So I'm at a local restaurant sitting down to dinner with the kids last night, and my phone rings. Dig it out of my pocket, and the number is for commenter OrangeNeckInNY. Answer the call, and it's not OrangeNeckInNY on the line, but none other than Newbius himself! He put together a northern VA blogmeet, and was sitting down to dinner with OrangeNeckInNY, New Jovian Thunderbolt, and OldNFO, all of which I got to talk to; as well as commenter Stretch, whom I've had the pleasure of communicating with in e-mail for some time now.
Newbius mentioned that my name came up in conversation (with regards to pistol bayonets, of course) and OrangeNeckInNY mentioned that he had my phone number, so they called. I was touched that they thought of me, as NoVA is close enough for a weekend trip and I had entertained the idea of striking out for parts south when the meet was first mentioned. Sadly, Mrs. G. had to work this weekend, so those plans had to be shelved; however OldNFO told me they were going to try to pull something together when we pass through that way in April on our way to visit the mouse.
That put a smile on my face that even two screaming kids couldn't remove...
(Humorous side note: T-bolt mentioned that since the restaurant they were in served alcohol, they couldn't carry firearms. As he's telling me this, I'm chuckling quietly to myself because I - in the Volksrepublik of MA - am sitting in a restaurant with a loaded Glock G30 strapped to my hip, perfectly legally. While they're in gun-happy Virginia prohibited from exercising their Second Amendment right because of bureaucratic nonsense).
Thanks again for the call, guys - y'all made my night!
That is all.