This week for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop I chose prompt #5.) That one time you met your online friend in real life (was it everything you thought it would be?)
I know I wrote about this before but I’ll recap it again. I just started writing my blog in January. In February my friend Ange’, her friend Juanita and I went to Dallas, Texas for a conference. We were going to be there for 3 or 4 days and I had just started reading Angelia Sims Hardy’s blog Loving Living Laughing a few weeks before but I could tell but her writing that she was the kind of personality I would get along with. When I found out we were going to Dallas I sent her a message to see if she might want to meet. Our trip was pretty spur of the moment. Thankfully Angelia said yes!
We got to Dallas on Thursday morning and had a seminar that night and then went to a Karaoke bar that night. My friend Ange’ wanted to sing but I am NOT a singer so I said NO WAY! She had just about convinced me to do it when everyone decided it was time to leave. I (as well as everyone else I’m sure) was very thankful for them to say it was time to go.
On Friday night after our seminars all day Angelia had agreed to meet us at our hotel and we’d go out for dinner and drinks. She came to meet us and at our first face to face meeting I felt like I had know her forever! She is such a sweet and easygoing person. We had driven down in my friend Ange’s car which was smaller than Angelia’s (ironically they both spell their names Angelia) plus since she was from there we decided to let Angelia drive.
We went to a really neat Mexican restaurant called Uncle Julio’s I think. There was a little bit of a wait but not too long and then we had yummy margaritas and great food. Afterwards we decided to go BACK to the Karaoke bar we had gone to the night before and Angelia was a good sport and drove us there. We had a great time talking and listening to everyone else until I let (yes, it was completely THEIR fault) them talk me into singing a song with Ange’. I had thought that Angelia and Juanita were going to sing with us but they didn’t. Angelia had to document my embarrassment with her new camera! Juanita just got to sit at the table embarrassed that she was with us!
Despite being completely embarrassed I did have a great time. I know myself well enough to know that I am NOT a singer and had no business up there. Did you ever watch that movie with Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz called My Best Friend’s Wedding? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTSBUUpoqRQ) You know the scene where she sings karaoke and might I add, awfully? Yeah, well she sang better than me! I’m glad that Angelia only had photographic evidence and NOT audio! You should be glad too.
That was the only time we got to spend together but I think we had a great time and I can’t wait to see her again.
I also had the privilege of meeting Trisha (from Hadessah Speaks) but she no longer blogs. We met her when we went to Orlando in October. Hubby and I had lunch with her. It was really nice meeting her too. I did enjoy her blog and feel badly that she felt that she had to stop. I do have a couple of pictures of meeting her. Hopefully I’ll get to see her again if we go back to Orlando next year.
In December we plan to go to Philly for our anniversary and I am looking forward to meeting Ron from Vent for dinner or drinks. I love Ron’s humor and I already feel like I’ve known him forever and I know we are going to hit it off. I’ll be sure to take pics so I can share when I get back.
So far that’s all the bloggers that I have met in person, except of course for my lovely sister, SuziCate. We had a picture taken in August that we said was just for our blogs. I can’t leave her out since she got me started blogging although I have known her for her whole life… literally. How about YOU? Have you ever met any of your online buddies? How did it turn out for you?