I started blogging five years ago and became friends with two wonderful women, Tracy and Ashley. Tracy and Ashley are friends with each other even though Tracy lives in California and Ashley lives in Minnesota. (This is the same Ashley I visited last year.)
My first blogger meetup of all time was with Tracy when she visited New York in 2011. Seeing her in person cemented my love of blogging -- if blogging can facilitate making friends this sweet, it's worth pursuing.
Tracy and her charming husband Ian are visiting New York. Last night, they invited me to join them for their 25 wedding anniversary celebration. They didn't have to ask twice!
The party was at a bar in Brooklyn that's so cool it doesn't have any signs. You just have to know where it is and tentatively push open a non-descript metal door. Inside, hipsters and young folk are drinking PBRs and (my favorite) Mother's Milk Stout.
We celebrated with an eclectic crowd. Tracy and Ian have a wide variety of friends from all walks of life and all ages. During the night, I chatted with a comedian from Canada, a canine-officer from New Jersey, a lesbian in law school, and a college kid with no clue about his future. It was fun.
Tracy, of course, was the draw. Her brother Brian told me that Tracy has always been popular and you instantly sense why: she's bubbly and gregarious. And drop-dead gorgeous. Tracy herself later confided that she was a cheerleader in high school. Her hubby Ian is equally charming, with good looks, big muscles and dozens of tattoos. Ian plays music in a band and writes about baseball. He's one of the cool kids. :-)
Together, Tracy and Ian are a power-couple. They charm the pants off you and then you realize you're not wearing pants. Oops! They brought a vegan anniversary cake to the party since they're long-time vegetarians. Despite everyone's apprehension, the cake turned out to taste good.
Afterward, we walked a gazillion miles in the rain to get pizza at a fabled place; it had a sign saying, "Pizza, It's Not Just For Breakfast Any More."
I have blogging to thank for introducing me to this sparkling couple. Which is why, next month, I'm flying to Vancouver, Canada to meet even more bloggers. If you have the chance to meetup with other bloggers, go for it!