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.
Labels: Blogtopia, good friends, yummy food