Me and SuperG.
From the moment he came into the coffee shop, I couldn't keep the grin off my face. His smile takes up his whole face and it's impossible not to return it.
"Hi! it's so great to meet you." He looks around the Starbucks and barely takes a breath. "I never come here. I have no idea what to order. Hi!"
Having read his blog for almost two years, I had a strong sense of what SuperG would be like - funny, charming, and friendly. And I was right on all counts. George is one of those people you hope there are more of. Aside from being very, very funny and completely silly and entertaining, George is one of the most genuinely warm people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting.
And he knows stuff. Like phrases I've never heard before, but will make considerable efforts to implement. Like "trip on this." And "honking." And making my voice drop, a la Vera DeMillo from "In Living Color," when I say we're "writers."
He made me laugh. He made Chris laugh. And I think he made himself laugh a few times, which made me laugh all over again. It was a cycle of giggles, serious discussions, jokes, and grins that went on for several hours underneath the palm trees in Burbank. We compared pump hiding spots. (I revealed that mine was tucked into my sock and George said that Master P was in his pocket, causing Chris to raise an eyebrow in alarm until I turned to him and said, "No, Master P is his pump.")
I laughed so hard when Chris realized that George was the "ninjabetic."
"Oh yeah! You're the guy in the meter, too, right?"
We talked about George's band and how they're not named The High Fives, as I had thought, because, as George stated - "We're not a boy band." We talked about dLife and Blogabetes, about our health goals, our diabetes fundraising walks, and I confirmed that Nicole is, indeed, as wicked cool in person as she is in her blog.
Reading someone's blog on a daily basis and identifying with what they write and how they feel about your shared medical condition creates a bond that reaches beyond your basic, "Hi, nice to meet you." It's like meeting someone for the first time that you've known forever.
Trip on this: George, it was honking cool to meet you and you are such a wonderful guy. Oh snap!