Seriously, I mean it. I met Serenity. No, I didn't get her autograph, and no, I didn't get a picture, but I swear to God, I met her! You have to believe me!!
I really do feel like I met a movie star. She's like the Mack Daddy (um, Mommy) of bloggers. I find her writing to be heartfelt, honest, intelligent, and funny. And to think, Serenity and I actually KNOW eachother now. I even know her REAL name. You want to know it? Ok, it's uiadbv shvhhlfg. Don't tell her I told you.
As it happens, Serenity and I both work in downtown Boston, just a few blocks apart. In fact, when Mrs. Smarshy was still working, only about 6 months ago, they worked in the SAME building. So we decided to meet for lunch, and today was the day. I must admit, I was a bit nervous! Never had, or met, an internet friend before. I mean, what if she was a wacko? Or worse, what is she was a DUDE! And this whole thing was a farce! Or maybe she was with Dateline NBC, running a special about IF bloggers who scheme with eachother to meet up in various downtown locales. I'd go to shake her hand, and Stone Phillips would jump out from behind a plant. Busted.
So we decided to meet in front of her building. She told me what she was wearing, so that I would recognizer her. I got there at the appointed time, and I couldn't remember what she said she was wearing. My wife is right - I don't listen! So I was standing there, awkwardly, realizing that there were 3 or 4 young women within a 15 foot radius, and any one of them could have been her. I was about to go up to a woman and say "I'm Smarshy...Are you Serenity?", but just then I noticed a woman walking towards me and it was like we'd known eachother for months. It was clearly her. For those of you who are wondering, and for those of you who put value on things as superficial as looks, Serenity is beautiful. Confident, funny, charming. Very kind eyes, and a warm smile. Just as you'd expect.
We grabbed a sandwich and sat down to eat, and 90 minutes just flew by. Oh - and get this - she bought ME lunch! I protested, but it was done before I could stop it. And I didn't even have to put out!
As we started talking, I realized how very odd it was that this person, who I literally had JUST met, knew more personal and intimate things about me than friends I've had for decades. And I felt totally comfortable telling her even more. I've never talked about this stuff with anyone, except Mrs. Smarshy. Once it started coming out, there was no stopping it. I'm sure she wanted to get up and leave after 30 minutes, but I just kept talking. Of course we talked about her recent BFN, and I spoke on behalf of the whole blogosphere when I told her how sorry I was. She has a good plan ahead of her, and she and J are going to be great parents someday, that's for sure. Just not sure how or when. But someday soon.
We made plans to do it again soon! She want to hang out with me AGAIN! We are totally friends now.
That's my review of meeting Serenity. Of course, I won't be posting this until she writes in her blog about what it was like meeting me. If she writes that I'm an annoying shit, I'm TOTALLY deleting this and writing bad stuff about her.