Been a cool few days, nice holiday weekend, staycationing at the casa. Haven’t done anything of much import, oh, except for hanging out with some really cool people and meeting some more really cool people. Amazing. Because when Web 2.0 slides into Life 1.0, the results are never guaranteed. Don’t believe me? Let me tell you the match.com stories… brrrrrrr! Sorry, flashback, that was bad. Anyway, as you can see from the wonderful marriage I have with the Bob, overall the internetz have been pretty reliable about delivering good peoples into my life. In fact, we’ve both been lucky like that. And I could actually say that this little bloggity thing we’ve got going on here has introduced us to some of the best folks we could have met. Peoples who in a way know more about us than some of our family does. People who may be strangers by the old definitions but who in fact you already have a history with and knowledge of their lives. Really great folks. Thanks oh great gods of the ‘tubez… you’re too cool, really! Keep the goodness coming… no, really!
So, anyway, our most recent leg of the "Worlds Collide" tour started on Thursday evening, before our traumatic slam dance/moshpit experience at Sundown, when we met Doug & Cathy and most of the McCaughan tribe at VS. It was really funny because we told the folks there at Versus that we were there to meet the McCaughans, then I looked around and said "Hey! They must be here somewhere, because there’s Sarah and Noah." Sarah and Noah, ever unflappable, weren’t even phased by the random strange woman saying their names. These are really cool kids. Then, after I ID’d Sarah and Noah, up pops Doug. And I recognized him immediately. And once he stood us in the proper line – BobMissy07 – he knew us too. Yeah, we didn’t match out Twitter name at first, so he wasn’t completely sure. After some chitchat he took us downstairs to meet his better half, the lovely and talented Cathy. She is your trophy wife Doug… don’t ever forget it! In person, Cathy is just as funny and nice and friendly as she is on teh web. Hopefully we can spend some more time together… you are all wonderful! Your kids are great! Not enough nice to say about them. Wish we could have stayed longer, but the Bob’s diabetris had to be fed, and we had a date with Slamdance Fest 08. ‘Nother story, ‘nother time.
Our next stop on the tour was yesterday at the casa of Overtly Trite and her wonderful hubs D & son C for Meatfest 2008!!! We had a blast and we hope you will invite us back again sometime. The more RWP* the better, right D? And Retromoderns? You both rock, glad to meet the hubs finally and see you again Anna. Can’t wait until Oktoberfest! Chris & Maria – hope we weren’t too scary! And Pete – I have to say that I’m really glad I missed your wheatgrass-infused trip to LA (and Compton)! It’s right up there with our Crash-inspired adventure in Englewood and neither are something I ever want to repeat. We are looking forward to camping sometime this summer with all of you! You are all good peoplez, thanks for welcoming us into your group. We are much honored.
So, this tour is over, but we look forward to more. We want to finally make a Tweet-up, since we’ve managed to miss them all. Why? You ask. Well, because I want to finally meet CPKnoxify, PatrickBeeson, Whodini (who- amazingly- shares my birthday, who knew?), SuzyTrotta, and all the others that I have so much conversation with on Twitter. I also want to have another girl blogger get-together… so get ready Molly, Krisha, and Lissa Kay!
I think a lot of people who live here in ourfaircitybytheriver might be surprised to learn that Knoxville is in fact blessed with an amazingly vibrant and active online community that they’ve never even heard about. And those same people who don’t realize this world exists would also probably be surprised to learn that these cyber-relationships we are forming and have formed have the ability to become a very important layer of life. Not everything on the internetz is Porn, and not everybody on here is a geek living in their Mom’s basement, eating Cheetos and posting emo pictures on their Myspace page. Lots of things on the web are of the good, and friends you meet here are also excellent real-world life connections that you will come to treasure just as much. Well, okay, maybe not Billie and her comments over at Knoxnews.com, but everybody else I’ve connected with in online Knoxville has been just like all the people I know in real-time Knoxville. Friendly, nice, welcoming, and they all make up the answer to the question – Why do I like calling Knoxville home? But, it’s not just here. Because of this blogity blog blog blog thing, I’ve got friends all over. In Hooterville, in Grassy Fork, in Nashville, and all over the world. And, when you take the time to learn about other people through their blogs, you learn that the world isn’t really that big after all. Geography, race, ethnicity, none of that really matters a whole lot in this cyber-world we’re living in. We all have problems, frequently the same ones, and life really isn’t that different here than it is anywhere else. What blogging has really taught me is that no matter who or where you are, it’s always good to have somebody to talk to. Even if you aren’t talking to very many people. Somebody is listening. And sometimes that’s enough. Even though we live in a world where it’s become very easy to become disconnected and sometimes it’s hard to find the time or energy to create opportunities to meet people and form relationships, because of the power of the internet, we’ve managed to make some wonderful human connections. Thanks to all of you for becoming a part of our circle of life. We’re really glad we’re a part of yours too!