Guess who I found wandering the streets of DC?
For a year that started out with me questioning the reality of my new global Cowbird community - having never met one of the many that I'd shared and read deep, intimate, sometimes tragic, sometimes hilarious real life stories with here since the previous March - 2013 certainly came with a lot of answers. Yes, I learned that Cowbirders ARE real. They do really exist in flesh and bone, not just in cyberspace. It seemed that every month of the year I was either meeting other Cowbirders (Kristin, Sean Poole, Terri Carbral), bringing people I'd known for a long time (Neighbordeb) into the Cowbird community, who in turn brought another old friend (GeGe) in, or just missing them (Clem "North" Page, Virginia Wood), due to schedules not quite synching up.
Just when I thought that was it - which was plenty - the year had one more completely unexpected Cowbird treat in store for me. Johnnie B. Baker and I were both commenting on the same thread on FB, when someone asked him if he is in Southern Cal. He responded to them on the thread that he had just landed in D.C. On the long shot that he'd be free for lunch yesterday, I sent him a message to see if he wanted to meet up in town. He said sure, and mentioned that he was visiting our Kristin.
I was able to carve 2 hours out between meetings to hike & metro my way up to the Hill for lunch with two of my favorite Cowbirders at the great Hawk & Dove Restaurant. Kristin was able to join us as well - she and I have been just missing each other on 3 or 4 previously planned meet-ups, so it had been nearly ten months since I'd last seen her.
This truly was a treat. Between the three of us, it's an understatement to say we've done a lot of writing, and a lot of travelling. We did not lack for things to talk about, that's for sure. This get-together put a great exclamation point on a year that, although was chock full of challenges and difficulties, was also filled with delightful and joyous encounters and connections that made me feel like a truly blessed, and rich, man.
There's plenty more travel, and stories, to be told in 2014. I'm so fortunate and thrilled to be a part of such a vibrant, dynamic global storyteller's community, one that defies the notion that nothing you read on the internet is real. Every Cowbirder that I have now met has proven to me that we're not all just making it up - our stories are real, and so are we. And what a great fucking reality it is!
Rock on, 2013 - thanks for some great memories! I hope to see more of you all in the coming year. If you're ever passing through the DC/Northern Virginia area, give me a hoot and a holler, and if we can, we'll break bread and get to know each other, live and in person. I can now say from experience - it is well worth taking the time to do.