Meeting Mark!

Scott & Mark

Before life got busy … wait, actually it was right in the middle of life being busy …  I got an e-mail from Mark Mansheim over at “The Jagged Edge“.  He said that he would be in the twin cities soon, and that he’d like to meet up.

We both found a slice of time away from work (back on 6/21) to terrorize the waitress and other unfortunate patrons at a nearby Perkins restaurant.  I must say, the waitress did very well operating under the pressure we put on her.  Neither one of our diet cokes got any less than 3/4 empty before a new glass arrived.  Even though I lost the arm-wrestling match with Mark over who would pay for lunch, I left her a grateful tip.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Mark – I had only recently discovered his blog (from a comment he left on G-Money’s blog), so I didn’t really know him very well.  But the bond of living with diabetes is strong, and we immediately fell into a comfortable stride, as if we had been friends for a long time (a common theme with diabetes meet-ups).

Mark is a funny guy, easy company, and a fellow gadget and technology junky.  Add the diabetes connection into the mix, and you’ve got yourself a good buddy.  I just wish we would have had more time to hang out.

Lucky for me, he’s coming back to town soon!  From what I understand, he’ll be in town the 18th, 19th, and 20th.  Any other local d-folk out there interested in getting all of us together?  I know that Mark and I will be connecting sometime in there, but it would be so awesome to add more people to the mix too.

Mark writes a great blog, and has a lot of information and insights to offer.  I’m glad to have had the opportunity to spend a couple hours with him, and I’m looking forward to visiting with him again soon!

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Scott K. Johnson

Patient voice, speaker, writer, advocate. Living life with diabetes and telling my story. Patient Success Manager, USA for mySugr (All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent the position of my employer).

Diagnosed in April of 1980, I recognize the incredible mental struggle of living with diabetes. Read more…