Friday, January 9, 2009

Meet and Greet

You know, if I ever fly to somewhere like Egypt, I am going to be so messed up time-wise. There's only a 3 hour difference between here and Vegas, but I am really out of whack! I hope I can get back to normal soon...or at least what passes for it.

I forgot to mention that while we had no problems getting back home ourselves, our suitcase apparently decided it liked Chicago and wanted to spend the night there. They're supposed to deliver it today, but no sign of Mr. Samsonite yet. We got a few inches of snow last night, so there may have been some delays. There is nothing especially urgent in there, but I hope they get on the ball and get it to us soon. It's an irritant more than a problem, you know?

Speaking of irritants, I'll have a thing or two to say about Sarah Palin's most recent interview, believe me. But that's for after the Vegas travelogue, so you all can breathe a sigh of relief. [grin]

I'm really going out of order in our days, but I don't think it matters too much. Today I want to write about our meeting with our Blogger friend Marty, who writes the always enjoyable Heard at Starbuck's. I'm happy to report that I can now say we're friends in real life, too!

When he read that we would be in Vegas, he wrote that he was going to be there for an electronics show, and it turned out that our visits overlapped by a day. Although neither of us had met a blogger in real life before, we all decided we were game to give it a try and arranged a time and place. Marty was staying at the Bellagio, and we were at Bally's right across the street, so we walked over to the Bellagio and met him at one of the bars there, the Petrossian. A good spot to meet, quiet enough so that we didn't have to shout to be heard, but we could look out on the lobby area, too, and still hear all the casino sounds. By the way, Marty had meetings later in the afternoon, so he was a fine, upstanding citizen and drank mineral water. Ken and I were under no such restrictions.

Anyhoo, although I was a little nervous about this (I'm actually a fairly shy person, and I have no problem admitting that I can often be a social retard), it turned out that Marty was just the nicest guy you'd ever want to meet, and the hour and a half or so went by before we knew it! He has the exact same sense of humor in person that he does in his writing, and I'd say that we all had some good laughs and a good time chatting. I am so glad we did that, and I'm sure there will be another meeting in our future. We'll be traveling Route 66 in 2010, and the end of The Road just happens to be where Marty lives, so that's something to look forward to!

I can now say that when it comes to meeting bloggers, we're batting a thousand. Who's next?!

I would like nothing more than to stay home tonight and not have to venture out into the cold and snow...well, I suppose there's one thing I'd like more, and that would be to attend a performance of "Spamalot." What a lucky break, because we happen to have tickets for tonight's show! Where was that luck when we were in Vegas? Too bad we couldn't have spread these things out a little bit, but "Spamalot" is here just for this weekend. Should be fun!


  1. How exciting to meet up with Marty in Vegas! Glad you all had a wonderful time.

    Well, anytime you are in Boca Raton, Florida! Let me know....

    Sorry about your luggage.........Ugh.

    Hugs, Rose

  2. Coconuts are ready, and our buttons are ready to be pinned :o)

  3. I'm glad you all had a great time!

    Enjoy your weekend.

  4. I knew you 3 would hit it off. Enjoy "Spamalot" tonight. Hope your able to get back into the time zone soon. (Hugs)Indigo

  5. I'm glad that you got to meet him & that it was a great meeting. I hope Samsonite shows up soon.

  6. I knew you guys would hit it off! I'll have to razz Marty a bit...he looks like he's 12!! Pain in the patootie to loose luggage...maybe it wasn't ready to go home quite yet!

  7. How great to meet Marty, I love his blog!

  8. See? Wasn't it fun to meet Marty? I've had so many great friendships start with such a meeting. I'm enjoying your travelogue, and also look forward to hearing how you liked Spamalot.

  9. I am so lucky! I have never had my luggage lost, and I hope I never do! Hope it arrives by the time you read this message!

  10. Good times! It's pretty cool when you get to meet a fellow blogger, I know I have enjoyed it...if your ever in Tampa you can add me to your list of people to meet! Have a great weekend!

  11. I've met a couple fellow bloggers and there's not been a dud in the bunch!

    Vegas time messed me up too!

    enjoy Spamalot!

    love and hugs!

  12. You'll love Spamalot! It is so funny!

  13. Hi Beth,
    It was really great to meet you and Ken ... I had the same exact feeling, that the time flew by and that both of your personalities -- and your sense of humor -- really come through in your blogs. Anyhow, I can already say it was the highlight of my Vegas trip, where I'm still wrapped up in meeting after meeting. Have fun at Spamalot!

  14. It looks like you guys had a truly great time.
    For the time-zone lag, I'd recommend a short nap, then tough it out for a day of "normal" time. That's how I get through after the occassional midnight(12 hour) shift.
    Or coffee it up!

    :) Leigh hope your luggage has showed up by now!

  15. Welcome back! Just not the same here
    without you two! But I knew you'd have
    tales to tell and pics to show so that
    we can share your trip vicariously.
    I'm sure you enjoyed Spamalot. I love
    a good comedy. Still think you look
    like actress Zooey Deschanel. Pat

  16. great pics..SO glad you met a nice J lander. Hope your luggage is home soon. XO

  17. Marty just looks nice doesn't he? I'm glad you had that opportunity and it turned out well. There is a reason certain bloggers are drawn to certain blogs. We must see or hear something we like or relate too so it just stands to reason that we would like one another in real life.
    Hugs, Joyce

  18. Welcome back Beth. I missed you, and then realized you were gone. Take care. Lucy

  19. I love your trips I live thru your travels lol

  20. Glad you had a good meeting with fellow blogger Marty, I have to work on getting to meet other bloggers..

    Have a good weekend



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