Saturday, March 10, 2007

Funny stories. And meeting people. And the Grand Canyon Skywalk

You know, I'd quite like to meet some of the blogpals I've made over the past year. But...

The thing is, we must all have these big preconceived ideas of how people are from the stuff we read by them on their blogs.

For example, I like to think I come across quite witty and cynical and humorous in my posts from time to time (not always, obviously). And, y'know, people occasionally say they laugh at certain things I've written, so I'm not just being egotistical here.

But I am only witty, cynical, or humorous three times a day, maximum. And not every day. If I have a witty thought, I have to run quickly to my blog and type it up.

So what if I'm not witty, cynical, or humorous in the few hours I might spend having a drink with a blogpal when we meet up?

Oh my God... it doesn't bear thinking about.

By the way, I must be the last person on God's green earth to learn about the Grand Canyon Skywalk. I just read about it at Cynnie's blog. I kid you not, I literally had to go and wash my hands from all the clammy, sweaty shit induced by those pictures. I asked Wife if she knew about it, and she told me that she did know about it but thought it best not to mention it to me...

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Blogger cappy said...

i know what you mean. i am nowhere as nearly as witty in real life.
i am meeting some of the scooter foums lot tomorrow on a run, and boy will they be disappointed, because rather unbelievably, i am quite shy in real life!
and as for the grand canyon thing...fuck no! not on the blackpool tower, so deffo no way on that."it can stand the weight of x amount of jumbo jets!"
still won't get me on it! no way pedro!

10 March, 2007 22:24  
Blogger Ron said...

Look at it like meeting actors you like; we're human, we like to meet people. Eventually the person in the blog will float to the surface, and you should be able to connect, if you already like the other person, so it would be very nice indeed to share some of the human, non-bloggy things of life...

My humor goes hot and cold, but man, when I'm on, I can get a room full of people to piss themselves, almost literally, just through schtick. With some people who know me, I can get them to laugh without saying a word, just by facial expression and body language. It's just in the timing, I think anyone can really do it!

One of my film ideas has a Lynchian aspect, which may lead me to write it up soon. Thanks for your encouragement!

11 March, 2007 00:38  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

wow... i live only a couple of states over from the Grand Canyon, and i didn't even know about this.

crazy. i'd be scared... but what an awesome view!

11 March, 2007 02:50  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

i'm sure you're wittier than you're giving yourself credit for!

p.s. i just added you as a myspace friend. and because i have a feeling you'll chuckle when you visit my page, i stole that macabees song from you and it's now my song. LOVE it :)

11 March, 2007 02:56  
Blogger mister anchovy said...

clearly it's important to have several beers when meeting blog pals.

11 March, 2007 04:17  
Blogger Milla said...

"The thing is, we must all have these big preconceived ideas of how people are from the stuff we read by them on their blogs."

Those words are true. Maybe sometimes in my blog I come across as a miserable git when in fact I spend a lot of my time laughing and being a fool.
To me, you come across as a very nice young man, a bit weird sometimes (like in the way you eat curry for example) but a very good person. And your blog likes cats, so that's enough for me :)

I would love to go on the Skywalk! In fact, I bet next time we travel to the States that's where Zorro and I will end up!! Can you imagine the pictures you could take from the walk?!?! WHOOOOOAAAAAAA!!!!

11 March, 2007 12:22  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Cappy: Awww, we can be shy together if we ever meet, then! I shat myself enough on top of the Twin Towers and Empire State Building. No way I'd go on this skywalk thing.

Ron: Yeah, you're right, but there's still that anticipation, isn't there?

Martha: Awesome view for sure, but scary... Found your Maccabees song. Cool!

Mr A: Several beers is right!

Milla: I don't think you come across as miserable at all. Your posts are so varied anyway. I look forward to seeing your Skywalk pix then!

11 March, 2007 15:22  
Blogger Shep said...

All my meeting-up-with-blogpeople experiences have worked out really well.

I now have them all in my freezer...

12 March, 2007 06:41  
Blogger Cynnie said...

I hate to brag..
But i've even more fabulous is real life..
..and i'm all brave thinking I can walk on that thing..
But in reality I have trouble looking down from any high spot..
Much less the fucking grand canyon

12 March, 2007 09:31  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Shep: That's reassuring...

Cyn: Yeah I'm more fab in real life too, but I'm a modest motherfucker so I didn't wan to say it. Oh, the Grand Canyon is high up, fo sho.

12 March, 2007 10:24  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

I am much more interesting and funny in real life than I am on my blog. I don't translate well on the internet I don't think. I haven't met an official blogpal yet in person...but I have met lots of people from online through bookclubs and it's very similar situation.

I love that Grand Canyon walk...except I felt sad hearing how the land was Indian and they needed money so I would go to pay and help them and for the experience of the sky walk. It does look intimidating though.

I'd also love to take a helicopter flight( aeroplanes were banished, their emmisions were damaging the canyon!) and have you heard about the donkey trail?

for a hundred years on a narrow trail down the sides of Grand Canyon you can take a donkey down with a bunch of other people. I asked the tour guide( we didn't have time to book the trip at that visit) isn't it dangerous, how safe is this etc...I mean this trail is NOT very wide *...

He said, "the donkey doesn't want to fall either".

12 March, 2007 15:29  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Candy: I've seen those donkey trails. Crazy. But that's a great story about how the donkey doesn't want to fall either! I think the Skywalk is an eyesore, and it's sad that the Indians, whom I think of as guardians of this sort of thing (God knows no one else gives a fuck), felt that had to do it for financial reasons. Oh well...

13 March, 2007 09:03  
Blogger Glamourpuss said...

I've witnessed a few discussions of such matters in the blogosphere but I never participate, as I don't dare to disrupt the mystique. My blog is a toned down version of my true level of basket-caseness and I doubt the Christine Keeler and Blaize Starr comparisons would hold up to the real me.

Sometimes, fantasy is better than reality.


13 March, 2007 10:41  
Blogger Tanya said...

I wonder the same things about meeting blog friends. Mostly I think they'll find me a bit of a let down or, worse, that I really am that weird!

Re the skywalk. I didn't know about it but just looking at it has made me feel sick to my stomach. And dizzy.

13 March, 2007 13:41  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Glamourpuss: I will undoubtedly participate one day, but I know not when as yet.

T: It's a thin line, isn't it?! Skywalk bad.

15 March, 2007 08:48  

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