October 13, 2007

Blogger meet-up

Blogger meet-up

The two women in this photo are naked.

Oh, okay, not really.

Yesterday, I met Second Grade Teacher for the very first time, and I had fully intended to talk her into a nude photo. But we met on the shore of Polluted Sacred Lake, where a gale force wind was churning the grey water into white caps and geese were gathering in groups to fly south. As you can see from the photo (or perhaps not, such is the nature of shadow photograph), it was a day for bulky winter clothing.

The sun was shining, despite the cold, and we walked along the pathway, talking the whole time, with the honking of geese a backdrop to our conversation. It always takes me a while to get used to the weird disconnect of meeting a blogger. We'd start telling each other bits about our lives – and we'd keep interrupting, "Oh, yeah, I think I read that on your blog."

It was fun, of course, to talk about other bloggers we've met, hear the stories behind some of our own blog posts, and talk about other blogs we've read. We re-hashed some of the latest happenings in the blogosphere like old friends talking about a novel they've both read. We connected, of course, over parenting issues, both of us acknowledging how hard it is to let our kids go as they grow up.

After the walk in the wind, we were both grateful to slip into a booth in an Indian Restaurant, where we ate a delicious meal, sharing food and talking. After lunch, we parted reluctantly, each heading back to our busy lives: she was driving to a wedding shower, and I was going home to a house full of children.

15 comments:

Yankee T said...

Color me jealous. A jo(e) meetup is on my list of must-do activities.

Cathy said...

Oh my gosh, I know you must have talked about ME! ;)

Two of my favorite bloggers who live in a climatologically VERY DIFFERENT place than me.

Never seen snow. I'm just saying..

jo(e) said...

Cathy: You really must come visit in February.

julieunplugged said...

Some of my best times have been meeting online friends for the first time. If you are ever in Cinci, I'll undress for your blog. :)

Julie

jo(e) said...

Julie: I am going to hold you to that! (ArtistFriend lives near Cincinnati, so you know I'm bound to come out there eventually ....)

listie said...

Sorry I couldn't join you (sigh). Maybe next time.

Patti said...

We missed you, Listie! There will be a next time...maybe after snow. Jo(e), that picture makes my butt look big, we should have stripped...

Songbird said...

My day is coming! My day is coming!

Songbird said...

And just to be clear, I meant for meeting jo(e), not for posing nude.

jo(e) said...

Songbird: I'm looking forward to meeting you. You know, I think your husband would be willing to pose nude for the blog -- what do you think?

Patti: Sorry about the angle. It's funny how tiny our heads are -- and how wide our legs look. I think I bear a passing resemblance to the Jolly Green Giant in this photo. That's the fun of shadow photos; it's like those crazy mirrors they have at the boardwalk.

YourFireAnt said...

Only a truly evil blogger (TEB) would invite someone to visit here in February.



FA

Songbird said...

Well, I guess you would have to ask him, jo(e). But it looks like he won't be back yet.

Anonymous said...

There are several things generally accounted as standard of masculine attractiveness: Smooth, hairless skin displaying well developed (as opposed to overdeveloped) musculature beneath, symmetry, and lastly, but certainly not leastly, a full head of hair.
Somehow I don't think my hairy back and bald spot would be anything your readers would wish to see.

Pure Luck

jo(e) said...

Pure Luck: Hey, I've seen photos of you -- so I know you've got great legs.

I think my readers would just love a nude shot of you!

And of course, your wife and I would have great fun setting the photo shoot up ....

Pure Luck said...

Thank you for the kind complement jo(e). With the exception of that one disembodied leg, your nude photos seems to consist mostly of backs and heads which, as I noted previously, might not be accounted my best (nor scenic) features.

As for getting pictures emphasizing my legs (features with which I am more pleased) I will leave that as an exercise for your powers of persuasion over the Songbird.