A month ago, when Ginger of Ginger Snaps announced the blogger meet-up picnic, I thought--man that is a great idea.
As we got closer and closer to it and the temperature refused to drop below triple digits, I have to admit, I was beginning to wonder if the event would happen. Or if I'd attend. I love y'all but me plus over 100 degree heat...not always a good combination.
Luckily, the heat dissipated a bit over the weekend down to the mid-90's. So, armed with my homemade orange Jell-O cake and directions from Google maps, I set out on my journey, wondering who I'd run into and if I'd get to put any new faces with blogs.
I also made it fairly easy for everyone there to identify me by wearing orange--both hat and shirt. Scroll down if you want to see what I wore to the picnic yesterday (I know, I know...could I be any more ego gratifying? But this is my blog, doggone it!) Anyway, I decided to show up fashionably late, which is a nice way of saying after church I took a nap.
I arrived to find a myriad of bloggers there. I'll admit I was on the look-out for familiar faces as I drove up. I had this odd vision driving up of walking up to some group of strangers, Jell-O cake in hand and being readily accepted but not realizing for serveral hours these weren't the people I was looking for, but instead some insidious cult that would try to brainwash me into believing that Steve Spurrier is a nice guy and I should somehow start pulling for the University of Florida. Thankfully, there was a sign indicating it was the group I was looking for and I saw some familiar faces...so all was well.
I won't provide a second by second recap of the afternoon. I did get a chance to put some new faces with their blogs (it's always interesting to see how the actual person matches up with the image you've got in your head...sort of like when I first saw pictures of the stars of some of my favorite old radio shows and they didn't quite match the images in my mind), catch up with some old friends and get humiliated at kick-ball. First of all, I was having flashbacks to PE class when sides were picked, watching as all the cool kid are picked first. Thankfully I wasn't picked last, but I think part of that was my making a huge commotion and trying my best to look pitiful. And I thought our one run in the top of the first was pretty good for a just assembled kick-ball team.
But like the Tampa Bay Devils Rays, I soon found we had no chance against the New York Yankees of kick-ball. Of course, it didn't help that I dropped an easy out early in the inning. (I am eternally grateful to Graceless in Love and Bad Bad Ivy for also dropping pop flies to help make me feel a bit better). But we had a good time and after an inning and a half we surrendered. They just had a better payroll than we did...and it showed.
Anyway, after the sporting activity humiliation ended, it was time to catch up more. I did take a few pictures of people. I've put them in my FlickR feed and if you want to see them, you can go here and do that
. If I've not labelled you or incorrectly labelled who you are, please drop me a line
and let me know. I'll make sure to give you the proper credit.
So, it was a fun afternoon. I understand we had some who missed the event due to the heat. It was hinted there will be future meet-ups and hopefully my prowess in kick-ball won't lead to my not being invited. Hopefully if you couldn't make it out to this one, we'll catch you at the next one...I plan to be there...well, unless UT is playing Florida and then I ain't leaving in front of my TV because, as we all know, the Vols need me.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 8/27/2007 07:24:00 PM