In my anniversary blog, a few posts back, I talked about how in my year of blogging, I had been lucky enough to meet two really excellent bloggers: Thoughtsy from Thoughts Appear and Red of Doesn’t Speak Klingon. Well, my luck continues to grow, because I can now add one more blogger to the list of bloggers that I have actually met . . . Bluzdude from Darwinfish 2!
Bluzdude (pronounced “blues” not “bluhz” . . . I know, right? So weird!), contacted me a couple weeks ago and asked if I wanted to have lunch. We both happen to work in the same city and he is fond of playing “name that locale” when he sees me post my weekly whacked pictures of the tragic individuals who frequent this fine city of ours . . . usually wearing some type of stretchy leggings as pants. So much stretchiness. Sigh. Anyway . . . upon first email contact, I will admit that I was a bit nervous at first. Nobody I know in the blogging world had yet to meet Bluz and he was a pretty recent contact for me as well. Basically, he was an unknown entity. Although, despite his love of all things Steelers (Boo!), he seemed like a completely normal and nice guy, who did not seem the type to want to meet so that he could wear my skin as a coat or anything. But then again, it’s always the ones who “seemed like such a nice boy” next door, so what did I know.
Despite my trepidation, I decided “eh, what the hell?” and once I actually had a free day out of court, told him I would meet him for lunch. We picked a bar. In an alley. Of course. So things were really starting off well in the whole “safest possible way to do this” category of meetings. But don’t worry, once we decided we were going to meet and picked a locale, in an abundance of caution, I did actually ask him in an email if he was either a serial killer or an axe murderer. I figured it was like when you ask someone if they are a narc . . . they have to tell you, right? I imagined the same principles applied here. When he denied either owning an axe, nor having the cause to wield it at anyone, nor having ever killed anyone, let alone multiple people, I figured I would be completely safe! Phew. Close one. I’m all about safety, y’all!
Upon our meeting, I did lay down certain ground rules. See, I try to be as anonymous on my blog as possible. It is necessary for my job, along with the fact that absolutely nobody I know (except the hubs, of course) even knows of this blog’s existence. I must keep it that way and my anonymity must remain in tact. So, along those lines, I made him promise that he would not reveal any details about my name, profession, location, family, favorite color, pet’s name, shoe size or name of my high school crush. Or any other juicy details I might reveal in our chat at lunch. I may or may not have had my hand resting on the knife on the table whilst I made my demands. I will neither confirm nor deny any threats or coercion made at this time. For some reason, he readily agreed to my terms. Based on his post about our meeting, I would say
I scared him into compliance he kept his end of the deal.
We had a lovely lunch and talked about many things. From what I actually do for a living (yep, he knows specifics), to recent sightings we both have had of film crews who pretend we are D.C. because it is much cheaper to film here. We even took a picture of both of us together. He brought a real live camera and pulled it out, to which my immediate reaction was a very fearful “NO!” But then he asked if we could just take what has become my signature pose with my bloggy friends. I was completely down with that suggestion. So here we are . . . Bluz and Misty:
Aren’t we adorable? And yes, in case you are wondering . . . I do need a new pedicure, thank you. My feet were not expecting to be all paparazzied at lunch, so excuse their lack of preparedness for their photo opportunity!
So, thank you Mr. Bluz for not murdering me in a back alleyway. Oh, and of course for the delightful and entertaining company at lunch. It was a great suggestion and I’m glad we met up and broke bread! It will definitely have to happen again.
Speaking of meeting bloggers . . . in about two weeks time, New York City will be inundated with hundreds of female (and a few male perhaps?) bloggers for the annual BlogHer convention. Yours truly will be one of those bloggers! And as of a couple days ago . . . Johi of Confessions of a Cornfed Girl will also be there and will be my roommate. Holla!! So that makes me, Jen, Johi, Noa, Liz, Thoughtsy and Jules that I know of that will be there for BlogHer. This is gonna be epic!!
Are you going to BlogHer? Anyone else you know who is going? If you are even thinking about it, you should really come. It is going to be so much fun!