Thursday, October 18, 2007

Lunch with Lady Mac

Yes, Lady Mac does exist! Just as lovely in the flesh as the photo on her blog. Tall and slim with lovely auburn hair and a big welcoming smile. She arrived safely in Surrey late Wednesday night, sans luggage and shoes and tells the story of her journey here.

I have to admit that I was very nervous about our meeting, for Lady Mac, from her blog and her stories there, is larger than life. She doesn't just run errands in Morocco, she has adventures while out and about. This is how she describes herself:

I was in Scotland, I was in Paris, I was in India, then I was in Alabama, USA. I was in Alaska USA, I was in London, I was in Kashmir, then I was in Boston where I had a white fuzzy cat. then my daughter graduated from university a Fulbright scholar and decided to do her year of research in Morocco. I am now in Morocco writing, writing...

This is how I describe myself:

Nobody Important: Retired from hospital pharmacy, wasting too much time reading blogs and surfing the internet.

You may notice a slight difference between these two people. However, the two of us spent six and half hours together over a very long lunch, talking up a storm. What did we talk about for such a long time, you might well ask. Anything and everything: politics, religions, our daughters - with hers now starting on the path that mine took seventeen years ago, our travels, her life in Morocco, her years spent in India, how much we both love Alaska, writing, reading, books, blogging, her very exotic travels which mine pale against. We covered a lot of territory and yes Lady Mac is larger than life. Someone I know you would all like to meet in person.

Lady Mac is here for the Surrey Writers' Festival so she will be quite busy over the next few days but we hope to get together again before she leaves. It seems we haven't finished our conversation. Lady Mac's daughter was worried about her meeting someone she only knew over the internet but your mother was quite safe with the me Q. I really am a "little old lady", not an axe murderer.

Surrey image from Wikimedia here.


Sienna said...

This is so funny! I could imagine what possible doubt(s) went through people's minds about their wonderful you got to meet though.

This is what I love about cyberspace, the people, the knowledge that is readily available; the negatives to the internet can be heartbreaking but it's always great to hear the good stories.

I met my namesake over the net, after guarded little conversations we discovered parallel lives, same ages, same names, same family names, same family birthdates...and it goes on and on!...Pam is in California, me in Victoria Australia!


Chrysalis Angel said...

I can't blame the daughter at all in these times. Sad we all have to be so careful. So glad to hear a nice connection. What an interesting blog she has, as is yours. I'm glad you had a great time.

Anonymous said...

I expect you have been gossiping about me ... please do not tell her about our 'thing' she will be very jealous!

Janice Thomson said...

How wonderful that a tool like the net can connect people in a positive way. Hope you get to visit her again Jmb.

Carver said...

That's wonderful that you got to meet. It is funny how the tables turn with children. It's similar with my daughter now that I'm meeting friends I've made through an online melanoma support group.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

How fabulous to have met Lady Mac! I'd love to have been there. It is a bit scary meeting someone you only know from the net and I think Liz was a bit worried about meeting me in Britain, saying it's the sort of thing she tells her sons not to do, but all was fine. You are too modest about how interesting you are, jmb!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Mutley - you love another? I shall hurl myself from the balcony forthwith.

lady macleod said...

How do you imagine that Mutley KNEW we were talking about HIM???!!! Yikes, I TOLD you we needed to sweep the place for 'bugs'.

I shall NEVER be able to live up to that glowing description!

I had a wonderful time. What a joy to find another person with whom time passes without notice. You are a fiercely alive woman, a true joy to be in your company. Thank you for coming all the way over to - Surrey (which apparently people is not up to snuff when it compares to Vancouver!)

We must meet again, mustn't we - we haven't finished our conversation! I do thank you for the cool weather and the glorious rain!!! :-)

Ian Lidster said...

One could say 'lucky you', but I say, and sincerely mean it, 'lucky her' for getting to spend time with you, and I'm sure she thinks that way, too. Personally, I'd love to sit down and chat with both of you. Meanwhile, I still have a problem getting my head around the idea of a writers' festival in Surrey, but that's my growing up on the Mainland bias talking.

jams o donnell said...

