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Lunch with Fellow Hubber: A wonderful Experience

Updated on July 18, 2013

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Randi and I met for Lunch

During your journey on hubpages you make the choice of whether or not to become part of the community and share your life and experiences with other HubPage writers. Many writers are eager to take part, and others choose to remain anonymous, rarely sharing any personal information about where they live and who they are.

I met Randi(BTRBell) here on Hubpages about two months ago and started reading her charming and interesting hubs. I really enjoyed the Miriam's kitchen series since I have family in Israel. We started following each other and reading each other's hubs like supportive hubbers that we are.

We shared a few emails back and forth, and I suggested we meet for lunch sometime since we both live in Arizona. She thought that was a pretty good idea. I do get down to Phoenix every so often and it only takes me about an hour and a half to get to most areas in the city. We decided to meet at Scottsdale Fashion Square, which is very posh shopping mall in Scottsdale. The mall has a large food court, so we could choose what to eat and sit as long as we wanted.

Perception VS Reality

Randi and I felt we knew a little about each other from emails and writing. We viewed each other's pictures on different hubs, so recognizing each other would not be a problem. I offered to have a rose between my teeth, but we thought it would not be necessary. Since both of us posted fairly current pictures we did recognize each other. However, though she resembled her picture she was much more attractive in person.

I was looking for someone who was overweight! However Randi certainly was not overweight, and looked very trim when I met her. After he wrote hubs about losing and gaining weight after she broke her foot I expected her to be out of shape. Not at all!

She brought her son Ben along with her, and he planned to walk through the mall and do some window shopping. By the way Scottsdale Fashion Square is beautiful enclosed mall with many designer and fine shops as well as very fancy gourmet restaurants. I remember this mall years ago when we lived in Scottsdale, and there were a few department stores and other other shops and it was open. Shopping there in the hot summer was not fun. Ben ended up spending quite a bit of time talking with us, and I found him to be a delightful young man.

Reality has nothing to do with what you anticipate. Anticipation of anything in life is always worse, better or just different. I like to think my reality check was in neutral before meeting Randi. The good news was that I found her to be a delightful conversationalist and of good heart and spirit. We rarely took a breath between words.

We Talked about Everything

Both of us are good talkers and good listeners. We both come from the same ethnic background of Judaism. We delved into relationships with significant others and good friends. Randi is an Oculist and I got to learn more about the role of the Oculist in the world of vision.

HubPages was a major topic of discussion during our lunch. We talked about the different writers that we both follow and learning about them through writing, reading and commenting. We both agreed that you really don't know anyone until you meet with them in person. It is that eye to eye contact that really tells a lot. Fortunately we both felt very comfortable to share our lives. We were both comfortable enough with each other to open up about the challenges and problems we have encountered in the past. She told me some stories about her experiences living in a small village in Israel, which I found most interesting. We covered as much as we could in two hours. We laughed about the humor in writing and the sadness; and how much we both have learned from reading other hubs.

What we Have In Common

Our religious background gave us a bond in our same religious views as well as we found we have similar political views. We are both interested in eating healthy and exercising. Since we are both writers we talked about what we have written and what we plan to write.

The most important thing we had in common was that we just enjoyed meeting each other, talking and sharing as if we had known each other for years. Even though we are both optimists in general, we agreed that one does not get through life without many challenges and problems.

We left our lunch with promises of getting together again. She said she would make the trek up to Prescott so I could show her around. We have been in touch since the lunch and I would venture to say I have a lovely new friend.

What I Liked Most About Her

She is very real and willing to share her life both good and bad. She has this tremendous spirit for life that is rare. Yes, she has had her share of challenges but lives a life of joy. How do I know this? It only takes me a few minutes of eye contact to know the reality behind the person.

I sincerely like the way she handles her life. She has had to deal with a lot of challenges in her life and has handled them a lot better than I would have. One of the things I most admire about her is the quality of her writing. She is an excellent writer and I sincerely hope she continues on. Before meeting her in person I was very impressed at how super bright and well informed she is.

Not to be redundant--the most important revelation was that I her a lot and feel she is like someone I have known for a long time and liked for a long time. So here is to a long friendship that started at HubPages.

