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Pull Up A Chair…

The first YearlyKos in Las Vegas was such a hoot, mainly because I got to meet so many of the people I’d been conversing with for months on end on FDL.

It was such a great family moment at our first FDL gathering. 

We all stood up, said a bit about ourselves and then revealed who were were on the blog.  There were a few surprises here and there, but most folks in person matched up to their online personalities.

The big hoot for most folks was finally meeting tbogg in the flesh, Hawaiian shirt, hottie wife and all. (And boy is Mrs. tbogg a hottie! Lucky bastard.)

But finally putting faces and real life smiles to names and online personalities still stands out as one one my favorite things to do. 

Not just on that one occasion, either.  But every time I’ve gone to a conference or just traveled somewhere and grabbed coffee or gone shopping or for a dinner.

The world is a much smaller place because I’ve got some blog "friends" just about everywhere.

One of the "regulars" that I’ve gotten to meet through the years is katymine.  She graciously brought me a gift of some gorgeous photos and a cookbook from her trip Greece. I’d mentioned in a thread one day that I wanted to vicariously stow away on her family trip to Greece, and she brought me a package to be able to do just that.

A friend of katymine’s left a note in a thread this week (H/T to demi for the heads up) that I wanted to be sure everyone got to see:

Hi there Late Night FDL, this is Elmore, Katytmine’s friend. She wants me to tell you that, due to her illness, right now she isn’t able to participate on this blog, but she’s here reading all the entries and is thinking of all her friends at FDL.

Just wanted to let you know that we are thinking about you, too, katymine. Sending you some good thoughts.  And hoping that you are kicking some cancer ass, baby.

Life is precious. So let’s take a little time this morning to catch up with each other. Pull up a chair…

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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