Before I set even one foot onto the WordPress savannah, to begin this meet-the-bloggers safari, I found that I was being treated like a criminal – an alleged criminal, a might-be criminal. What’s worse is, I have to admit that it’s valid.
The first stop on our trip will be a short visit with Cordelia’s Mom, in the Buffalo area. Like me, she had Cordelia, a daughter who already had a blog site. Like me, her daughter pushed her in front of a blog-bus on the information super-highway.
Since Shimoniac and I are both about as dangerous to anyone, male or female, as a stuffed Tickle Me Elmo doll, I naively assumed we might meet at the home of one or the other. Not so! We’re online daters, not to be trusted till we prove we can be. We will wisely be met at a very public place.
As CM noted, “It’s not as if the writer of a long-established blogsite would turn out to be an axe-murderer.” but there are other disturbing possibilities. I realise that it’s just as true for us. If Shim and I follow Hansel and Gretel into the gingerbread house, we might end up being sold to white slavers. If so, it better be by the pound. If I cease posting, you’ll know that colonoscopy thing was just for practice.
Actually, since this trip is planned to last five days, I won’t be posting anything till early next week. Don’t despair, and please return then.
After most of a day and a night in Buffalo, we plan to wend our merry way through the Amish Paradise of eastern Ohio, to the country mansion of the Baron of the Blogsites, John Erickson. John has been off the air since about the middle of July. Repeated emails from both AFrankAngle and me have produced no response, either from John, or his wife. We fear the worst, but hope for the best.
While I don’t have permission to just show up, I still plan to stop by his place unannounced, to see if we can get some information. So John, if you’re reading this, that’s not the Fuller Brush man, or Avon, knocking on your door. Failing contact with J.E. or Mrs E, I have a letter I plan to leave, telling of all our love and how we miss him, and urging him to rejoin our community.
I thought John, and perhaps his wife, might like to accompany us to the knife show just to his south, and possibly over to see the Y-shaped bridge in Zanesville, and a couple of strange S-shaped bridges nearby.
The best-laid plans never survive the first contact with reality. The greatest chance of any success is to adapt, as much and as quickly as possible.
The son booked all three of his weeks of holidays in the summer “shutdown”, when it’s really hot in the plastics molding plant. He asked for a week of leave-of-absence for this trip. In previous years, others have asked and were quickly granted. After five weeks of no answer, he was suddenly told by the plant super, that they are just starting a new, large contract, and his leave was denied. The curse of being indispensible.
The day we wish to leave, Cordelia has an unbreakable business meeting. We will be met instead by Cordelia’s Mom, and her mother-in-law. While BrainRants says he’d like to meet, he has urgent family affairs to handle this weekend. Perhaps another time…. We can only hope to find the reckless recluse, John Erickson. This thing is coming apart faster than wet Kleenex.
We’re about to leave, carrying another $3.18 in orphaned American coinage, but promise to return with fabulous tales of genies, and Rocs, and flying carpets…. wait, that’s already been done. Whatever stories I return with, they’ll be brilliant. See you soon. 😀