I got to have lunch today with three people I like and admire a lot: Sullivan, who blogs at LeftBrain/RightBrain, mostly on autism research, who I have known in real life for at least four years; Shannon des Roches Rosa (Squidalicious), and Jennifer Byde Myers (Into the Woods), who I have also known in real life for at least four years. (Shan, Jen & I are co-founders and editors of The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism.)
Here's the deal: Sullivan had never met Shannon & Jennifer in real life before. It was kind of like a group blind date. It was great.
We met at Mudai, an outstanding Ethiopian restaurant in Silicon Valley. It helped that the food was really, really good and we were sharing dishes.
And oh did we talk. Things about autism in childhood. Things food-related. We shared photos of our children (well, grandchildren in my case). Things about the broader autism community.
It also helped that the four of us share a lot of values.
So the moral(s) of this little post is: if you get a chance, meet your blog-friends and online acquaintances in real life. At a good restaurant. For lunch. You won't regret it.