Over the years I've meet a number of on-line friends up close and personal. The Betsy Tacy list is widespread and we've a long tradition of meeting up with each other while traveling. One member turned out to live not 2 miles from me and we've become close friends and E-bay book partners.
I've only been blogging for a year, and have had one blog encounter, that proved to be most, most enjoyable. It too, was someone who only lived a few miles from me, proving that the Internet is as intimate a neighborhood as any small town.
Yesterday a Betsy Tacy friend was in town, so my E-bay buddy and I headed out to the wilds of suburbia. And we had the best time though we'd only meet once before in the briefest of circumstances. It was as if we'd been friends since childhood, known each other forever. No strangeness, no awkwardness, no shyness.
Odd isn't it, how hard it can be to make small talk at a party but how easy it is to connect with someone who is technically a stranger?