Not that I've ever tried it, but now I'm actually starting to appreciate the potential of Internet dating. The last few nights in Boston I met -- in real and actual person -- several of my favorite online D-community contacts, who turned out not only to be verifiably safe and sane, but also amazingly fun and interesting!
First off, Kerri Morrone of SixUntilMe is just as adorable as she sounds. Hard to believe that she's such a "hometown girl" (as she likes to say) with that knockout writing style of hers. You really do just want to hug her. I can hardly wait to see where she and her guy end up living and working. Their future's so bright, we're gonna need shades...
Secondly, Ms. E of Diabetes Rant is a real go-getter -- a confident and "out there" diabetic who knows Kerri and a number of other D-bloggers from way back when at Camp Barton. (I think I would have loved that camp; too bad about my late diagnosis). E lives in Boston, works in politics, and is very active in social and women's issues. Another One to Watch. She says she doesn't have time to post as much as she'd like. Capeesh.
Then Tuesday night over stuffed lobster at Legal Seafoods I laughed my @$$ off opposite Laura Menninger, aka the Glucose Goddess, the world's only known Specialized Diabetic Comedienne. Anyone visiting here regularly knows I'm a big fan, even though I've never seen her schtick on stage. Of course it's silly to don a pink wig and a crown of syringes and crack jokes about insulin. But what a relief to make light of this $$hit, ay? How wonderful to have someone dedicating themselves to manufacturing a little fun out of all this! I vowed to help her spread her cheer.
Finally, a few observations about Boston, with which my relationship to date has also been primarily Web-based:
* No privacy around the homes. Why no walls or fences for private backyards?
* Brown winter. Does the grass disappear so completely in other parts of the country as well? (asks a California girl)
* A great place to be Jewish.
* Dunkin' Donuts.
Ah, the wonder of bridging the gap between the Internet and real life!