Sunday, October 24, 2010

Meeting An Old Friend

Today I had lunch with fellow blogger Nance and her husband. Up until today, Nance and I had pursued our friendship via a joint blog post, emails, comments on each other's blog posts and membership in two blog coops--Swash Zone and Hen's Teeth. Come to think of it, I actually think that I have communicated more with Nance than with some people whom I see every day.

We met in Chapel Hill, a town that I lived in for 25 years. I currently live about 35 miles away in Raleigh. I suggested that we have lunch at a popular Chapel Hill Restaurant, Breadman's--not my best idea. Breadman's is a fixture in Chapel Hill; it was in existence when I came to town in 1973. It has a large menu but it seems that they don't serve all of the menu all the time. For some reason, there is nothing on their menu to indicate that certain items are not available except a few asterisks next to a list of vegetables. Neither Nance, nor I, nor her better half read asteriks (clearly a dead language) so when we innocently attempted to get cornbread and fried chicken we were told, "Sorry, but we don't serve either for lunch on the weekend but it's available after 5:00 o'clock." As you may have noted, neither cornbread nor fried chicken is a vegetable so we didn't even have the benefit of an asterisk to clue us in as to the unavailbility of these items. Nonetherless, we were able to find some tasty items on the menu that were being served for lunch.

There was so much conversation that I can no longer recall all the particulars of what we discussed, just that it was lively, and entertaining, and a totally delightful 2+ hours. I did share my fascination with the television show 24, a violent spy drama starring Kiefer Sutherland; however, I thought it best to save discussion of my other favorite shows for our next visit: Criminal Minds (about the FBI Behavorial Analysis Unit that profiles serial killers), and Dexter (about a serial killer who works for a police department but he only kills people who deserve it). Did I mention that I'm a pacifist; I just like to watch make-believe violence.

Just in case you're curious, Nance is a beautiful woman; her outside reflects her inner beauty. She is as interesting to chat with as her post are interesting to read. Her husband is also a charming conversationlist. I can't recall if Nance refers to him in her blog as DT, DH, or DJ. With my bad memory, the answer is probably none of the above.

 P.S. Nance took pictures; I forgot my camera!


Big Mark 243 said...

Ten years ago, I was in Wilson and coming through Raleigh and Durham to train... I don't know if you would have liked to have met me, but I would have certainly enjoyed meeting you.

Who knows... KT is in Tarboro and Lexxie is still in Wilson. I do aim at seeing them this year and if things fall into place...

Linda S. Socha said...

What a great idea Sheria! I hopw you have many more of these connections.

Love your blog! I have been mostly away from mine .....working at getting back in the grove.

Nance said...

That meeting was such a good thing. I became a fan of blogger meetups; you're a multi-dimensional woman to me now and that will enrich all the words that we share in the future.

To Big Mark: Do it! You'll be so glad you did!

DH says Hey and sends a hug!

Sarcastic Bastard said...

Glad you had such a nice time, Sheria.

Anonymous said...

Cornbread & fried chicken seems like one of those platters that should be served all day.

Kay Dennison said...

I've read your stuff at the Swash Zone and read Nance today and decided to come on over!!!

Sounds like you two had a nice meeting. Good stuff!!!!

And yeah, I like your blog. I'll be back!

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Have met four blogger friends so far, and all have been outstanding.

Deb said...

Sheria...I stumbled on you tonight and all I can say is, "Oh, what a feelin'!" I'm also a Carolina Girl - only South not North. But I gotta tell ya, there's something about that Black, Carolina spirit that never "meets a stranger" that moved me to comment after reading this post (people often ask me, "What the hell IS it with you about this whole "Southern thing???" - and I've not yet been able to describe it). While I am probably the antithesis of your apparently, gentler nature (expletives are NEVER deleted at my place when I feel them!) - there's a connection to your writing that reminds me - of me.

I hope you don't mind, but I've added you to My Lynx ('specially after discovering we also had similar tastes in "Design!").

Look forward to more of your "Examined Life!"