I met Jim Thomsen! We dined last Saturday night at the Rialto Cafe in Denver, amidst the warnings of several well-meaning friends and the understandable misgivings of a loving protective husband. It was great! The most fun I've had with a complete stranger in a long time. But you see, we weren't complete strangers, we were that 21st century breed of something heretofore unknown: blog friends. To sit across the table from someone you've never met, yet you are familiar with personal details of each other's lives... well, it was a little disconcerting at first. But only for about 30 seconds. We talked and laughed our way through dinner, and high-fived over 80's songs for which we share a mutual love.
One must always balance the safety/adventure ratio to one's own sense of comfort. I have always valued the adventure side of my life, especially when it comes to people. There are so many interesting, talented, funny people in this world, and I am grateful to have met another one of them.
The news, TV, the compartmentalization of modern American culture..... all conspire against any sense of community we might create by reaching out. Were my friends and husband being unreasonable? Of course not. Are there wicked people out there? Certainly. Should you do everything you can to avoid being a victim? Absolutely. Should you allow the paranoid fear of a minute percentage to overrule the possibility of a newfound friendship?
I think you know my answer to that.