The Benefits of Connecting with Other Writers

Writing is a lonely activity and being able to share with other writers is uplifting and inspiring. Meeting another writer in person is the best. There are many ups and downs in the writing life, and being able to share and connect helps the writing spirit a lot.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I just came from Randi's hub and found yours as well. How exciting and awesome for you two to have met. Even nicer that you both live within driving distance of each other. I would love to meet the both of you and so many other authors that I've met through HubPages. Who knows maybe one of these days I'll hop in my car and take a very long road trip.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Just call ahead and we will be there to greet you. Thanks for stopping by and reading about our fun meeting. It was great and so nice we could do it.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      How great is this! To be able to meet another hubber in the flesh and then write such an interesting hub! Thanks for sharing with us Carol! Voted up and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I just read her account and now yours, and I must say I'm quite jealous. Very cool that you two got together. I hope one day there will be this big HP convention on the west coast so many of us can meet.

      Thanks for sharing a great lunch with the rest of us.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for dropping in with your nice comments. It was a lot of fun and we enjoyed every minute.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Carol7777, how great that you got a chance to meet one another 'in the flesh' so to speak. You both look like you had fun. I often wonder what it would be like to meet another hubber, maybe i will someday :o) Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Aww, Carol, you are too sweet! What a beautiful hub this is! Thank you! You have definitely made a friend! Up++ and sharing!

      BTW, I fixed the link to you on my hub! oops!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Jools99...Yes it was such fun and we had a good time. Thanks for dropping in.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks for visiting your fellow lunchmate...This was fun to do...and write about.

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      nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Looks like it was a fun get together! Both you seem to have enjoyed it very much! Always good to see fellow hubbers meet! Good idea to both write a hub about it.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks we did enjoy and it was fun to write about. Thanks for dropping in.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Oh, this is so wonderful!! What a nice thing to do ..... And both you ladies look gorgeous!! :)

      I agree with Billy, hopefully there will be a huge HP convention someday! Thanks for sharing you experience with us.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      That would be so cool..all we have to do is arrange it...Lets think about that. Thanks for compliments.

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      anglnwu 4 years ago

      Really enjoyed the read. Didn't know you're Jewish; my husband is Jewish, so Happy Hanukkah!! What a fun way to spend a day, meeting up in person with a fellow hubber. You ladies look fabulous.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you for coming by to read about our lunch...and get together. Thanks for the lovely compliments. I am Jewish by my husband is not..so opposite.

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      TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

      I thought this was interesting because I have often thought of what it would be like to actually meet other hubbers. It's funny...you feel like you really know so many of the people here, even though you've never actually met them. I'm glad both of you had this opportunity and that you shared it. Great job!

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      How lovely, Carol, to have a friendship that began on Hubpages. It seems that you and Randi have lots in common and that is often the basis for a long-lasting friendship. Now I'm off to read Randi's hub as well.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Timetraveler: Yes we were lucky to have the experience. I often wonder what these hubbers are like in person...

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I am glad people are enjoying this..It was a lovely experience and I think I just knew I would like her. Thanks so much.

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      This is so cool ! I have often dreamed of meeting a few of you all hubbers ! Thank you for sharing this and you!....ed

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      How terrific that you got to meet in person after meeting on HP! Here's to a growing friendship....Jaye

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Having now read Randi's account as well, I'm a bit envious of the two of you (not in a bad way, of course). I doubt another hubber will ever show up here in Jackson, Mississippi!

      Jaye

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      What a great story Carol. How neat to have met someone from HPs face to face. You just never know what life has in store of us. I think the folks who run HPs should organize a yearly get together. Hubbers can meet, and it could almost be like a HubPages workshop with seminars, etc.

      Great job, great to see you writing again.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      ahorseback: Yes it was lots of fun meeting the person behind the words. Thanks for stopping by.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Hope so one can just wait and see.. Thank you so much.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      You never know what is going to happen and there has to be some hubbers in your area...Thanks for dropping in.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I so agree with you. Wouldn't it be fun to meet the others...and our leaders of course. Thanks for dropping in and lovely comments as always Bill.

