One of the things I love about social networks is the ability to meet people that I might not normally talk to; for instance, I'm not a fan of green things (plants, you know) but one of my favorite blogs is written by a man who reviews people's lawns and gardens. I don't know half of what he talks about, but his style, my friend, is what's important. He's brilliantly funny.
I don't always, however, remember how I met someone.
Talking with my lovely editor - who is just lovely, have I said that? I had the hardest time not touching her hair while we were talking - recently, we were discussing how we had met.
I didn't even know this story, so it was pretty fun.
We frequent the same coffee shop, the Bean There. Last year, it was located just up the street from me. Then it moved. Tragedy! Have I mentioned I loathe downtown Norfolk? Well, I do. (It's slightly less loathsome now that I know my way around better.) But while they were in the process of moving, I was sans coffee for three months.
Do not get between a writer and her coffee.
Amy, the owner, and I had these drug-trade meetings in parking lots. I would hand her an envelope containing cash or a check, and she would hand me a cloth bag containing a pound or two of her custom blended and roasted coffee beans.
Apparently at some point I commented on this exchange on the Bean There's facebook page.
Kristina, my editor, was looking on the page to see when the shop would be re-opening and saw the comment. She clicked on my link.
Kristina is/was doing some "connecting" through her Buddhism enlightenment - forgive me if I get this wrong, I don't really know much about Buddhism - and was entertained to learn that we were born very close together. Her birthday is exactly a week after mine, although she's almost exactly five years older than I am. Further prodding on my Facebook page and she discovered that my husband and her husband have EXACTLY the same birthday.
She decided to write me an email to see if I would mind taking a Facebook friends request from a perfect stranger.
I didn't mind. I like meeting new people.
A few weeks later, she put a call out for a place to do a book reading/signing. I suggested the Bean There. It was a raging success!