Lucky 13

I’ve had the benefit of being part of my local blogging group, Pittsburgh Bloggers, for the last 2 years, plus a newer mom bloggers group in the area. With Pittsburgh Bloggers, we meet quarterly at a watering hole down by PNC Park for drinks and conversation (and, ironically, no blogging). It’s been a great way to put a face with a name, to network and meet new friends. Heck, it even helped my love life! But I’ve always wanted to meet some of the other bloggers I read — those in cities far, far away. So, back in January when I first found out I would be going to San Francisco on business, I boldly decided to pay for an extra night in the hopes my favorite bloggers in the area would like to meet.

They did!

(Or, they claimed they did!)

Actually, I think these are the only bloggers I know from San Francisco, but that’s besides the point. The point is that I was — and still am — pretty darned geeked about meeting Dadshouse, Depot Dad and Single Mom Seeking in real, offline life!

First, I spent the afternoon with David from Dadshouse. We met in North Beach, where we had lunch outside in the sun at one of the many wonderful cafes, and then a delish steaming cup of cappuccino at the famous espresso landmark, Cafe Trieste. Aren’t you impressed already?! Seriously, it really didn’t matter where we were; David is smart, funny and easy to talk to. And talk we did, about blogging, love/dating — if you read Dadshouse, please let me state for the record that his dating tales are FAR more interesting than mine ever were! — kids, and writing. I find it interesting and a bit of a relief that I’ve found someone who apparently writes his blog posts as slowly as I do! It was interesting, too, to hear more about his novels and their (his?) journey towards publication.

The one thing about David that didn’t impress me so much was his skills as a tour-guide. We walked by this beautiful cathedral across Washington Square and he made a sweeping gesture like he was about to tell me its history, and proclaimed something like, “And over there…is a really old church.”

Doh!

(That’s for you, David :)  )

After a brief stop back at my hotel, I met Rachel from Single Mom Seeking and we headed back to North Beach, this time to the equally wonderful Cafe Divine, to have dinner with Jim, aka Depot Dad. (Sidenote: Jim knows Chef David Wees from his Omaha days. Funny how they both ended up in SF. Highly recommend the restaurant, btw.) Let me say that Rachel and Jim were both as I pictured — down-to-earth, warm, funny and very genuine…and genuinely likable. (Rachel also has the most beautiful blue eyes!) Again, the conversation was easy and relaxed, like we’ve known each other for a long time. We talked about so much in a relatively short period of time: what’s happening in our lives, our kids, the blogosphere, and love — dating, relationships, and I suppose in not such an obvious sense, the love of friends. Perhaps even new blogging friends.

We didn’t stay out late, but it’s amazing what you can fit into a few hours. Jim and Rachel had to pick up their kids, and Jim was a little worn out after his latest rounds of treatment. But, it was so worth it, and I hope to vist again. If you ever get the chance to spend a few hours with the bloggers you’ve connected with, I say go for it! Really, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Friday the 13th. Lucky me!

P.S. For those of you who read both Dadshouse and Single Mom Seeking, you know there was…oh, how shall I say… a bit of hubbub last week between the two. I’m not going to comment except to say, yes, I talked to each of them about it; yes, they’re both moving forward; and, no, I didn’t have to break apart our meet-up plans; we planned separate outings on Friday due to scheduling, which always seems trickier for single parents. What I will say is that while each of our “voices” sound different, I believe our intentions in blogging are the same: to express ourselves and our opinions in a manner that is geniune to who we are. As readers, we’re going to like some styles and stories better than others — maybe some of the time, maybe all of the time. As writers, we know just how powerful the written word can be.

Which is why I hope that, someday, they’ll have a chance to talk…whether they decide to blog about it for us or not.

PPS. Would you believe I brought my camera to SF, but forgot to bring it both times I went out. Definitely a double Doh!

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9 Responses to “Lucky 13”

  1. MindyMom | March 17, 2009, 9:31 am

    Lucky you! Sounds like you had a great time but I figured you would.

    And I hope those two can work things out too.

  2. Cathouse Teri | March 17, 2009, 9:53 am

    I love, love, love meeting other bloggers! It was great when I got to meet David while I was in Oakland last December. I am going to be in the area again in the next few months, so this time I’m going to try to plan ahead so a BUNCH of us can meet up. Hopefully, I’ll get to meet you too! :)

  3. T | March 17, 2009, 10:27 am

    Jim and I went to Cafe Divine when I was there too. Loved it! And the Chef David used to be in a band in Dallas at the same time that I was in a band… we even played at the same venues! Talk about a small world!

    And isn’t that church beautiful!

    Yes, I love San Fran and all our bloggy buddies! I’m so happy you were able to get out there. Now… we need to plan another get together? Maybe… I dunno…

    A wedding?

    ;)

  4. Sarah | March 17, 2009, 11:20 am

    North Beach!!! That church on washington square park? i lived right behind it. for nearly 6 years. and cafe trieste??? there, all the time! ah, it’s good to hear of my old haunts. sounds like you had a lovely time. good for you!

    your cousin.

  5. Burgh Baby | March 17, 2009, 11:56 am

    Jealous? YES, I AM!

  6. dadshouse | March 17, 2009, 1:37 pm

    Susan – I am laughing my ass off at your description of me being a tour guide. I sucked at that, didn’t I?! :-) Next time, I’ll get a brochure from the chamber of commerce and make you wait while I pour through it. Doh!

    It was great meeting you and hanging out for the afternoon!

  7. Single Mom Seeking | March 18, 2009, 1:14 pm

    You are the sweetest Susan! I simply loved hearing about your…. new love over dinner! So inspiring. I can’t wait to hear more here.

    I love your round-up, and you’re always so optimistic and honest. Thank you.

    Even though Dad’s House and I are no longer on speaking terms, we can still visit blogs like yours and comment “together.” xoxo

  8. Jim Everson | March 19, 2009, 11:02 am

    The real winner in this whole affair was me! I got to have dinner at my favorite cafe with two beautiful women. I loved meeting you in person, Susan. I’m just sorry the truffle shop was closed. I hope you have business in SF again real soon.

  9. Mary@Everyday Baby Steps | March 27, 2009, 4:11 pm

    Jealous! What a great time it sounds like you had. I’d love to go to California, and I’d love to meet blogger friends in real life. And I always forget my camera when I do get to go somewhere, so don’t feel bad!

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