Those of you who blog, probably the majority of The LG Report’s readers, know that blogging is somewhat of a sub-culture.
One way to obtain readers (or “followers”) for your blog is to read, comment upon and sign up to follow other people’s blogs. If someone reads and comments upon your blog, it’s considered proper cyber etiquette to read and comment upon theirs. You show me yours, I’ll show you mine (but not behind the shed this time folks, keep it clean…)
As you wade into the roiling waters of this sub-culture, you begin to feel as if you personally know the individuals who share their lives and worldviews with you on a regular basis.
LG, for example, has come to “know” such wonderful and diverse people as Eva in Maine, Pearl in Minnesota, Kate in Arizona (although a Minnesotan at heart), Susan in the Boonies, KKelley (no, not a typo) in Texas, Linda in Arkansas, Carol in England, Fishducky in California, Sandra in Canada, Abe in Utah, Katie in Los Angeles, Desiree in South Africa, Bouncin’ Barb in South Carolina, Becky in California, Linda in South Africa, Rodney in New Hampshire, Karen in Mizzou and a few others whom LG will purposely skip in order to provoke them into posting an angry comment about the glaring omission (Admission: LG is just a comment whore in the brothel of the blogosphere.)
Until recently, LG had not met any of these fine folks in the flesh; they’ve all been merely virtual “buddies.” Sort of like your Facebook friends, only even more distant and superficial, if you can believe that. And LG knows you can.
LG has just returned from a trip to the Left Coast with Mrs. LG. He waited until now to tell you so that you wouldn’t burgle his house – not all readers are “friends.” Here's a picture from the balcony of LG and Mrs. LG's hotel room in California:
Pretty sweet, no? TRUE STORY: Years ago, LG stayed at this hotel on a business trip with a married colleague. When his wife called him the day before he was to fly home, she asked if he missed her and the kids. "Not really," he said, "I love this hotel and wish I could stay longer." Yes, absolutely true. Luckily, frying pans and rolling pins do not travel through phone lines.
Anyway, back to the original point. During this trip LG and Mrs. LG made live, in-the-flesh contact with none other than Bossy Betty, author of a truly exceptional blog which can be found by clicking HERE!.
Also, for those interested, you can flashback to The LG Report’s interview with Bossy Betty by clicking HERE!.
Yes, all the exclamation points are necessary. Please don't ask again.
LG reads Bossy Betty’s blog as regularly as he reads any. It’s exceedingly well-written and, in turns, funny and poignant. She also shows off her immense talent as a photographer and, occasionally, sprinkles a bit of culture on the unwashed masses with a poem or two. And not the kind that begin with “There once was a man from Nantucket...” [Which, as you might guess, is LG’s favorite opening line…hey, you can’t polish a turd.]
Bossy Betty [Note: Not her real name. LG will not betray her confidence, however, so we’ll use the pseudonym here] has been facing some daunting personal challenges as of late, which LG first learned by reading her blog. Bossy seemed a bit down-in-the-dumps (which is usually where LG does his clothes shopping), so when LG learned that he’d be going to California for a business trip, he e-mailed Bossy and made the audacious proposal that Bossy join LG and Mrs. LG for a meal on a Sunday. In an equally audacious manner, Bossy accepted.
And she didn’t even try to dictate the meeting spot. Bossy, she wasn’t.
So we met. And had a truly enjoyable brunch. Or lunch. LG is never clear as to how to classify that meal. His rule of thumb: “brunch” is simply "lunch" on a weekend. Although shouldn't it then be called "w-lunch?" Feel free to be the first to popularize the word "w-lunch" in your town, no need to even footnote LG. You're welcome.
Bossy Betty was witty and engaging and LG and Mrs. LG thoroughly enjoyed themselves. LG found Bossy to be somewhat as he’d imagined, but not exactly. Besides not being bossy in the least, she was exceedingly nice. And fun. And funny. She also gave LG and Mrs. LG some very cool greeting cards adorned with her stunning original photography.
So there’s a lesson to be learned here kids, although LG is not certain that he can articulate it succinctly. Perhaps it’s this: Don’t be afraid to take some chances by, for example, meeting in-person your heretofore imaginary cyber friends, it might turn out far better than you’d expect.
Bossy Betty, for one, is a delight. However, LG can’t yet speak for all of those other characters set forth in the list above, you might have to meet them for w-lunch to decide for yourself.
Here's a picture of Bossy Betty and LG after brunch/w-lunch. LG still has some of his prison work-release clothing, hence the orange shirt.
As always, thanks for stopping by, hope to see you back again soon!