When I read in one of her December posts that Kitt Crescendo was in Syracuse, N.Y. because of her new day job, I started a back-and-forth in her comment section.
We already knew each other in the WordPress world, so I felt comfortable enough to give her a bit of grief for not letting me know before hand that she was visiting my home city.
No problem. Her training regimen would bring her back the first week of January, she said after we’d gone off the grid to email. I invited her to dinner when the time came because, well, isn’t a fine thing when this virtuality can become a reality?
Saturday night I sent a text down to her warm-weather home state advising she get ready for a cold shock. Pack wisely and warmly. We set Wednesday night for the dinner. When she arrived safely on Sunday, we texted through her beloved Cowboys’ comeback playoff win. Cool beans. Yes, she was happy heading into training.
Fast forward to Wednesday. Yeah, it was cold.
Not to worry as I sat working out of my living room recliner, though. Texts from Kitt confirmed we were still on.
When I arrived at the hotel after traversing the snow-slicked few miles from Little Bitty, the beloved home my dear wife Karen and I share in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood, I had already made an executive decision. We were going to eat in the restaurant there instead of driving downtown to the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Kitt readily agreed, and we were shown to a booth just across the way from a huge table from all the folks she’d been training with all week.
The proximity came in handy when Kitt called over a fellow also named Mark to take the photo above. Two, actually, one with each of our smart phones.
But not until we’d shared a leisurely meal of burgers, a glass of wine each and plenty of lively conversation. Kitt’s as cool as I’d figured.
When I told her the story about how Wynonna unexpectedly bowed to me when she discovered I was a music critic a past job and some decades back in Nashville, Kitt told me the story about how Andy Griggs and her unexpectedly became fast friends when she helped him out with some phone troubles while holding down a previous job and a bit back.
She told me how this new company is a really solid organization to work for and how tough it was to be let go from that previous employer. I told her about my sad layoff, my rewarding freelancing gigs and the frustrations of interviewing numerous times without yet scoring the fulltime job for a new company that’s a really solid organization.
She told me how a veteran fantasy romance author had taken her under her tutelage and given her such steady and wise guidance when she started writing her novels, and I talked about how the sports book I co-wrote about Syracuse University basketball and football with my longtime friend and knowledgable reporter and book writer — yes, I presented her with a signed copy, knowing she’s a sports fan — had a bit of a short shelf life, looking back on things.
We both allowed how we like the way the other converses with followers on our blogs, and the easy way we approach our blog writing.
It was like talking to a friend I’ve known for a long time. But it was the first time we’d ever met. This WordPress blog world is special that way, I am ever more certain.
Before I knew it, 2 1/2 hours had gone by, my yeah-it’s-winter knee joints were getting a bit stiff, and it was time to point the Chevy Cruze back into the snow and blowing snow.
Some time today, Kitt’s flying back home to her husband and much warmer weather. Safe traveling, my friend. It was really good to see you.
Have you met anybody from Blog World in person, and if so, how did it turn out? Do you want to meet a blogger, and if so, who and where would you like to meet? Name any writer you’d like to meet and the subject you’d choose for the conversation.