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      Lynsey Harte 4 years ago from Glasgow

      This is lovely! I'm glad you found each other and what will hopefully be a life long friendship!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Carol-I just finished reading Randi's account of your afternoon together. It's so fun reading both sides of the story. It appears that you hit it off quickly and quite easily. I think you can tell that about someone through their writing, don't you? Wonderful hub-thanks for the report. Up/I PS-love the photos. :)

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      That is so awesome that you and Randi got to meet face-to-face. This is such a good place to make friends and help support each other. You never know where or how you may meet your next best friend! Glad for you both! :)

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Shalom! I wish I could meet a few people in Oklahoma, but that could happen some day. There doesn't seem to be too many of us that I have found yet, but I have invited a couple that like birds to Boomer Lake. It might happen. Since I am wheat intolerant, a friend enlightened me to new sandwich wrappers. How about romaine lettuce?

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up. Thanks for sharing your delightful meeting. You have expressed what I have felt for a long time that even though we don't meet face to face we do bond and make friends here on hubpages. You two are just proof of that and lucky to have had the chance to meet.

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      catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

      Just read Randi's version and I think it's so terrific you got to share this one on one time. Sounds like a solid friendship!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      How cool is that. I would love to meet some of the hubbers that I have met here. It gives a new sense of reality to what we are doing I would imagine. And how nice it is to connect with another on a new more personal level. I must go over and read Randi's entry. thanks for sharing and glad to see. Sending Angels your way.:) ps

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      sparkleyfinger;Thanks for dropping by and we really did enjoy meeting each other...

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for reading both...We did have a lovely time and thought it would be fun to write about it. It was just easy..But I feel people are drawn together by writing and feeling a common bond...not just living close.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      It was a fun experience and well worth the drive. We did have fun and as there is distance and life we will work at keeping the friendship going.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I have said this before...we need to have a convention..what fun to meet other writers. Shalom also

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      There are many writers here who I feel a special bond and we support each other in many ways. Thanks for dropping by and sharing thoughts.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I hope so..we had fun meeting and writing this. Thank you for stopping in.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I accept the angels. Thanks for stopping in and commenting. I always enjoy a visit from you.

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      dragonflyfla 4 years ago from South Florida

      :-) Thanks for sharing.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks for the visit.

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      snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

      carol, What a fun thing to do, to meet an online friend in person is so special. Thank you for writing aout it. Regards, snakeslane

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      Dear carol,

      How awesome! I think it is fabulous that you two were able to meet in person. If I lived in Arizona i would have loved to join you. Happy Hanukah!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Snakeslane: Thank you for stopping in for a visit and sharing our meeting. Iwas lots of fun.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      We would love to have you join us...really.. Thanks for kind wishes...We did have a lovely time.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      How neat! I would be a nervous wreck to meet a fellow hubber.. very nervous but excited too! It sounds like you both had a great time. I think it's great that you both were able to meet. I love that you both shared hubs about the experience. Awesome hub, useful, interesting, voted up! Now, off to read her hub :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Hi Jamie: thanks for dropping in for a glance at our lunch together. It was great fun and thanks for voting up!!!

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Carol, what a Heart warming Hub. Having just come from Randi's page on this same luncheon. It was Fun to see how each of you felt about the other, which was the same...A most Enjoyable Meet. As I said to Randi, we are like a "family" of Writers here on Hub Pages.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      I have read btrbell's and now yours .What a wonderful share you both have and here's to many more of us meeting up one day maybe.

      Have a wonderful weekend.

      Eddy.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      bmalin: We are indeed a family here. I do wonder how many active writers are on hub. I am sure there are many who do not join in on the community banter. Thanks for stopping by...and lovely comment.s

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks Eddy: As you can see we had a wonderful time together. And you have a wonderful weekend.

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      Clearly you had a great time, how lovely that is. I haven't come across Randi before but she sounds as nice, just like you are Carol! It's lovely to meet people in the flesh that you've met online. I haven't met any hubbers yet, but have met people from a couple of forums.

