Today I had a lovely experience. Several weeks ago I was contacted by an internet acquaintance: he had friends visiting a retirement community in my area, and hoped I might allow them to contact me. This was not an extremely close friend, as some of my internet friends are. I wasn't even sure where I "met" him before. But I knew he was no fraud or huckster, and of course I conceded. I love meeting new people (even though I'm an introvert). I love the connections that the internet has brought into my life. I'm always on the lookout for new friends and new experiences. I've met lots of my email friends from various email lists, and they're invariably good people.
So after one missed opportunity (they arrived about 2 hours later than anticipated, and were still taking their tour of the community), I drove the 10 miles back up to where I might meet them (I know how road travel can be). We connected, checked them into their RV campsite, and I had the chance to visit a bit with them in their fabulous RV. Have I ever said that one of my fantasies is to buy an RV when I retire and just travel -- visit everyone everywhere I've ever known them (extensive, given my love of the internet, blogging, and email), and just experience different places. I fantasize that I could travel from Alaska to the southern tip of Chile in some fairly small recreational vehicle (perhaps a van conversion). Have I ever said that I love to travel? I'm actually thinking of some slightly larger van conversion, like one I saw last year. It's plenty big for me and my 2 dogs, though lots of stuff would have to go into storage.
The 3 of us finally connected, had wine and cheese at the Most Excellent RV, and then went out to dinner at a Mexican restaurant not too far from their campsite. We had an evening of delicious companionship, and I was able to tell them all the things I love about this mountain (they are thinking of settling here, coming from Vermont). Have I ever said that I sometimes get lonely here, and relish dining companions especially?
Oh, I do hope they decide to come here. Two new friends, including one retired Episcopal priest, would be a great gift here on the Plateau. But I do so appreciate the time I had to spend with them, the fun we had, and the chance to express all the things I love about this mountaintop. I also need to tell you about my experiences of "true bliss" in yoga class recently. Remind me, OK?