Today, I had the privilege of seeing my long-distance friend Alison again as we passed through her hometown.
In addition, I met for the first time Alison's husband Dave and my blogging friend Will Travis Inman. This was so cool! Will Travis (he goes by either, so I'll use both to avoid confusion) tricked me in the parking lot because he looks very official in his uniform. He had me half-convinced that people from Albuquerque were not allowed to park at that restaurant. Until I saw his nametag peeping out from under his jacket. :-) I also met the very nice Inman family, including Will Travis's wife Sarah and his children. Though my daughter was just a wee bit overtired, she shared a good laugh with Seth, the other 6-year-old present.
Thanks to all of you for coming out to meet us. It's a really good feeling to know that we can connect with people of common interests all across the country, and that those people are REAL. Well, sometimes. :-) I acknowledge that I may discover someday that one of my female writer friends is actually a 16-year-old male with twelve separate internet identities.