Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Of Shellfish and Friends

On Sunday evening we had the privilege of meeting yet another denizen of Blogtopia, the one-of-a-kind Danny Wanny and his lovely wife, Red.

Danny is a fellow blogger (who blogs less frequently than his talents warrant but whatever), who is also a very good friend of the infamous Iwanski. I knew of Danny largely through Iwanski (and the now defunct "Iwanski/Winter Show") and esteemed him partly, I confess, because he was one of the first people to friend me on Facebook. So when he sent a message that he'd be in the area and would we be able to join them for dinner the answer was an unequivocal "I'll check the calendar".

We met at Salty's...a classic seafood restaurant on Alki beach with a commanding view of the Seattle skyline. It is a place none of us native Northwesterners had ever been. So that was fun. So was meeting Danny and Red.

It keeps happening, over and over; I meet these people who are virtual friends and there is nothing in the making them "real" that is remotely awkward or hiccupy. It is my contention, you see, that no matter what one's "schtick" may be bloggery-wise, it is impossible to keep your true self from shining through. So in reading a person you come to know him/her. And if you know him/her through his/her words, than meeting him/her in the flesh is not a shock. It is an easy and familiar thing. The foundation is already laid and it is easy to get right into a conversation about substantive and delightful things. These meetups are never so much about biographical details as they are taking up an on-going conversation with someone you already consider a friend.

We also arranged a marriage. Sure, his kid is a little younger than The Child but with her being an only child it has always been very important to me that her future in-laws be people with whom it will be easy to share holidays and grandchildren. It was nice to get that bit of business out of the way.

The food was excellent (hello? Dungeness crab mac and cheese? Heaven). The Spouse instructed Red on the best way to eat a alive-only-moments-ago crab.

Danny had oysters for dessert. The Child had this:We had an absolutely delightful meal. At one point The Child, laughing at another of Danny's bon mots, looked at me and gleefully declared, "I totally get him!". (Good thing, too, what with that whole future-father-in-law thing). The Spouse perused the post-prandial list and decided we'd do better with scotch at our place so they followed us home for a wee dram.

Friends are a gift and a blessing. And now we have yet another place to crash when next we invade Chicago. Life is good.

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Blogger sageweb opined...

Very cool...I can't get over how much The Child is looking like you more and more.

April 29, 2009 9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous opined...

Is her hair shorter or just tied back?

And I hope she remembered to save me some of that dessert.

April 29, 2009 9:23 AM  
Blogger Anne opined...

So, you get to move up another virtual person into real-personship. Cool. Looks like a fun time!

April 29, 2009 9:41 AM  
Blogger rosemary opined...

Same question about the child's hair....she looks very grown up...sniff. What great fun....hopefully some day soon I can get to Seattle too and we can "do lunch" or shop or just yak!! You all did wash hands and wear masks when not eating didn't you?????

April 29, 2009 11:07 AM  
Blogger Mom opined...

How lovely to actual meet people you already know. Looks like fun.

April 29, 2009 12:19 PM  
Blogger Buck opined...

That wedding is a terrific idea! It will be upon us before you know it.

April 29, 2009 1:40 PM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

True that, Sage. It gets more and more Doublemint Twins around here all the time.

Oh, oops, forgot to mention...The Child got a freaking fantastic kicky new hair cut. She looks awesome in it and, the big bonus is, she doesn't have to do much to keep it looking swell.

Anne, exactly. It's kind of a goal now.

I hope so, too, Rosie. I hope so, too. And we didn't wash our hands a lot but I did make Danny walk through the sterilization station and gown up before hugging him.

Twas very fun, Mom.

I know, Buck. You probably want to start working on composing the processional now. Time's a wastin'.

April 29, 2009 5:01 PM  
Blogger Miss Healthypants opined...

Ah yes, the Winters are quite lovely people, aren't they?? *smiles*

April 29, 2009 7:31 PM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

They sure are, MHP. Still kinda puzzling over how we didn't meet 'em last time but it's all good.

April 29, 2009 9:42 PM  
Blogger Iwanski opined...

Dan and Red are absolutely the finest people you could meet. I'd take a bullet for either of 'em.

April 30, 2009 8:14 AM  

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