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Sunday, December 11, 2005

Greetings, Earthlings

Just a quick update from LALA land:

I don't have time to do our visit justice; expect a more detailed blow-by-blow in the weeks to come. I just want to say that so far the trip is wonderful. The blogger dinner last night exceeded my expectations in so many ways. I'm generally an introverted wallflower in group settings. Last night I couldn't keep my mouth shut. I could have talked to these people all night long.

The Beans have been magnificent hosts. The kids are adorable, the food delicious, the house is meticul--

Ow!

Stop that!

Why are you doing that?

Don't be ridiculous!

No, nobody is going to decend on you like locusts!

That's nuts! Nobody knows where you live!

Oh, fine.

Uh, folks, uh...scratch those last few lines. The Beans have been feeding us dog food and making us sleep in a damp garage.

Anyway, just wanted to put down a quick thought before it eludes me. It was great meeting all the bloggers yesterday. But I have discovered one thing about the blogosphere. It's not the same as real life. Virtual friends have different properties than actual friends. For example, if a bunch of people talk to each other daily, and all seem to congregate in the same place, you assume a certain common network of relationships exists. You know all the same people.

It often seems that way on the internet, but in fact it's not true. So just because Brett, and Inland Empress, and Citizen of the Month (and Sophia), and Doctor Bean, and Ball-and-Chain, and Mrs. Balabusta all interact in some way or another with regularity at Chez Psychotoddler, we are not, in fact, a virtual rat pack moving from blog to blog and reading the same things at the same time.

So it was a little disconcerting to bring up say, DovBear, or Luke Ford, or Treppenwitz, or Ezzie, or Toronto Pearl, and assume that these guys and gals knew these people and blogs as well as myself, only to find that they didn't know to whom or what I was referring. Yes, they all know me, and yes, the blogosphere is a web of links and references and commenters, but no, we're not all moving around as a group.

Except for Jack. I'm pretty sure he's following me.

See y'all next week.

22 comments:

Chaim said...

You didnt discuss me??? Oy

Jack's Shack said...

I wouldn't say following. I like to think of it as cleaning up after you. ;)

respondingtojblogs said...

When you don't actually know a person, you get to project properties onto them that they don't possess. That could be a good thing or a bad thing, but it surely makes for interesting times when you do meet them.

Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

Sounds like fun!

cruisin-mom said...

wow, I almost feel jealous...especially living right here in L.A...I read all of your blogs daily, and periodically comment...even though I don't blog myself. You even got to meet the famous "Sophia"!!! You're right, P.T., that could have been a potentially awkward situation. Glad you guys had so much fun!
Randi

Ezzie said...

You didnt discuss me??? Oy

You discussed me?! Oy. Should I be worried? ;)

Actually, now I'm curious...

Doctor Bean said...

How'd you get to the computer?

Get back to the garage!

wanderer said...

It was great meeting you at the Beans yesterday!

I actually think this is all very fascinating. First the Internet did it, and now the blogosphere has made our world even smaller. I think your observations about the blogosphere versus real life are right on. The sociology textbooks haven't even caught up with us yet! We are learning new and interesting ways to interact and make friends, and our lives are all the richer for it.

Essie said...

So glad you're having a great trip! Enjoy LaLa Land

Anne said...

Just for the record, I'd heard of Luke Ford long before stumbling onto this charming blog in Sept. '04.

What was funny was having the people at dinner turn and say "Who are YOU?" and having to explain Inland Empress to them.

I'm so pleased the Beans unleashed you and your wife long enough to dominate our dinner conversation. You had many fascinating things to say, but then so did everyone else, which is why we all talked at once and now can't remember anything.

And Sophia is indeed a star. I bask in her radiant glow.

PsychoToddler said...

I really wish that I had dominated the conversation. Everyone had so many interesting things to say that at times there were 3 conversations going on at once and I couldn't catch everything. What we needed was an alpha male to get up and direct the flow of conversation.

Or a conch shell.

brettdl said...

While the blogosphere seems huge, the world still seems a small place to me. My grandparents lived a few blocks from where Mr. Psychotoddler's wife lived for a few years.

Ralphie said...

I can't believe I missed all of this! My parents had to pick this weekend to have a 40th anniversary renewal-of-vows ceremony conducted by the same rabbi who officiated at their wedding? Blast them!


Also, why didn't you invite Jack and Luke to join you at the restaurant? Now that would have been a party.

Anne said...

I think Jack was invited but couldn't make it. And I would NOT have attended any dinner with Luke Ford. I don't think trying to swallow his misogyny along with my stir-fried eggplant constitutes a "party" in any festive sense of the word.

And, actually, I resent you implying that it WASN'T a party with only the lowly Empress in attendence.

Suffice to say you'll not find yourself dining in Chez Levy any time soon. Sniff.

Ralphie said...

Aw, come on, I was being all sarcastical-like.

Anne said...

Well, you wouldn't find yourself dining at Chez Levy in any case. We don't keep kosher.

Sorry I'm not as fascinating as a former pornographer. I try my best.

Robbie said...

You're not supposed to come back Wednesday, are you?

Cause it's supposed to snow here again...

MC Aryeh said...

Can't wait to hear details.....Glad to hear Sophia is real! I had been wondering if she was just a blog invention composed by Neil's creative mind....

Mrs. Balabusta said...

I would like to interupt this blog for a weather bullitin:

We are expecting 3-4" of snow on Wed and another 2-3" on Thursday for totals equaling more than half a foot, or in more scientific terms, "Up to Your Pupik".

I was wondering again today why I came back here? And then the Empress had to bring up the stir fried eggplant - (Which was Very good)......

PsychoToddler said...

Sophia is very real and very cool. And Neil is obviously very talented and creative.

(Of course, it's possible he just hired some actress to pretend she was Sophia...)

PsychoToddler said...

(It's also possible that Neil paid me and the other bloggers off to TELL you that Sophia is real...)

PsychoToddler said...

(It's entirely possible that I don't exist and you all think you're reading a blog called Psychotoddler. Ridiculous name for a blog! Why would you consider for a minute that this whole thing isn't just a dream.)

(Wait, maybe none of you exist...)