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Close Encounters

A few weeks ago I took a giant step outside of my safe zone and I did something I’d never done before: I agreed to meet another blogger up close, personal, and alone. I’ve met people I knew through the internet before but they were mostly brief chance encounters and we were never alone. I’ve always shied away from ‘meet-ups’ because, well, let’s face it: Internet People are weird.
Aren’t we though? There’s something not exactly normal about the amount of time Internet People spend in front of their monitors working on their websites and interacting with other Internet People. I must be doubly weird because most of the time I spend online is not time spent interacting. I spend hours a day anonymously slipping in and out of personal websites, reading into the lives of strangers and enjoying photographs taken by people I will probably never meet in my lifetime. I suppose I could be out there kicking it with real live people, and I do (I really do!), but I also take great pleasure in pulling my hair back in a messy bun, putting on my favorite faded pair of yoga pants and showing up to the Internet party still looking sexy and fabulous.
When I was in grade school I had a crush on a radio personality. I was in love with his voice. I imagined the cute face and hot body that voice must’ve belonged to and eventually that image became very real to me. Then one day I saw a picture of The Voice and I was both shocked and disappointed because the real thing wasn’t anywhere close to what I had built it up to be in my mind. This is what was running through my mind as I waited at Hava Java to meet Michelle. I wondered what she perceived me to be, and whether the real me resembled the internet me. I hope I didn’t disappoint.
That being said, Michelle was just as I imagined she would be from her website: friendly, warm, smart, funny, giggly. I ought to step out of my safe zone more often.

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7 Responses

  1. Joie says:

    🙂 I agree that sometimes you have to let go and step out of that safe zone.

  2. maricar says:

    I hope to meet you someday Josie. Let me know if you’re ever in Portland. 🙂

  3. Josie says:

    Great blog. I agree with you on this… sometimes it is nice to step outside the comfort zone.

  4. Christine Lalaine Johnson says:

    Ha ha, “giggly!” I think that’s Michelle’s trademark, actually… Say hello to Ms. L; she really is a sweet gal.

  5. Michelle says:

    Wow, Josie! Now that is so nice 🙂 I had a neat-o time with you drinking chai (oops, not coffee but at a coffee house!) and just talking.
    I think you’re swell as well.
    You’re right about Internet people. If we’re not crazy/weird, we’re at least somewhat reserved. I do Internet stuff (blog) because it’s an outlet, a great way to comfortably express myself without having to wade through egos, fronts, and first impressions.
    Blogging and sites like these easily manifest creative talents without the pressures of salaries or deadlines, done for the pure joy of doing. Inadvertently, it may even form a community of bloggers and, in Latitude13‘s case, a steady stream of traffic and loyal visitors!
    In the end, it is something to look back on and call your own.
    Let’s drink a chai to that!
    P.S. Hi Christine!!

  6. Brian J Que says:

    Wow. Hava Java seems to be a popular place for you to meet people from the net, huh? LOL 😉

  7. brent says:

    having met josie in real life, before this wonderful web presence, i can vouch for her. she can be your newest best friend. 🙂

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