May 30, 2009

I'll be back

The friends I've made through blogging are scattered all over the world, and often I find it frustrating that I can't just pick up the phone and invite them to meet me for lunch, the way I do with my local friends. But the advantage is that no matter where I go, whether it's a major city or a small island, I have blogging friends -- wonderful people who take me out to lunch, show me where they live, and share their lives with me. Blogging has made the earth seem like a small and friendly neighborhood.

Now I'm leaving again for another trip -- the last adventure of my sabbatical. It's time for the biennual gathering of the Friendly Green Folks. I'll spend a whole week at that conference, hanging out with old friends, hearing great speakers, joining some bloggers for a roundtable, and exploring Beautiful Island in the Country to the North. Then I'm visiting a friend, meeting up with a blogger, and exploring City Where Frasier Lives before flying farther down the coast for a vacation with my husband. Our 25-year wedding anniversary is this August, and we've decided to celebrate a little early.

I'll be offline for three weeks. I'm not bringing my laptop because I don't want to leave it locked in the trunk of a rental car while I'm hiking; I'm too worried about heat damage. Besides, sometimes it's more relaxing to get away from the computer. I'll be thinking about my blogging friends, though, especially at the conference, where I'll be coercing Friendly Green Folk to pose naked. I'll return late in June with photos to post and stories to tell.

If you're trying to guess which state my husband and I will be visiting, the title to this post is a clue.

24 comments:

elswhere said...

Aah, so close and yet so far! I don't suppose you could make a little detour to Country to the North's Coastal City with Lots of Filmmaking And a Monorail, somewhere in there?

In any case, have a wonderful time!

sherry said...

Just tell those people posing for photos to "give me your clothes."

Cheesehead said...

Happy Early Anniversary! Our 25th is in December, and we are flying off to the Place Where They Film Lost.

I'll be in "I'll be back" state, too. One month from today to move WonderGirl there for college but if I talk about it too much I'll break down, so that's all I'll say.

Jodie said...

Even further down on a beach called 'black', they don't even mind if you take off your clothes...

Don't forget to drink the wines.

And if you make it to the island where the buffalo roam with a chewing gum mansion and a casino on the bay, wave to the North and I might see you and wave to you back.

lizardek said...

3 weeks without you? O! the humanity! Have a great trip :)

Songbird said...

Have a lovely trip!

Brigindo said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip. Have a great time but know that we'll miss you.

sko3 said...

What? I GUESS you don't live and blog for my entertainment, but it sure would be nice if you did.

have a great trip.

Seeking Solace said...

Have a wonderful time!!!

Jennifer (ponderosa) said...

Wishing you many grand adventures! I'll miss reading your posts.

Magpie said...

Have a splendid time.

bsouth said...

Have a great time, I'll look forward to your return.

Queen of West Procrastination said...

Good thing it's only "Friendly Green Folk" that you're coercing to pose naked. I'll have to keep mentioning that I'm a historian.

Jenevieve said...

I'll be in that state, too! Wish I was close enough to strip for the blog!

Rev Dr Mom said...

Have a wonderful trip! We'll miss you, but we'll be looking for the naked blog pix when you get back!

liz said...

I will miss you and will probably be checking here everyday out of habit.

Have a lovely and relaxing trip and bring back lots of pix and stories.

landismom said...

Have a great trip, jo(e)! We'll miss you!

Madeleine said...

Have a wonderful time!

I think Sherry wins a prize for her comment.

I'll also be in That State near the end of this month. Maybe I'll see you in City Where Vertigo Takes Place. (I am wishing that movie wasn't so scary because it would be a cool way to introduce my daughter to a bunch of places we hope to see while we're there.)

BrightenedBoy said...

The idea of not reading a new post from you for three weeks is rather alarming. I think you may have just ruined my summer.

Have fun, we'll have the archives to tide us over until you get back.

BeachMama said...

Enjoy your time on the Island, it is beautiful country out there. And your time away from the computer, it's always good to take a bit of a break.

RageyOne said...

Safe travels! Enjoy your time!

Jackie said...

Yikes, three weeks with no jo(e) posts? I'm sure you'll have a beautiful blogging vacation, and we'll be eager to hear all about it when you get back!

seekingservant said...

Say 'hi' to the Governator, but don't 'stick around' too long!

julieunplugged said...

My home state! Have a fabulous time. And congrats on your annvy early. Thinking of you a lot these days. Looking fwd to catching up when you get back.