Makin' Friends For The World To See

Over the past two years, I’ve met and gotten to know some really interesting people.

Most of these people I have only had contact with through their blogs, Emails, or even phone calls.  Since we’re so spread throughout the country, it’s hard to actually meet people face to face. 

Fortunately, however, I have had the opportunity to meet many of them recently.  I’ve already written about meeting Patrick, Karen, MarkAaron, and David, among others, in New York City.  And I’ve met others like Fausto and Marc, Andy, Patrick, Noah and Scott, Spencer, Alan, and Todd because we all live in the same city.  And of course I’ve known Jake, Brandon and Scott for years now.

This week, however, I’ve had the chance to finally meet Hot Toddy.  And folks, I have to say this right here and now; he’s become a very dear friend.

Todd and I are alike in more ways than I ever had imagined.  We have had a lot of similar experiences and frustrations in life.  As we talked and really got to know each other, I began to realize that he is a kindred spirit in many ways. 

We’ve spent a lot of time together this week– starting on Sunday, first catching the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus in Millennium Park, then Margaret Cho at the Chicago Theatre.  On Monday we sang showtunes at Sidetrack, and last night I joined him and his friends for dinner at the Grand Luxe Cafe and drinks afterward at Big Chicks.

This weekend I’m giving him the grande tour of Andersonville, and hopefully I’ll see him at the closing ceremony for the Gay Games, before he leaves on Sunday.

Throughout this week, it’s become very clear that Todd is not just a fellow blogger… he’s a very dear friend.

Thanks, Toddy.  You’re a really wonderful guy.  I have enjoyed getting to know you.  I hope to visit you and the rest of the gang in Portland very soon!

Check out the pics from Hot Toddy’s visit in my gallery!