On Friday evening, I sucked it up and drove to Virginia Highlands and met with a group of strangers to meet Bossy. Bossy is Georgia Getz and she is super friendly. She was very down to earth and normal. Not like a celebrity, but like a regular person who happens to blog.
I left my house early because i was afraid the traffic would be bad. Friday night driving through downtown Atlanta sounded bad, but it was great. I arrived about 45 minutes before schedule. Across the street from Manuel’s Tavern was a used bookstore! Since I am a complete bookwhore, I spent those 45 minutes shopping. I only bought one book, The Confusion by Neal Stephenson. It is the second in his Baroque trilogy and I already had books one and three. I paid half the cover price, which I think is a little high for a used book. But the store was cool. Not as organized as I prefer, but it was a converted house and wandering through the stacks took you through the various rooms of the house. There were a really lot of books in there!
At meet-up time, I headed across to Manuel’s and met with the first blogger who arrived. Apparently, I left my list of urls somewhere that is not here, so all I can say is her name was Julie. Bossy arrived next! She was tired. Poor girl had driven all day from Richmond to Atlanta and that is FAR. Soon we were joined by Sandra, Dylan, Amber, Alison, Muskrat, Whipstitch and two other men who’s names I can’t think of right now! A party of 11 total.
It was comfortable. Everyone was funny and chatty. I managed to not be too shy. I talked a lot with the three who sat nearest me. We had dinner, lots of folks had beer or wine. One girl was very christian, one was a single mom, one was a lesbian, one also had three kids (like me), one was pregnant. I didn’t get to talk much directly with some of the folks, but it was okay.
A lot of pictures were taken. My double chin is now immortalized on the interwebs. After dinner, we weren’t quite ready to split up. We headed across the way. Next door to the bookstore was a cafe. Coffee and wine. None of those where I live! We all had drinks there too and did some more chatting. Lots of laughing. Lots of telling stories and swapping tales. By 10pm, Bossy was really flagging. We all drifted away and Bossy headed to her hotel room where she could finally sleep. I drove home.
Over all, it was a great time. I think I made a few connections. I jotted down everyone’s url and some twitter names. As soon as my laptop is recovered, I will be reading a few new-to-me blogs! When I find the url list, I will put those in a post so everyone has a chance to read those blogs too!