Sunday, May 11, 2008

That creepy guy on the bus

This past Friday was opening night for the theater production of The Philadelphia Story which I have been rehearsing for the past few months. We had a great turn out and the show went pretty well.

I was lucky and honored that some local fellow bloggers came out to see the show and support me and the theater company. The bloggers that came to see the show were people I have never met before Friday night. I only know them from their blogs and the comments that they leave here, or at other blogs I may read or follow. They only know me from this blog and the comments I leave throughout the blogosphere.

I knew that they were all coming to see the show and they were going to hang around afterward so we could actually meet and talk for a bit. I was a little excited, worried and nervous because as my friend Susan said, "It's kind of like a blind date."

I was excited to meet these people who, over the past few years, I have taken a vested interest in their lives and stories via their blogs.

I was nervous because I also knew that what they read here, on a regular basis, may not translate well in a face to face setting.

I was worried due to the typical stigma of "stalker" or that "creepy person" that is attached to people meeting online or via the internet.

To use a theater term, the fourth wall is being removed.

I really enjoyed meeting Sharkey and her husband JP, Mainline Mom and her husband, Sue and Charlotte (their blog just went underground) and Teri the Family Tree Junkie. I have known of these people for years and now I finally got to meet them.

Thank you guys for coming out to the show.

There is an old saying that goes something like this, "There is always one creepy or weird person on the bus."

Then there is the saying that follows that one: "When you get on the bus, look around, if you don't see the creepy or weird person that means it most likely is probably you."

Well I must say that meeting these bloggers set my mind at ease. As I talked to each one of them I realized that not one of them was creepy or weird...

Hey wait a minute...

24 comments:

Random and Odd said...

You are so lucky. Someday i will be so blessed to meet that fantastic bunch of people, and I hope you're there too, because you rock the man-blog world!

Sharkey said...

Ha--it's funny you mention the creepy/weird thing. Yesterday, JP said, "Hey, wouldn't it be funny if we went to every single one of William's performances? What do you suppose he'd think of us then?"

I'm surprised you didn't mention my height here--that seems to be the strongest impression I made on you. :)

It was really good to meet you and all the others. So when are we going bowling?

Teri said...

hahahahaha

what a cree.....I mean card you are!

Undercover Mutha said...

If you guys go bowling, I'm totally going to hop a plane and be there because it's so damn unfair.

Aunt Jo said...

Meeting bloggers is fun and surreal. We have met 4...and one came to stay with us!

Congrats on the play. That must be a lot of fun. I love to go to community theater but don't get to do it as often as I would like.

Rachael said...

Congrats on the play. It's interesting to watch the stigma surrounding meeting people from the internet in real life. One of my best friends met her fiance that way and he is definitely not a creep! I think that everyone just always paid attention to the bad stories and not the good, which sucks!

Anyhow, I am glad it was fun and Ihope that someday I'll be able to meet some of my favorite bloggers too!

Mainline Mom said...

yeah...I thought it was funny when almost the first thing Bill said was "Is anyone else surprised at how TALL Sharkey is?" :)

I'm game for bowling! Thanks for a great time.

gigglepotamus said...

I'm so jealous I couldn't go!! I wish I could've met everybody. Although I'd rather extract my fingernails one at a time than go bowling, I would make the sacrifice to meet y'all :)

Circus Kelli said...

Hee hee! I'm so glad that you got a chance to meet all those cool bloggers!!

Becky said...

I stink at bowling, but if I was adopted into the blogging community, I might even hop a scarey old airplane. (Lots of liquid courage, of course.)

Congrats on the performance!

Teri said...

PS. I have never heard of a crazy stalker in my blog world. Do they really exist?

Anonymous said...

Is it me or does Mainline's husband look like Mike and Sharkey's husband looks like Dan-o?

kalki said...

Jealous.

sari said...

sounds like a great night!

Oh, The Joys said...

I wish I could have been there! So glad the show went well!

Circus Kelli said...

The creepy guy on the bus? That was "House."

The Great Rambler said...

Hi! I've been reading your blog for a while now and have finally caught up on all your archives as well. I'm also linking to it from my blog. Just wanted to say hi.

eclectic said...

So you're saying your play actually takes place on a bus? ;)

I'm envious I couldn't be there, too.

Mainline Mom said...

anonymous...my husband looks like Mike because he IS Mike.

Ben & Bennie said...

That's just too cool, getting to meet fellow bloggers. I'm jealous. I've enjoyed reading your blog in recent weeks and I'm finally getting around to introduce myself as another BlogHer Dad.

Gina Coggio said...

Ha! So funny! I loved it! How COOL to meet other bloggers!!

JP said...

Sharkey told me I had to leave my axe in the car. And she also shot down my idea of going to the rest of your performances as well. Now THAT would've been funny!

Anonymous said...

"A good time, fun meeting the other bloggers, Sharkey is a Tall person," etc. Not one person mentioned the performance! Uh,oh! I guess they didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings. Will it be worth my time to come on Friday? You see I'm only interested in the Arts and not the bloggers. No offense to anyone. I want to be there when William gets the Oscar. That good looking actor is my son! How do you like that? momo9

Redhead Mommy said...

I'm with Undercover Mutha, so unfair you all get to meet!