Friday, January 29, 2010

blog wars

"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened."

Not quite, Obi-Wan.  Nothing terrible happening here.  But there certainly may have been a disturbance in the Force.

Babs and Steve finally met.

In truth, we met last week briefly.  But this is the first documented sighting at breakfast.  Almost as if Dorothy Parker and Alexander Woolcott were dining again at the Algonquin -- simply waiting for the rest of their party to arrive.

The blog community is an interesting group.  We are almost like old school chums.  We know a lot of secrets about each others' lives.  We know our likes.  Our dislikes.  Our peculiarities.  What we don't have is knowing one another in person.

Of the blogs I read, I have only met three authors.  But I certainly know the others from their writing.

We all experience the same anxiety, though.  We really like a person on line, but we wonder if they will be the same in person.

Babs is exactly what you expect -- but more.  Gracious.  Funny.  Laughing.  And nice.  Nice beyond almost anyone you could hope to meet.

We immediately started talking about our lives and the lives of fellow bloggers as if we had spent 16 school years together.  We lauded some of our colleagues; laughed about others; worried about some.  You cannot buy that type of comradeship.

We both had other obligations.  When our hour was up, we had barely touched the surface of most topics.

I promised her that I would see her in San Miguel de Allende before I return to Oregon for my 6-month hiatus.

That is a promise I will keep.  Because the Force needs to be disturbed now and then.


Mic said...

You both look a little fuzzy. Were you trying for incognito or do my eyes need to be checked?

Happy to hear you had a delightful meeting :-)

Michael Dickson said...

Babs is a good gal.

Anonymous said...

I'm so proud of your expanding your social skills. In person conversation is a wonderful way to do that, Steve.

Now, if you can learn not to talk to the images on the silver screen as if they were family, you will really be making progress. (and without medication of course)

I'm rooting for you.

A. N. M.

Mike Nickell and Cynthia Johnson said...

YEAH!!! I have been waiting and waiting to hear about you and Babs meeting. I'd love to meet her myself...maybe some day.

p.s. You both look great...I can see that Mexico does agree with you.

Joe S. said...

Where is this lush poolside courtyard located? Is seems nice.

Charles said...

Steve - if anyone could create a disturbance in the force, you and Babs would be the two that could surely pull it off. Glad you hooked up...just from reading both of your blogs I know it was an instant connect. (I'm not so sure that Sr. Felipe was not lurking in a corner booth gathering material for a future tale!) Best to you both - looking forward to sitting on a bench in the jardin with either or both of you solving the world's problems...

jennifer rose said...

Enough about you and Babs! What did you discuss about us?

Steve Cotton said...

Mic -- Like Nora Desmond, we demand a soft focus. In truth, I think the waiter simply did not know that the camera would focus itself.

Felipe -- Delightful is the word that pops to mind.

ANM -- But the silver screen continues to talk back to me.

Cynthia and Mike -- It was worth the wait. We had met earlier in the month, but I wanted to do a formal piece -- because the two of us are such formal people. Hah! (As Babs would say.)

Joe -- It is the courtyard of the Posada Cervantes. A great place to stay and eat.

Charles -- The meeting was everything everyone thought it would be.

Steve Cotton said...

Jennifer -- You will need to show up at one of my breakfasts with Babs to hear all the good stuff. Some things are too good -- even for the blogosphere.

Babs said...

Ha Steve you beat me to it.......I've been too busy riding the waves at Tenacatita, looking for the circus tent and gettin y car repainted for $142 US to be able to read blogs.....BUT I'll thrown y cents worth in next week when I'm home. Thanks for all the nice words!
From you and everyone.......I have enough fodder for the next month's blogs!

Steve Cotton said...

Babs -- I bet you do.