Earthriderdotcom is up from Florida this week.
We’re part of this WordPress world that always comments on each other’s posts, so we’ve had a dinner planned for monnths.
Just 90 minutes prior, as happens, comes a wrinkle. My cell rings at work, but I can’t pick it up. As I walk down the stairs one hour before meet time, I listen. Angottis is closed Wednesdays. I call her back and suggest Rico’s Ristorante.
We all want Italian.
Back in the day, I called her Judy Berman, when I worked with her husband Dave at the big daily for 20 years while she worked at Central New York radio stations and newspapers and we all hung out together and talked lived news.
That’s what media types did in their 20s and 30s. Oh, yeah, sometimes we played softball and drank beer together, too.
Then we grew up and had families. I remember Judy bringing their little ones to those Saturday softball games sometimes.
Then they moved south some 15 years ago.
Dave still works in the newspaper industry, bless his heart, as a reporter for Florida Today. That’s good news. He was a talented editor at the big daily, and I suppose he was in Florida, too. The last decade, though, he, too, was touched by the industry shrinkage. Layoff. After eight months of freelancing, the same newspaper hired him back as a reporter. And he reports that he likes that change very much.
Judy changed her career to become a teaacher, but kept her hand in writing with her cool WordPress blog.
So there we sat at Rico’s, she and Dave and my dear wife Karen and I, and our fellow former big daily colleague Mark Murphy, talking old newspaper stories and new blog stories.
Sure, Dave recognized Karen from the days when she was stationed at the desk in the big daily lobby a quarter century ago. Judy recalled a police beat story for the Utica daily involving former Syracuse chief Thomas Sardino.
Mark, now a proofreader for Syracuse ad agency Pinckney Hugo Group and a blogger himself for another site with Murphy’s Craw, talked about writing an online profile as a favor, and how that site editor changed his lead without telling him before it was published. We all felt his pain.
Judy and I bellyached just a bit about how we’ve somehow both escaped the honor of being Freshly Pressed by the WordPress editors. How could that be? My shoulder may still ache a bit from patting myself on the back about how far I believe I’ve grown as a blogger since February 2013.
We talked about how much we like doing this.
Dave enjoyed sharing how their grandson gets a kick out of noting how people from so many different countries read Judy’s blog.
We smiled, and laughed, and the hours went by like the time between the first edition and final deadline.
Here’s the link to Judy Berman’s Earthriderdotcom blog.
Here’s the link to Mark Murphy’s Murphy’s Craw blog.
Have you had dinner with any of your blogger friends? Were you friends in real life first with any of your blogger friends? Would you pick Italian or Chinese to eat with your blogger friends?