Last Saturday I found myself walking into a room full of 80 elegant bloggers—most of whom I knew by their written wisdom, several with whom I had exchanged multiple e-mails, but only a few of whom I had actually met in person.
The only word that I can use to describe the experience? SURREAL. Like, imagine knowing someone’s thoughts and ideas inside and out, but only really recognizing them by their smiling business photo. There are SO many little things that cannot come through written words or photos, or even video chat. Like, for example, the way someone shifts their weight when they talk to you. The way someone holds a glass. These seem like little trifles, but they all come together to define a person in a way that an avatar never can.
Anyway, the weekend was such an overwhelmingly different experience… and I really didn’t know how to approach "the recap" blog post. But then I read David Reich’s synopsis of the weekend and decided to take a page from his playbook. So I’m going to list ten quick and fun little tidbits I learned this weekend, and then tag 5 of my socialite buddies to do the same.
1. Last weekend was the first time that Age of Conversation creators/editors Drew McLellan and Gavin Heaton had ever met face-to-face.
2. CK is just as lovely in person as she comes across in every blog post and photo she posts. She also wears jewelry over gloves, a fashion daring fashion choice that I find ever so chic.
3. When you are in a foreign place and don’t know all the menu options, take a tip from Luc Debaisieux and just google image them. That’s how he decided against the Eggs Benedict.
4. C.B. Whittemore can make you feel like a zillion dollars with one smile. She was the first to recognize me at the door, which instantly eased all of my nervous energy.
5. A Singelringen is a Swedish ring for singles (I’m write a separate blog post with more details), and Linda Sherman wears two of them on her hands. I suppose they cancel each other out, because she’s got an amazingly cool husband, who I had the pleasure of meeting at Brunch.
6. Back in undergrad, Jennifer Berk’s team won the MIT Mystery Hunt puzzlehunt contest. Yeah, it’s a really big deal.
7. Last weekend was the first time that Arun Rajagopol had ever been to the United States, though he’s moving to Houston soon. I’m trying to convince him to settle in Austin instead though.
8. Both of David Reich’s children went to school in Boston, and they now have very different and equally unique professions.
9. Shashi Bellamkonda speaks something like 7 languages, and totally baffled my Soviet boyfriend when he broke out into fluent Russian.
10. Todd Andrlik is tall. Like, really, really tall. And has a glowing smile.