Posted by: chlost | June 12, 2011

Strangers no more

One of the best things about having a blog is getting to know the people who visit the site and comment. By reading the comments and the blogs written by those who comment, I feel as though I know those people. We tend to bare our souls on these blogs.  Sometimes we share things on our blogs that we would not share with friends outside the blog world.

Yesterday, my blog world and “real” world collided.  I met Mark, otherwise known as “The Idiot”. He and his son are in town as part of a father/son baseball tour.  We showed them the town-husband loves to give guided tours-and had dinner together.

"The Idiot" Mark and his son Tyler at dinner

It is a very odd experience to know so much about someone before meeting them. Husband had never read Mark’s blog. He has never read this blog (he only recently learned that I have a blog). Husband and Mark had a typical first conversation between people who have never met. Husband would ask Mark a question about his life. The odd part was, I knew the answer. It was as though I had met Mark long ago, and was introducing him to my husband for the first time. Except that I had never met Mark before either.

It is always interesting to see your city through the eyes of a tourist. Mark is from Texas. He and his son commented several times about the green grass and trees. They also were impressed with the downtown-the fact that people were out and about, that there were nice neighborhoods, that it did not feel dangerous. I appreciate my home town more after hearing their comments comparing it to their home.

Of course, they haven’t been here in the winter.




  1. How fun! Glad you all got to meet … I really enjoy getting to meet people I’ve become close to online. 🙂

    • This is the first time I’ve met a blogger friend. It was awesome to meet in person.

  2. How wonderful! I don’t know about you, but I never thought I’d meet so many terrific friends and writers when I began blogging. I hope you and Maaaaaahhhhk have a terrific time! Enjoy the weather, enjoy the visit!

    • I’m with you. I never even considered the possibility of making such close friends through blogging. It is amazing. We did have a good time.

  3. Thanks again for the wonderful visit my friend! We had such an awesome time. The kid doesn’t say much, as you noticed, but he was real impressed as well. He said “How come our lake doesn’t look like that?”….. He really liked the UM campus as well…….hmmmmm……I might have to ship him North come College time! Tell the husband we really loved the tour. He could do well as a spokesman for the Twin Cities area. As you probably guessed, we froze to death at the Twins game…… I have never shivered so much in June in my life! We now proudly own our own Twins sweatshirts though. Will wear them at the Saints game and in Fargo for sure!

    • I hope you enjoyed yourselves. My husband loves to do the tours, but sometimes he gets a bit carried away. Believe it or not, that was the abridged version.I’m so glad that Tyler liked the campus. It would be wonderful if he decided to come here for college. I’d watch out for him for you and D’aun. Glad you found a way to stay warm at the game.

  4. Meet and greets with blog buddies is more like a reunion than a meeting. So glad you all had such a great time.

    • Reunion-that is exactly right! We enjoyed meeting… I am in the mood to meet more blog friends!

  5. We got ‘m tomorrow. Sounds like you guys did a swell job showing the around Minneapolis. Tomorrow they get the St. Paul experinece. Burgers at the Nook and a Saints game.

    • You guys have fun, okay? St. Paul will be fun. Wish I was a mouse in the corner to see your version of the tour. Take care of them!!!

  6. You are so lucky to have the opportunity, as are Mark and The Kid, to meet each other in real life. Blogging is a wonderful thing and I’m glad to be making new friends in this cyber world. October will be here before we know it.

    • I am certainly looking forward to meeting another blog friend! Enjoy the first summer of retirement!

  7. Sounds like you all had a great time. (I still need to email you about us getting together!!) My son loves going to the U of MN, great school. And my friends and I took in a Saints game yesterday, still a bit cool weather-wise; was glad I took along a jacket. We had so much fun at the game we’ve decided to take in another game in August and have a big tailgate party beforehand.

    Minneapolis is nice, but St Paul is much nicer! 🙂

    • I like Mpls and St. Paul for different reasons. I haven’t been to a Saints game, but everyone says they are a lot of fun. Guess I should get to one.

  8. I’m hoping to meet a couple of bloggers who live near me in Portland. That’s pretty cute that you were able to answer your husband’s questions about Mark before he did.

    • It was a very odd feeling. Let me know how your meeting goes with blog friends.

  9. I have met several bloggers and there is an intriguing bond – as if you’d been penpals first.

    • Perhaps we are all similar in some way-that we are willing to write about our lives for all to see-that makes it feel like a close relationship with someone we haven’t met.

  10. How exciting! This experience gives me something to look forward to one of these days!

    • Yes, I hope you get to meet some blog friends! If I were to travel your way, I’d stop in to see you!

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