It's so nice to hear about your meeting Lady Macleod. The only other blogger I have met is someone I work with anyway! There are a some bloggers I would love to meet. Perhaps one day...

Ellee said...

There is a blogger who visits my site who is/was an axe murderer. Really. But how lovely for you to meet Lady M, I know from Sally and Geoff that she is stunning. It's a pity we are all spread so far apart, I know we would get on really well and enjoy each others company.

jmb said...

Hi Pam,
I'm glad you had a good experience in this regard. It really was great to meet a favourite blogger in person. It's too funny to have the child warning the parent about this thing.

Hi CA,
Lady Mac does have a great blog and it was fun to have lunch together and hear about her exploits.

Hi Mutley,

All those other topics I listed were just a blind. What else would take such a long time to discuss other than your doggy self? My lips are sealed, the secret is safe with me. Lady Mac has red hair. I dread to think of her jealous reaction.

HI Janice
It's a small world isn't Janice? And the serendipitous ways we interconnect is amazing, even via the internet.

Hi Carver
I think it so wonderful how we can meet with people we've met this way. I'm sure you would not have been able to cope without these people.

It is scary, as you well know, meeting people who you think you know so well but we show such a little part of ourselves on line that we can easily give false impressions, although not meaning to do so.
That Mutley, he breaks all the girls hearts!

Hi Lady Mac,
That Mutley is a very devious character, I think he is stalking you.
It was lovely to meet you, even in Surrey. Hopefully next time we meet it will be in Vancouver.

Hi Ian,
I think we both enjoyed the visit. Too bad you couldn't be there too. You could give her some pointers after your long career at writing. The Surrey Writers'Festival was news to me too, although it has been going for 15 years.

Hi Jams,
This was my first meeting with another blogger too. I have met other people from a listserv I belonged to for years. We all (200) knew each other quite well online, were not anonymous, and met when we came to each other's city.

Hi Ellee,
How did you know Ellee? How awful for you.
It was lovely to meet Lady Mac. Do you think we should have a blogpower convention in some central place in the future? Those who wish to remain anon. will have to wear costume, like at a masked ball. What fun it would be.

Thank you for visiting and commenting

Lee said...

I've read Lady Mac's blog a few times and from your description the lady certainly does match her writings. It sounds like you both had an interesting and wonderful time together. :)

VioletsVintage said...

A bloggers 'blind date', how wonderful!

Voyager said...

What fun to meet another blogger in person. And so sweet that her daughter was worried.

jmb said...

HI Lee,
I find Lady Mac's blog very interesting and I was very pleased to meet her.

Hi Violetsvintage,
I love that analogy, a blogger's "blind date".

Hi Voyager,
Wasn't it sweet. I think a blogger's convention would be nice here in Vancouver!
Thanks for visiting and commenting.

Ellee said...

Welshcakes, I think Mutley has a lot of love to give, if you get my drift.

Josie said...

JMB, there are a few bloggers coming to visit me in the spring - Geewits, Tara, and of course there are the usual suspects who live on the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, so as the date draws nearer, I'll keep you posted, because we would love you to join us. It seems to be turning into a blogging reunion. Tara is a writer/poet in Michigan, Geewits lives in Texas and she recently met Jazz. And of course there will be Leslie and I am hoping Janice can join us too. I'll have to see if I can think of anyone else. It would be fun just to get together for lunch - perhaps at Bridges.

jmb said...

Hi Josie,
I think a local blogger convention is a great idea and I would love to get together with you at Bridges or anywhere. Keep in touch, you have my email.

Sen. Peter Higham Paul said...

That needed to be videorecorded! Stanley and Livingstone were as a sideshow compared to this meeting of the super Blogpowerers.

Anonymous said...

Glad I made you laugh!!

rowena said...

Hi, nice to know you've met your cyber-friend...I bet it was a joyous meet-up.

jmb said...

James you are too kind. We were probably videorecorded by the security cameras! More like the meeting between the Lady and the Maid.

Mutley, you always make me laugh!

Hi Rowena,
It was a wonderful meeting and we're going to dinner tomorrow too. Such fun.