Monday, February 8, 2010

In the company of strangers

Imma,” ENG asked me this morning. “How can you be friends with strangers?

She was understandably concerned, because some of her siblings - {cough}MAG{cough} - had been joking about how I had gone to a stranger’s house to meet other strangers.

They were referring to the fact that last night I had made the long trek from TRLEOOB* all the way to Baila's home in Modiin in honor of a bloggers’ get-together.

But I assured ENG that she didn’t have to worry. Contrary to MAG’s wisecracks, I had actually spent the evening very much in the company of friends.

Admittedly, this was the first time I had met any of them in person - as it so happened, none of them were at the J-Bloggers’ picnic on Succot - but that was irrelevant.

After all, we all know each other from our blogs. And so, not only do we have much in common and share mutual points of reference, but we had much to discuss. The conversation flowed, and everyone had a great time.

Of course, most of the credit goes to Baila for her gracious hospitality and Hannah for organizing the event and for her informative and well-prepared talk on blogging dos and don’ts. Thanks to both of you for a wonderful evening!

And in case anyone is wondering – as some of my favorite teenagers evidently were – no, I definitely wasn’t “stuck"



*TRLEOOB=the real life equivalent of our blog


  1. Stranger danger is overrated. Great to finally meet you and I'm glad you enjoyed.

  2. now I remember "in the quiets of the railway station running scared. Laying low, seeking out the poorer quarters where the ragged people go..."

  3. Strange, maybe. Strangers, no longer.

    It was great to finally meet you...

  4. Glad you had a chance to go! I feel like I know all of you, even if Mother in Israel is the only one I've actually met in person.

  5. MiI - Thanks again for a wonderful evening! I hope to try and implement some of your excellent suggestions.

    LeahGG (1) - Your comment was strangely compelling... :-)

    YAT - I think I'll let MAG respond to you.

    LeahGG (2) - "The Boxer" by Simon & Garfunkel. (I confess I had to Google it...)

    Baila - It's really a shame that we don't live closer. Otherwise, we could've met ages ago... ;-)

    Leora - I feel like I know you too. We missed you!

  6. How I wish these bloggers' get-togethers were a bit nearer!

  7. Ilana-Davita - We would've all loved it if you could've joined us. It's too bad that one doesn't stopover in Israel on the way to Hong Kong...


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