So yesterday I met Heather, live and in the flesh, right here in Michigan. It was everything I hoped it would be. #1 Heather looks exactly like her pictures... no bait and switch... and her hair is as perfectly coifed as you imagine it to be. Mine, sadly, was not.#2 Heather's personality is just like her blog persona so there was absolutely no awkwardness... which of course there is always the potential for when meeting someone for the first time. Heather will have to weigh in here but I think we are both a lot like what you imagine us to be. We had a great time and you would never have guessed that we didn't *really* know each other.
It so happens that Heather was staying in my hometown. This was a fairly good turn of events because I was worried about picking a restaurant to meet at if she was staying somewhere I wasn't too familiar with. Anyway fear not I knew where to go and we had a great lunch. Now what was really funny is that we happened into having one of the most talkative waiters I have ever encountered. As soon as he seated us I had a feeling about him. There was something in the way he quickly and confidently commented on our conversation (I don't like to think of this as eavesdropping per se... but you could call it that) that reminded me of someone... I know... me!... and so he was immediately endeared to me.
Now there are somethings I should note. I have two ways of dealing with social situations #1 be a total wallflower #2 be slightly kooky. When I was a waitress I relied mostly on #2... because people love a little kook and lets face it... it brings in more tips. So when our waiter, Justin, chimed right in on our conversation about postpartum hair loss (he's 24) I knew he was a kindred spirit. This kind of brought out what I like to call the over-the-top kook in me and I started asking him extremely personal questions and telling him my psychic impressions about him. Oh God it was hilarious (for me... maybe slightly annoying for Heather... and at times maybe uncomfortable for Justin). So here are the things that we learned about Justin during lunch: his birthday (yes!!! I guessed the right month and was only one year off... see?!?! I am psychic!), how many siblings he has (NINE!!!! WTF?!?!), where he grew up, went to college, currently lives, all about his ex-girlfriend who is clearly toying with him (trust me Justin), his East coast/West coast preferences, his hair texture, and MORE... much, much, MORE!!
So at some point Heather and I want to talk to each other... and not about Justin... but what to do? I mean he was practically pulling a chair up to our table... and really it wasn't his own fault. So kind of awkwardly we just had to shut him out about half way through and I fear it may have been a bit of a slap in the face... I mean I was practically mapping out his next 5 year plan only moments before. You all do this... right?!? RIGHT?!?! It's not just me?!?! Oh even thinking about it makes me laugh. If I lived there I would totally go hang out with him while he was working lunch and take him under my kooky wing... he could be like my kook protege! Before you know it he'd be starring in a whole bunch of my YouTube videos... turns out he has break dancing experience! Okay anyway back to the stuff at hand....
Heather and I had a great time.... really. I mean it was just as if we had known each other for years. We went shopping and found her a dress we both loved, sadly it had a tear in the sleeve... but no matter... the crazy-skinny-anorexic-salesperson knew what to do and within minutes the on-site tailor had it mended and ready to go! We talked about ADD, hair, weight loss, and chakra tuning (of course... who doesn't talk about that?). Heather learned that it really is true... I have *expert* knowledge (or at least think I do) in every facet of life!!! The only downside is that I completely forgot to take a picture or video with her (damn it!!!... I even had my camera in my purse!!).