After two years or so of a virtual connection Kate and I went live yesterday, taking advantage of great September weather and her journey to New York City from Australia for all that the City offers.
I knew about Kate’s travel plans because she’s been sharing them on Face Book and yes, I am a regular. I think though that we began our online connection during a month-long blog challenge organized by Edublogs, a site that hosts a blogging network for teachers and students. For a full month of May we were challenged to write every day with a community of teacher bloggers from all over the world, and many came from Australia and New Zealand. I took up the challenge and spent lots of time reading and commenting on blogs I discovered in this community. I think this is where Kate and I first met. It was a no brainer connection. Kate’s an actor, director, retired college professor passionate about theater and engaged in the digital explorations.
Kate arrived in NYC a week ago and began to share her NYC experience on Facebook and when I suggested brunch in the Village. Kate agreed. It would be her first Village experience and I knew a great spot for meeting and eating: the A.O.C., a lovely French bistro with an outside garden in the back.
I was ready to meet Kate solo but Tuvia didn’t hesitate to when I invited him along for the adventure. We left early, and drove in from Paramus without much traffic. On-street parking is always a challenge and it was a particular challenge yesterday, but at 11;45 I was seated at a table against the back fence at the AOC, sipping coffee, waiting for Tuvia to move the car closer to our spot and the arrival of Kate.
First Kate and then Tuvia joined me. We all began with coffee as Kate and I began moving from virtual to live. It was easy, comfortable, amazing actually. Of course if you aren’t yet blogging or twittering or updating your FB status it’s hard to believe that friendships can really be created and sustained virtually but Kate from Australia is another example of this virtual bonding and it was good to have Tuvia along to witness and join in as we talked politics, theater, music and life on a beautiful September day in NYC just as the 9/11 anniversary was ending a few blocks from us.
As lunch ended and we moved back onto a crowded street, Kate and I strolled down Bleeker. as Tuvia left us to feed the meter and wait for a call. I knew a great park nearby and we sat together and just enjoyed the place and the opportunity of the moment. We were seamlessly moving into our third act as we collected our things and headed back to the car. Always the gentleman, Tuvia insisted we drive Kate to her rental apartment and as we dropped her off and hugged goodbye I wondered how this live meeting would impact our virtual connection. I love the virtual but there’s nothing like live!
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