Last night I went to dinner with Leslie from ADVgrrl.com. It was the first time we’ve met.
When I read on her blog that she would be coming back to Long Island, I reached out to her to see if she would be open to meeting up.
What makes you choose to meet someone – some stranger whose words you read on the internet? I’m not really sure. By and large I am really conservative when it comes to meeting other bloggers or people I talk with on social media. But, sometimes for whatever reason someone’s vibe, the things that they choose to share with the world just resonate with you.
Leslie is very easy to talk to. Very open, honest, interesting, funny – in many ways I felt like I’ve known her for ages. She was like and old friend that I just hadn’t met yet.
As a woman and a motorcyclist, she is someone I can relate to. She is in it for the love of the ride, for the grand adventure of life. Riding isn’t about adulation, ego stroking and selling sexy. Her riding and blogging experiences are something more. Her adventures are full of life and all that it entails. I appreciate that.
I came away from our meeting hoping that we will remain in touch. Her perspective gave me a lot to think about. I’m so glad that we met.
If you’re one of the 8 people who don’t read her blog – you should go there. Like… now.
When you find a person who willingly shares such a precious resource with you – it’s a great feeling. I have a friend, Gary who has taken me under his wing and has gone out of his way to help me along with my dirt riding. He has a manner and patience that seems to be helping to turn my mindset around.
He’s just a good dude.
The last few times we’ve gone out riding, Kenny gets to zip off and run with the gazelles while Gary babysits me and coaxes me in to relaxing. Not by doing anything in particular but rather just being his natural laid back self. The result has been a boost in my confidence and pace.
When Kenny and I drove home from riding in the Pine Barrens last weekend I couldn’t help but remark that it was the best day of dirt riding that I’d ever had. For the first time I felt like I’m actually getting better. Can you believe it?
It seems like with Gary’s encouragement and patient tutelage I’m finally chilling the fuck out. I’m just so glad to be feeling good.
I just wanted to send a great, big THANK YOU for all of the postcards and notes that have been sent my way. Every time I open up my mailbox and find one, I feel like a million bucks.
You guys and dolls rock. Seriously. <3
This whole postcard thing was spurred on by Kathy’s Snail Mail Challenge. I’ve sent out nearly 50 postcards over the last month, so I think I’ve met her criteria. But… I’d be happy to send out some more. Or, some to the same people who may have received a card already. Just don’t think I’m some kind of creep if you get another card one day, ok?
You can send me your address if you’d like future postcards:
Or if you want to send me one – I’d be a happy girl: