People are always so disappointed when they meet me in person.
I don’t have rainbow bubbles orbiting my head.
The ones you blow from soap have a half-life of about six seconds.
Then you get soap droplets all over your shoulders and it looks like you had an unfortunate fly-over by a really anemic bird.
Then there’s the suspend bubbles around your head from a wide-brimmed hat approach.
But that just makes you look like a lame-ass attempt at a science fair project by a kid who didn’t understand the relative sizes of the various planets.
Also, painted styrofoam balls hanging in your vision give you vertigo.
Holographic projections of bubbles are too costly and require dragging a heavy piece of projection equipment on a cart around with me at all times. And also a generator.
Face painted bubbles make me look like an escapee from a test lab.
So when you get me in person, you just get me.
Although if there happens to be a cause wherein I am trying to get you to donate money, apparently there will be singing. By me. In a key which means I will not hit the high note in the twelfth measure without a stepladder.
Which I didn’t have.
It is entirely possible that I traumatized a waiter with the singing.
But I sort of figure waiters realize they’re in a hazard position.
Hence the aprons.
Yesterday was the Napa In January Blogger’s event. Which involved a private tour and tasting at Whitehall Lane Winery and a private three course meal at Brix, both in the upper Napa Valley. (Which was why we nixed the titles “Pittsburg in January,” “Rancho Cucamonga in January” and “At Adult Book Store Near You in January,” although they were all strong contenders.
I got to meet some new friends who feel like old friends owing to the harassing and haranguing through Twitter and Blogs: Paige, aka Jaime, from Slightly Off Balance and Melissa from Confessions of a Dr. Mom.
The lovely Tara from Bite the Bedbugs and Courtney from Cupcakes and Wine were both in attendance, and some bloggers new to me – Stephanie from Mommy vs. Madness, Jennifer from Today According To Me and Irene from Creative Ways and Playful Days – joined in as well.
A wonderful treat were two women who knew of The Way of the Blog: Kristy from She Just Walks Around With It and Helen Jane from Helen Jane. Who, despite this principally being a meet and greet, did not begrudge being tied, slipped a ruffie and interrogated mercilessly about the ins and outs of blogging.
We had simply the best, loveliest time.
Despite my singing.