🙂

      * * *
      THAT is my dream. You are one of my very favorite bloggers ever since I started blogging. Or! You could come see me. I’ll show you where to step so you don’t get into the fire ants.

      August 17th, 2009 at 8:31 am

    8. Julie at Elisharose says:

      I recently got to meet in person one of my bloggy friends and it was so much fun! She was everything I thought she would be. Yes, the internet can be a wonderful thing.

      August 17th, 2009 at 9:07 am

    9. We are THAT family says:

      Oh, how fun! I’m just a few hours from you guys!

      August 17th, 2009 at 9:19 am

    10. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect says:

      “It neutralizes the usual barriers” – that is so true, and so awesome! I’m glad you had a fun visit!!

      August 17th, 2009 at 9:28 am

    11. Iota says:

      Head a little further north, and come and see ME! No fire ants here.

      August 17th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    12. france59 says:

      Love this! I met some people I had been talking with virtually through a chat board and it was amazing! I’ve never met other bloggers. In fact, my blog is fairly young. But your pictures look like you had a great time and I hope someday to meet up with fellow bloggers myself. I’m sure you had the same feelings I did in meeting my chat board friends. And I like the idea suzanne had…a Texas blogger meeting!

      August 17th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    13. Baby Favorite says:

      The internet *is* awesome!

      I met some ladies 10 years ago when we were all expecting babies, due in September 1999.

      We have been through so much together — the death of parents, cancer in two of our ’99 children (one of which passed away a year ago, but thankfully the mom still updates us on her other children), disabilities in others, divorces, marriages, more children, natural disasters, 9/11…. you name it!

      Many of us have met in person over the years–many multiple times. My family evem stayed with another family for a week, thousands of miles from home! Another family spent three days at Disneyland with us, when they were out here vacationing.

      These women are who I turn to first when something big happens, even though I’m blessed with “real life” friends, as well. We just have shared SO much.

      The internet is really such a blessing. I can’t imagine how different my life would have been without it, especially in regards to my life as a mother.

      August 17th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    14. mannequin says:

      I feel out of place, I’m leaving.

      I never get to meet anybody, stuck here in the home of the York Peppermint Pattie.

      Anyway, looks like you all had a wonderful visit and it’s good you drove far, far, far, far away. Sometimes we all need to expand our horizon. Even in Texas.

      August 17th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    15. k&c's mom says:

      I vote we all meet in the geographic center of Texas. May not be a big town, but I’m sure they would have chips and salsa. What more do we need?

      August 17th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    16. france59 says:

      Googled it…the geographic center of Texas is Brady. And there do happen do be some restaurants that would make a great meeting place. Calling all Texas bloggers…

      August 19th, 2009 at 10:29 am

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