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!