The house next door was listed for sale a few weeks ago. I found out this morning that it was snapped up yesterday by a guy from Southern California – and he is someone who you have met on these pages!
I was backing my van out of the driveway to make room for another wave of contractors when I saw this trim-looking guy ambling down the neighboring driveway with a friendly smile on his face.
He introduced himself as Tom King, my new neighbor. When I introduced myself, his jaw dropped and he asked, "Are you David St Lawrence, the blogger?"
When I owned up to being myself, he started to laugh.
"I know all about you! I wondered why your house is so familiar. I’ve seen it on your blog!"
Tom King is the reader who commented on my blog in reference to lack of support from Smart Move. He has also commented on several other local blogs.
It is a strange experience to meet a reader of your weblog for the first time. You start to describe something and you quickly realize this person knows your pets, your friends, and your likes and dislikes. It cuts through the normal introductions because the person really knows a lot about you and if they are standing there smiling, it’s because you are already friends.
I brought Tom to the house and introduced him to Gretchen by saying, "This is Tom King, our new neighbor, and he has left comments on my blog."
Gretchen knew immediately who he was and all about his experiences with Smart Move. Within moments we were chatting like old friends and welcoming him to Floyd. We were discussing introducing him around until we realized he knows the Floyd bloggers almost as well as we do.
He even knows about Loki, Doug Thompson’s ailing kitten. Like I said at the outset, the world is getting smaller and we have a new old friend.
Tom is not a blogger yet, he says, but he is a ham radio enthusiast. I don’t think he realizes that ham radio was an earlier form of the communication we enjoy as bloggers. Blogging also lets you reach out and touch others, but it offers the additional factor of persistence. As a ham operator what you say is lost once you are off the air.
I believe Tom is staying in the Radford area until he can move in next door. In the meantime, if you meet him at the Blue Ridge Restaurant, Cafe Del Sol or at Oddfellas, give him a big hello.