Friday, June 08, 2012

A Laughter of Bloggers


What happens when a group of people who know each other only via their blog posts, comments, e-mails, and screen names finally gets together in person? And what would you use as a collective noun to describe such a group?

Well, based on yesterday evening's experience, I would say that the word laughter works in both cases.

Yesterday evening we took advantage of the presence of Mike being in town on vacation to organize a bloggers' get-together at a local watering hole.  The group consisted of Agnes and I, Mike and his wife Claudia, Peggy (whose husband Rick, hopelessly mired in traffic, didn't make it), and lapsed blogger Gilahi (whose wife and fellow blogger Laura was kept away by work). We spent a delightful couple of hours trading stories, comparing notes on how we got started with blogging, and generally sharing a lot of laughs ... hence my recommendation of a laughter of bloggers as a collective noun.

Gilahi and I have often gotten together before and know each other pretty well, but getting to know the larger group was tremendous fun. Peggy is a delightful lady, as entertaining in person as she is in her blog, and the personification of what-you-see-is-what-you-get, and Mike turned out to be almost exactly as I'd imagined him from reading him on screen (speaking of on screen, it finally dawned on me that Mike reminds me a bit of actor Ernest Borgnine ... an observation which will no doubt horrify him).

Agnes managed to get a partial group photo of us (less Gilahi, who thinks his photo in the post office is good enough) ...


And a great time was had by all.

If any of you find yourselves in the DC/Maryland/Northern Virginia area and are interested in a bloggers' meeting, send me an e-mail (der(underscore)blogmeister(at)yahoo(dot)com), and I'll try to set it up ... because just trading electrons is no substitute for the energy and good cheer of a group of real people intent on having a good time.

Have a good day. Support your fellow bloggers. See you tomorrow for Cartoon Saturday.

Bilbo

9 comments:

John said...

Sounds like a great time! Some day, my friend.

Amanda said...

Sounds like a wonderful meeting. Maybe you could all have an extra long meeting and get on a flight over here to Brisbane to meet me some day :)

Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

Sounds great! Maybe sometime I'll see my way up there.

KathyA said...

Ah -- so glad you all had a good time. And I can just imagine the laughter!

Duckbutt said...

It sounds like a great party! Have a great weekend also!

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Bill - it was so great to meet you and Agnes....the great woman behind the man! I would love to do this again. Great people and good time. Thank you again for putting this together. Now I have to find Dave on your side bar!!

Bilbo said...

John - next time, have Mike bring you along!

Amanda - New Zealand is on our travel bucket list, so maybe a side trip to Brisbane might work out in a few years...

Elvis - you know how to find me!

Kathy - too bad you couldn't make it ... we'll get together again soon, though!

Duckbutt - it was indeed great!

Peggy - So glad you could be there - it was wonderful meeting you! I took Dave's link off my sidebar because he hadn't updated in so long, but you can find him at http://gilahi-blog.blogspot.com/.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

So nice to see the faces of those bloggers I read practically daily; have a nice weekend.

Mike said...

A great time was had by all. But I can't wait to get back home and get back in MY chair in front of MY computer. ..... wait a minute.... who did you say I looked like?