Back when I started my blog in March 2004 I was new to the concept of blogs and what they entailed.
Initially, my scope was political commentary (I'd just discovered Daily Kos) but after 2 days and maybe 3 posts, I realized I needed to stick to what I knew...which wasn't political commentary.
So I blogged about foster puppies and Howard Dean and Jim Stork and Betty Castor and the three campaigns I volunteered for. And foster puppies.
During a Stork Staffer party that I hosted at my house, I met several out-of-state volunteers that traveled to FL to help with the campaign. As one of them helped me un-stick my garbage disposal, I asked how he'd heard of our campaign. Turns out he'd read a post on Daily Kos talking about the Stork campaign and it inspired him to up and leave his home state of CA and travel to FL. He also said he was looking forward to meeting the blogger that wrote the post cause he wanted to shake their hand.
I looked at him and told him that he'd already shook my hand when he arrived. Yeah, I wrote the post that brought this guy from CA to FL and now he was unsticking my garbage disposal for me.
The blogosphere is like that. Bringing the randomest awesomest bestest peple into your life.
Fast forward to 2006 and being new to CO. Not knowing a soul. And meeting most of the people that would become my friends through their blogs.
People like Tom
I met Tom via his blog through a friend of a friend's blog. One click of a link and just like that, you have a new someone in your life!
So I started following Tom and he started following back. I got to know Tom and his partner Dale through Tom's blog and one day, after reading a random tweet of mine, Tom and Dale showed up at work with piping hot Mrs. Field's cookies for me. And a hug to go with the cookies. I remember that day like it was yesterday. It was our first In-Real-Life (IRL) meeting!
Through the years Tom and Dale have been part of my online life and my IRL life. They graciously hosted me when my truck broke down and I had no way to get back and forth to work. Tom 'informed' me that I was staying with them, case closed.
Tom and Dale took turns taking me to work, picking me up from work, feeding me, hugging me, being there for me, and just being awesome. They refused to accept payment for anything and were the most gracious and welcoming hosts a person could ask for.
Over the years I've been honored to be a part of their lives and their struggles and their celebrations. So it's with a large degree of sadness that I'll be saying 'goodbye for now' to Tom and Dale in the next several weeks.
They're moving to MA for Tom's work and in the process will ( I am positive ) make MA the new 'coolest place on earth'....cause they'll be there.
While Tom is on Facebook and Twitter in addition to his blog, since I met Tom thru his blog that is what I'll be looking to every day for updates on their new lives in MA.
Tom is one of the sweetest, kindest, most incredible people you can ever hope to meet - Dale is the same way - and I'm so incredibly grateful that I clicked that link over 6 years ago.
Thanks Blogosphere. And thanks Tom and Dale. I can't imagine a life without you and thanks to the internet and Tom's blog, I won't have to.