Okay, so people and animals: these seem to be the subjects I'm still terrible at getting into focus. This was the best photo I took of my most recent house-guest, the lovely Java. Or, I should say it was the better, since I only took two. In a period of 28 hours or so, I thought to pick up my camera only right at the very end, as she was leaving. And this photo does not do her justice.
Forgetting about the camera was the least of it; I was, without a doubt, the most boring tour guide ever. She insists she had a good time (as did I), but she certainly didn't get to see New York. I met her bus near Penn Station, brought her back to the apartment, fully intending we would drop off her bag, then go see something, then we picked up the conversation we started via blog comments and emails. That was about 1:30pm. The next thing I knew, it was 9pm, all I'd offered Java was a glass of water, we'd never made it out of the house, not even to pick up the groceries I intended to use to cook dinner. She did get something of the New York experience though; we ordered take-out, and had it delivered to my fifth floor walk-up. "You order the best Chinese," she said.
We kept talking until 11pm, when I needed to check in with a West Coast friend, then we toddled to sleep around 1am. Over breakfast the next morning (I did finally make it to the grocery store), we agreed she should see Central Park at least, before we needed to get her back to her bus at 4:30. Then we returned to our conversation. Next thing we knew, it was 3:30, time to get to the bus station. Yup, Java came to New York, and saw... my apartment. Oh, she also got a glimpse of my neighborhood, and the subway, and midtown, but that was it. I really know how to show off this crazy, whacky town. I had a blast, though.
This blogging phenomenon continues to surprise and delight me. Java is now the third person I've met online who has gone on to appear in the real world too. I love email. I love blogs. Both have enriched my life immeasurably in the last few years. Nothing though, will ever replace the joy of a good long conversation. It's possible to take the verbal scenic route in a way that a computer screen can never equal. That may be one of the most banal observations ever made ("These findings, released today in DUH! Magazine..."), so I'll spare you the delights brought from being able to see, hear and touch someone who was previously characters from the ether... but suffice it to say, even when I know it will happen, the reality of it always manages to surprise me in delightful ways.
It was lovely having you here, Java.