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Monday, August 18, 2008

It’s raining bloggers!

You can’t hold an International J-Blogger Convention without some spontaneous pre-event events.  For instance, there is the Shabbaton being held this Shabbat in Queens (followed by a Sat. night Melava Malka).  And as if that wasn’t enough, there was a pre-pre-event event where a few bloggers decided to get together for dinner.

But even that wasn’t enough for some (including your host), so some private and semi-private blogger meet-ups were arranged.

MOChassid, Ben Chorin and I get together nearly every time MO comes to Israel, so one of the first things I did when I arrived in New York was arrange to meet him for dinner.  Unfortunately, we made plans for the same evening that several other bloggers (Ezzie, Jameel and Gil) were getting together.  Luckily the place we picked was right across the street from the place they chose, so when we finished with dinner we crossed the street to join the others for dessert (where we were joined by even more bloggers!).

But something even stranger happened on my way to meet MOChassid for dinner. 

I was a few blocks form my sister’s place on the Upper West Side when the skies opened up.  I mean a real torrential downpour. 

Coming from Israel, I was completely unprepared for the sight of rain in the summertime, so I ran for the first awning I spotted and found myself looking at a familiar face just a few feet away.  He seemed to recognize me as well… so after a moment we smiled and said hello.

The funny part is that the other person was a blogger who calls himself ‘Orthodox Anarchist’.  We have never met before, but have traded barbs in the virtual world and had long ago agreed to disagree (to say the least).  Yet here we were hiding out from the rain under the same awning… exchanging pleasantries.

This week it’s truly raining bloggers.

PS... as I post this, I am sitting in the King David lounge at JFK's El Al terminal with Jameel (of the Muqata), Gil (of Hirhurim), Robert (of Seraphic Secret).  Esther (of My Urban Kvetch was here a moment ago but she seems to have wandered out to meet some people in the real world.  [shrugs]

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Well, aren't you the name dropper?

Sounds like you're having a blast. See ya Wednesday night.

Posted by: Baila | Aug 18, 2008 6:41:13 PM

green with major envy.......hope you enjoy it all, and i cannot wait to hear every single detail. (makes vow to try to get on the next blogging thingummajiggle)

Posted by: Hadassah | Aug 18, 2008 7:03:33 PM

Is the Melava Malka the one that folks from Beyond BT went to as well? Now I'm really kicking myself because I couldn't attend!! One of these years they'll do it on a weekend that I don't already have a commitment for. ;-) So who else are you waiting on? Jack, Hesh, or are different bloggers going on different flights?

I'll be thinking of you all on Wednesday. (errr, I better not think too much though... newbies on motorcycles riding around me require a lot of my concentration, or else I wind up with tire tracks on me. ;-) )

Safe flight for you all!

Posted by: JDMDad | Aug 18, 2008 7:04:36 PM

It was most definitely a pleasure. :)

One of our blogger friends who came in at the very end said it perfectly about y'all: It's so nice to see that they're all such menschen.

Amen.

Posted by: Ezzie | Aug 18, 2008 7:05:16 PM

Seeing the inside of an NBN flight as a spectator will be a little surreal most likely. Looking forward to reading about it.

Posted by: Benji Lovitt | Aug 18, 2008 9:08:47 PM

What fun!!

Posted by: Rivka with a capital A | Aug 18, 2008 11:14:23 PM

See y'all Wednesday.

Posted by: Yisrael Medad | Aug 18, 2008 11:53:31 PM

Be there too.

Posted by: Mindy in Israel/M | Aug 19, 2008 12:28:05 AM

Well, if I would have known about dessert on Thursday night, I would have stuck around the city...

Posted by: SaraK | Aug 19, 2008 12:36:16 AM

Hmmmm... I wonder if former bloggers ever get together?

Posted by: Albert | Aug 19, 2008 2:38:25 AM

I probably wandered off to find coffee first, then transition to meeting real people. I tend to find the first helps with the second.

Posted by: Esther | Aug 20, 2008 1:44:11 AM

Nice that G-d came up with such a creative way to finally introduce you to Mobius.

Posted by: PP | Aug 20, 2008 8:22:18 AM

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