Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Blogging Meets Real Life

Tonight the Evil Genius family had the privilege of meeting Dan of Necessary Roughness while he is in northeast Ohio for work. We had dinner at a good German restaurant that Lutheran Lucciola would have loved - potato pancakes, schnitzel, Kartoffel Salat, cabbage. :) I remembered a way that my Transylvanian Saxon potato salad differs from the potato salad at the restaurant; in the Saxon kind, the potatoes are boiled in their jackets and cut up cold, skin and all, the next day for the salad. After dinner, we had a wonderful ending in ice cream. We got along so well with Dan, it was like we already knew him, and in a way we kind of did!

It's interesting how the internet brings people together. We would have never found our current church , for example, without the internet, and I never would have gotten to know Dan without the internet. Or Lutheran Lucciola, for that matter, or lots of other great people across the country, or as far away as New Zealand. Hey, the internet even helped us when we were driving home from Michigan Sunday night. We were getting hungry but didn't want fast food. So my husband used his phone/PDA to look up a Pizza Hut a little further down the freeway, we called ahead and ordered a pizza, and arrived there just in time to pick it up.

It was rather interesting driving home from Michigan through the wind and heavy rain that were the last gasp for Hurricane Ike. Fortunately, my husband's nephew had a slightly sprained ankle, so we did not have to sit at a soccer game in the wind and rain. We did have lunch together, and checked out John's dorm, where we had birthday pie. John likes pie. :)

Obviously we had effects from Ike, although nowhere near as bad as down south. A couple of my girls' friends missed school on Monday because the power was out at their school. There are downed branches piled up everywhere, and shingles torn off of roofs. I can't imagine how awful the devastation is down in Texas.


Dan @ Necessary Roughness said...

Barb and fam,

It was a pleasure meeting you all. I had a lot of fun, and I'm ashamed to admit the German potato salad was awesome, almost rivaling Mom's. :)

It was funny how MR TEG's Tom-Tom and my Garmin argued about where the ice cream places were.

I hope we get to see each other again, maybe with more bloggers!

Lutheran Lucciola said...

Oh, dear, the roaming giant came and pestered you too??;-)

Hey, the food sounds great. I LOVE German potato salad. Much better than the mayo one, for sure.

Lutheran Lucciola said...

"Necessary Roughness--Two Kingdoms, One Stomach"

If you offer the giant Italian cookies, you may loose a finger, be careful.

kate5kiwis said...

oooh la la...
les bloggeurs!!!
love the meet-ups.
i hope you are buying lottery tickets to fund your Down Under global trip...
one day we're gonna *hang out*! yeah X\
PS i found some *gorgeous* wee daisy beads to mix into that pack of sunshine beads you bought me, promise to do some threading soon as... this week i have been filling in form after form for The Life Change next year - the boys' enrolment form for skool and mine for university *ack!*

Dan @ Necessary Roughness said...

"If you offer the giant Italian cookies, you may loose a finger, be careful."

No children or fireflies were harmed in the meeting. :)

Lutheran Lucciola said...

True, I wasn't harmed. Except for the body-checking as I turned the corner in North Beach traffic on foot, because I come up to your stomach.

As a matter of fact, I don't even think I know what you look like, come to think of it!

Barb the Evil Genius said...

Kate, hope your Life Change works out for you all, and that you enjoy the beads! ;) Life Changes can be scary, can't they?

LL, when I first met Dan he was sitting down, so I got to see what he looked like. :D

Sniz said...

I saw a 7 or 8 year old girl riding her bike down the middle of the street on my walk yesterday. She had a blue tooth in her ear and was chatting away. Do you think she'd hear a car if it was coming up behind her? I'm just sayin'.

Don't know why I told you that except that your post made me think of it. I personally am a big proponent of the internet and have also made great friends and contacts with it and feel it is another tool in God's hands to do wonderful things.