So, I’ll be honest with you… I get really nervous before meeting folks from vox in person for the first time… like really nervous. Why? I don’t know, I just do – nervous and excited.
During the tour, one of the legs of our journey took us from where my sis lives (western Maryland) to northeastern Virginia. So I was nervous and excited to write Java Janie to see if she and any available “P’s” were available and interested in meeting for lunch* — and they were! Now both Janie and Grandma-P have already posted about it, but I’m going to, too…
The Beloved and I pulled into the parking lot, and there was Janie – and it’s a weird déjà vu feeling of “I know her!” – I guess because you really do! Grandma-P joined us and we had a fun lunch at a Mexican restaurant. It really is amazing – we fell right into conversation like old friends. Steve (the Champ) made a Herculean effort to break away from work and join us (thanks Steve!) towards the end of our time at the restaurant.
We also invaded Gary’s workplace for a while so that we had a chance to say hi in person (he wasn’t able to get away for lunch when we were meeting…). Three hours went by incredibly quickly and it was a bit of a bittersweet so-long (various duties and drives were beckoning), b/c I think we could have gone on and on for several more hours.
People have occasionally asked me – well, what is blogging good for? — and I can tell you, if doing this can lead to making friends like the “Ps”, its well worth the effort.
*Ironically, a day or two before, I’d helped Janie craft a “thanks, but no thanks” response to someone from vox (that she didn’t know that well at all) that had wanted to get together. I was immediately worried that she might turn my own words against me!! ;)