I'm not sure how much I can add after Brookem's wonderful account of our get together. As you can see I look totally bizarre due to my freaky, random pose which randomly occured - Brookem looks delightful.
Hanging out with Brookem was great fun. It was the second time I had the chance to meet with a blogger and both have been so terrific. Brookem is an amazing person - I did consider showing up in a fireman uniform but I opted for my favorite, jeans and a t-shirt.
I really am in awe at how a community of friends can form in a so-called virtual world. I have been around computers a very long time, nearly 30 years. When I was in high school geeking it up on the PDP-11 with a computer that served 4 workstations with only 32k of RAM and no hard drive, just dual 8" floppy drives, I'd never have imagined that all these years later, that computer could link humans, emotionally. Some of us have talked about this but it's worth mentioning again, there are genuine relationships developing here, real friendships. Heck, it was just a couple of years ago when a young man in the UK starting chatting it up in Bloggerville with a young lady in Cali, USA and now they are married. Several of us joined together to celebrate the pending birth of a fellow blogger's first child. Bloggerville is an extension of the real world with real people.
This post has really strayed from talking about meeting Brookem but I really can't put it any better than she did so I though I would dig a little deeper into this blogger thing we've all got going on. I look back at all of my friends and think about what makes them people I want to know and spend time with and care about. I think that the same processes that we use to "pick" the people we call our friends are the same processes we use to connect with people we communicate with in the virtual worlds we partake in. I really am so grateful to have you all in my life my friends. I have a grandiose wish to meet all of you at some point or other and who knows, maybe we can get that summit together.
I have no idea if I am still making sense, so I'll leave it at that. Brookem, you rock! I look forward to seeing all of you.