Tuesday, October 10, 2006

I met Serenity!

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.

22 comments:

Heather said...

I'm so jealous! I would love to meet another blogger that just gets it.

Glad you two had a nice lunch

serenity said...

You're awesome - the feeling is mutual. But you know I only bought you lunch so that we'd have to do it again, right??? Look forward to meeting Mrs. Smarshy and the Buggins too someday. :)

Southern Comfortable said...

I'm so jealous! I've met a couple of my fellow D.C.-area bloggers, and it was fantastic. It's so cool to put a name and a face with everything you know about someone.

aah0424 said...

I'm jealous too. I live in the middle of no where (well not quite no where, but close) and there aren't really any bloggers real close to me. If anyone takes a vacation to Williamsburg you can look me up!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic, so cool that you two met up.

Anonymous said...

ok you did it to me again, i laughed out loud at the screen people are looking at me funny.

...isn't it the strangest feeling when real life intercedes with digital life?

Keeping The Faith said...
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Keeping The Faith said...

That was me that just deleted my comment… I had misspellings. I forgot the spell check. As a 4th grade teacher I would have graded that as a "C" or lower. Ut Oh! Corrected version below:

Having lunch w/ Serenity is just great. I would love to have an in real life encounter with an IF blogger. So nice that you two can meet up and hang out once in a while.

I will POAS tomorrow after IUI w/ injectibles cycle #6 and when it turns up negative as I expect... I will be sad for a day and then I look forward to feeling normal again. Bring on the hard lemonade... :-)

I want to be like your wife is right now and enjoy my marriage and all that I have for a while. I want to experience some happiness and health before I am worn down again w/ IVF #1. I think she’s lucky to have a husband that is trying really hard to get it… and understand what she’s going through. You spend a great deal of time talking w/ others about what your families experiences and that’s great. My husband is extremely supportive but there are times I wish he knew …really knew how hard this is. He knows because I tell him and he hurts too but I feel like you must gain a lot of perspective by blogging. I know your writings have clued me in to how J must feel at times. Does your wife feel like you have more awareness now? That our stories open your eyes to even more? Or have you been heavily involved since day one?

My Reality said...

Isn't meeting a blogger fabulous? I met Krista a while back and we have even run into each other at the clinic. Wouldn't it be cool to have a blogger reunion, kind of like a blogapalooza or something?

I am glad you guys had a nice lunch!

Meri-ann said...

Photos! We want photos!

Anonymous said...

Ah! I'm jealous, too.

Bea

Amy said...

I told Serenity I need to move east. Everyone is east. Hey! Isn't uiadbv shvhhlfg that guy from Men in Black?? The one with the brother. Bob.

theoneliner said...

so happy for you two. IF is such a specific experience.

i've never met anyone IRL who i've talked to on-line...but I'd like to. (and especially serenity ; )

it'd be soo nice to know someone who IRL who spoke my language.

One Mother's Journey said...

That's so awesome!! I've met a few bloggers and I found it the same way - incredible that total strangers know so much about you and still want to come back for more. LOL Very cool.

lola said...

Ok I'm jealous esp since I'm also in Boston...glad the meeting went so well! I know I'd be as nervous about meeting an online friend as I would be on a blind date. Probably more nervous.

lola said...

Ok I'm jealous esp since I'm also in Boston...glad the meeting went so well! I know I'd be as nervous about meeting an online friend as I would be on a blind date. Probably more nervous.

Hopeful Mother said...

I used to live in Boston, but no more (too bad - because we would have had IVF coverage!)

Very cool that you had an IRL Blogger meeting and that the experience was a positive one.

Just another Jenny said...

No fair. I've been blogging longer than you and I haven't had one blogger meeting yet! I'm glad you too hit it off, even if I am jealous.

Anonymous said...

Should we play the 6 degrees of separation game? (And Serenity is Kevin Bacon?) If so, then both SoCo and I are connected to Smarshy. We both have met -M who has met Serenity who has met Smarshy...

Such a small, twisted world. ;)

Carol said...

I'm new here - I'm so thrilled to find an actual man in the IF blogging world. Wonderful! Your poop story was the funniest thing I have seen in a long time. It's nice to hear your thoughts about your wife during this 'break'. I imagine my hubby probably feels the same when I manage to come out of the fog every now and then and act like the girl he married. Makes me a little sorry that it doesn't happen more often. After 5 failed cycles, it can consume you.

thanks for being here. I will definitely check in on you.

soralis said...

So glad you got to meet a fellow blogger! It's amazing that we may never have come into contact with all these great people without blogging. It's wonderful when we get to meet these amazing people in person. (I still think there should be a city for all us IF'ers to live I think we are all pretty special people!)

Take care

Anonymous said...

I'm quite jealous too. I would love to meet a fellow blogger!