While I was in Boston last week I had the fun opportunity to meet up with a few blog readers. I recognized all their names from comments or emails over the years and I finally got to add real live faces to those names! Steve was entirely weirded out and kept asking, “wait…are you really going to meet people from the internet?”. Then he would cast a stern glance at Samantha that clearly said, you’re not going to be involved with any of these shennanigans, are you???

Sorry Stevie. But we met the internets. And we liked them. The jury’s still out on whether or not they liked us.

As a funny aside, Steve actually called Samantha’s cell phone three times during our coffee date but she never heard it. He finally called my phone in a bit of a panic so when I answered I just kept saying our safe word over and over in an uncontrollable giggle: coffee! coffee! coffee!

(You must always have a safe word when meeting people on the internet. If for no other reason than to terrorize your husband and friend’s husbands.)

Poor Stevie, he just wanted to protect us.

But back to the cool friends we made. Ellen, Diana and Keri have read ThePigbear for a while (years?) so it was like walking into a room filled with old friends when we met. Well, friends whom you personally know nothing about, that is. But it was fun getting to know all about them! For my part I think the air of old-friendness was a bit strong, as I ended up telling at least one inappropriate story (oops!) that had everyone rolling at my expense. And for Samantha’s part I have to give her props for keeping the eye rolling to a minimum when the girls spoke kind words about me. She is my best friend afterall and knows my true colors, even when the internet might think otherwise about me. 😉

So there you have it, an evening of fun with a few blog readers. I’d love to do it again sometime. Maybe in a city near you? Of course, I’ll need to choose a new safe word since, you know, coffee would be a giveaway now.

*** Hey Boston girls, if you’re wondering when in the world we all had our picture taken together, we didn’t. It’s a composite. I just couldn’t stand to not have one with all of us in it so I asked my friend Photoshop to hook us up. And she did!

Ellen PattonFebruary 1, 2010 - 11:46 am

It was awesome meeting Erin Cobb the rock star and her side-kick Samantha! Seriously, it was a treat!! And, that’s funny about the photo — I was thinking, “hey, we didn’t take a photo of all of us with Erin’s camera”! I hope we get to hang out again sometime!!

TanyaFebruary 1, 2010 - 11:57 am

I can’t believe I didn’t get in on this coffee date. Next time you come to Boston, we must meet up!

adminFebruary 1, 2010 - 12:21 pm

Ah, Tanya, I’m sorry you missed it! I posted a little invite on the blog earlier last week about it. Hope we can make it work next week!

Lorena MoraFebruary 1, 2010 - 12:53 pm

How fun! Hope you make it out to Southern California someday, I would definitely meet up with you and anyone else for some coffee.

Beatrice KillamFebruary 1, 2010 - 2:32 pm

I’d love to meet you the next time you come visit Amy in Bozeman, Montana!! I have you to thank for having Amy as a friend. I’d been reading your blog for quite some time when you referred to your friend Amy in Montana. I was about to move to Montana from New Jersey and was curious as to where in Montana this Amy lives. And lo and behold, she lived in the very town I was moving to! I left a comment on her blog and she was nice enough to take me under her wing and show me the ropes here in Bozeman.

KeriFebruary 1, 2010 - 5:35 pm

Oh Erin! You are just as sweet as I knew you would be! I’m grateful we were ‘old friends’ enough to hear some stories and can’t wait to get together when you come back! Hopefully Samantha and I will get to visit before then too — We’ll be in touch I’m sure. Thank you again for taking the time to meet up – Next time we’ll have to plan more time as it always seems to go to fast! xxoo

AmyFebruary 2, 2010 - 9:00 am

Nice work on the composite! And as Beatrice mentioned–internet friends are fun!

Aunt LuFebruary 2, 2010 - 1:54 pm

WOW I would love to meet you and have coffee. When do you think you might be coming to California again 😉

jessicaFebruary 2, 2010 - 6:18 pm

or east tennessee?? knoxville? smoky mountains? 🙂

WendyFebruary 3, 2010 - 9:38 am

so glad you said that thing at the end about it being a composite because I was having the hardest time trying to figure out how the light shifted so dramatically….

what a fun night that must have been!
I have both a safe word and a “CALL 911! My body may be found in the desert if you don’t!” word. I’d tell you but then I’d have to find new ones, and that just seems like a hassle.

AngieFebruary 4, 2010 - 5:20 pm

Bloggy meet-ups are the best! I literally LOL-ed when I read that you photoshopped that picture together. Funny!

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