Saturday, May 16, 2009

Beware of Canadians bearing gifts...

...for they just might become a good friend. As I mentioned, Violet Sky trekked across the border to come to Rochester's Lilac Festival this past Thursday, and to have a blog meet with yours truly. As she mentioned on her post, this was my very first blog meet, so I am no longer a virgin, and I don't even feel dirty about it.

I have to give her a lot of credit; the weather, at least at first, was decidedly uncooperative. I thought for a bit that she might cancel on me, but it's obvious that those who live up in the Great White North are made of even heartier stock than we are. The rain was coming down pretty hard on her trek here, and as I waited at one of the two Starbucks that I frequent for her arrival, I was getting suspicious that the festival might turn into a total washout.

I needn't have worried, as it turned out. She pulled into the parking lot, and I spied her as she was walking towards me, and as we recognized each other from the pictures we sent to each other, we both broke out in big smiles, and hugged warmly. While it was still raining pretty well, she was sans umbrella, and I thought she was probably thinking: "I'm from Canada. Umbrella? I don't need no steekin' umbrella!"

After deciding that the first best thing to do was to grab some lunch, and then head off to the festival, we hopped into our cars and I guided her down towards Park Ave, to one of my fav restaurants, Sinbad's. We dined on falafel kebabs, and generous portions of humus with sides of pita wedges for slopping it up. She commented on the size of the food portions, and I had to remind her that this is America. *wink* While we were eating, the sun broke through, and the day took a turn for the better, weather-wise.

While at lunch, we talked about a wide variety of things, a little about our lives, how we got to where we are today, a little about Burlington, where she lives, and then she surprised me with a small gift:

A little bit of Canada in a nice wrapper turns out to be:
Along with this little thing that is now proudly displayed on my fridge:
After stuffing ourselves silly, We hopped in my car for the ride to my theatre (that she mentions in her post) that will soon be closing its doors to move to a new location. Along the way there, I showed her the mansions of East Ave in Rochester, which were at one time the homes of the very rich movers and shakers in the city, including the George Eastman House, former home of the founder of Kodak (now a museum).

After taking her onstage and backstage, we hopped back in my car, picked up hers, and headed off to the festival. Miraculously, we found a good place to park, and headed off into Highland Park, site of the festival. Taking in the sights and sounds, and smells, we stopped for some liquid refreshment, and just talked and talked. I felt a little guilty, as I know I can have a tendency to monopolize a conversation, but I think that we found out we had a lot in common, especially when we were in my car earlier, and I put a CD in that she instantly recognized.

"Wow, that's Pat Metheny!" she blurted out. I had no idea she was a big fan of his, and had seen him to boot. There was no doubt now that we had formed a good friendship.

We cruised through the festival, and it was time for me to leave, as I had to get to a meeting that my supervisor decided to shcedule for that day. We said our good-bye's, hugged, and I gave her directions back to teh highway from the park.

Now, it's my turn to return the visit, hopefully sooner rather than later. This blog meeting stuff is okay in my book.


VioletSky said...

So, next time I will get the up-graded tour?

Peter said...

Blog meeting stuff can be an exhilarating experience Mr Nighttime :-)

So glad to read you both had a great time - the bonus of having a festival in town must have been very satisfying.

@violetsky: I'm convinced you're one of those warm, empathic Canadians my parents often told me about (they intended to migrate to Canada once, and almost did). Shame about the Atlantic ;-)

Ruth said...

I had to smile at the food portion comment, being an American meself.

Hi, Mr. Nightime, I'm one of Violet Sky's followers and bopped over to see your version of the meet-up. One of my blog buddies and I recently met up with our husbands (body guards) in tow, Just in case the other was an axe murderer. It worked out great too, though we didn't spend as much time as you and Violet Sky did together. Oh, and my meetup photo of Susan was the little reference VS made about the "obscured reflection" - haha.

Berni aka Vic Grace said...

Visiting from Violet Sky. The pictures of the lilacs were lovely. The lilacs up here in the north are just coming into bud and it will be quite a while before we see any blooms. Fortunately lilacs thrive in our cold temperatures. I live about 60 miles east of the bottom of the Alaska panhandle in the Cariboo region of BC. I met a fellow blogger myself while in Mexico this February.

Mr. Nighttime said...

VS - Indeed. You've gotten the mileage credits now that make you qualify for the upgraded tour. ;-)

Peter - She's all that and funny too. You're next on the list, so get your ass over here! ;-)

Ruth - Thanks for stopping by. Yeah, I couldn't help but tease her a little when we were eating. Fortunately, we didn't need any special protection in order to meet. ;-)

Berni - Wow, you're just getting your blooms, huh? Well, we think we have bad winters here in western NY, but those don't even touch yours. Thanks for stopping on by, and feel free to comment again.

Bina said...

Sounds like a GREAT time! And she brought you gifts!!!! I would love to go to a festival like that. To me, Lilacs are the very best smell in the whole world, and yet I don't have one at my house. I'm going to have to correct that!

Glad you two enjoyed yourselves!

jay said...

That sounds like a great day. It's lovely to meet online friends, isn't it?

Hummous and pitta bread sounds delicious - and I bet the festival was wonderful. AND she got a tour of the theatre! I'm jealous!