      A wonderful heart-warming hub.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for dropping by with nice comments. This community is very special and of course the success here is based a good deal on that. It was a fun experience,

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This sounds like such a blast Carol7777. What a great idea and wonderful planning to make this happen. Real life hubbers. Maybe one day we can have a HP convention on a Cruise Ship? What fun that would be.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      what fun..a cruise for hubbers...What a great idea. Or even meet in a city..anything..To see the face behind the words. Thanks for dropping in..always a pleasure.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      That's so nice that you got to meet each other and that you have so much in common. Enjoyed reading your hub. Voted up.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks moonlake. It was fun and we amazingly do have a lot in common. Thanks for stopping in. and the vote.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      That's great that you got to meet each other. The good thing is I read Randi's hub (since I follow you and enjoy your writing so much), and after reading about your lunch, started to read her hubs and found them to be wonderful - so now I follow her too! Sounds like the two of you had a great time.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for lovely words....Yes it was fun and I am glad you found her to read..also. Thanks again for stopping by as I am always glad to have a visit from you.

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

      What a fun experience! We should all try to visit with fellow Hubbers that live in our area. So happy you got to meet each other. Makes Hubbing come to life! :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      It does indeed come to life. Thanks for dropping in..always good!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      What an awesome experience. I'm glad that you had the opportunity to meet another writer and colleague. Hubpages is a great way to network with other writers. You just never know where your writing career will lead to.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I like to think there is something out there..A way of dreaming. Thanks for stopping by with your prescription.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I loved reading about the meeting of two hubbers I really enjoy following.Based on your writing I can tell you are both very kind So I'm not surprised it went well and lead to a new friendship. I think it would be so cool to meet other hubbers in person but there are not any organized meetups in my area. Maybe one day I will meet some other hubbers in person. Voting and sharing!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Healthylife2, It was a delightful lunch. Thank you for your lovely comments..Always a pleasure to have a visit....Thanks for votes and shares.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      What a great idea to meet with a fellow hubber! The beauty of the internet is that we can do so many things even if we are thousand miles away from each other...but meet in person gets harder. Who knows...may be you started a new trend!

      Voted up and awsome!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks for stopping in...Still would be fun to have a hubpage get together...Thanks for the votes.

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Carol, I read Randi's hub first and it seems that you both had a wonderful visit. I am getting ready to begin a new phase in my life as a traveling hospital lab tech. I have worked in the same hospital for 28 years and felt it was time for a change. I look forward to traveling and possibly meeting some of the people I have gotten to know on HP. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      well if in there area be sure to email.. WOuld love to meet you.. thanks for stopping in.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      It sure is exciting to meet some one whom you have come to know online doing the same work. This is an interesting account. I have been lucky to meet hubber, soni2006 a.k.a. Rajinder Soni, when I visited the city where he lives for some personal work.

      And when two people with very similar outlook meet it is bonding for life.

      Voted up.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for stopping in..It was a lot of fun to meet as I sure for you. And thanks for the VOTE.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Good morning my Carol of Cool - just popped over from Randi's hub of this same meeting and to wish you the same for the coming new year to you and your family - continued health, happiness and prosperity.

      I was so enchanted by this lovely meeting and the story behind one of my favorite pictures of 2012. You and Randi are real people and I always see that in everyone of your hubs and in your writing - thank you both for this gift of meeting you in this life and I am sending you warm wishes for a safe and happy holiday season from lake erie time 11:45am with 2nd cup of coffee , some nice classical music and a wild raging lake out in front of me.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      sounds like a delightful place to be this morning..Sitting and watching the lake with a cup of coffee and maybe Beethoven..or whomever your choice. Thanks for lovely comments and dropping in for a visit..so nice to see you.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Good to see both of you having such a good time together. You're both lovely individuals, both in mind and appearance. I'm sure you were both fighting off the advances of many during the lunch, especially after the photo shoot! : ) May your holidays be filled with peace and love.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      How sweet of you...Our photo shoot with cell phones went well HAHA. Thanks for kind words we all need a little ego boosting. It was fun and thanks again.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love to read about Hubber meetings! I'm so glad you share a common background and interests and really "clicked". Here's to beautiful friendships! : )

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you so much for your kind wishes...Wish we could have a group meeting..maybe we will.

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      How exciting to meet a fellow hubber. So happy you two had such a wonderful time. Both of you are such gracious ladies I can only imagine what great conversation you shared. I met a fellow hubber once and it was the most exciting time. I almost felt like I was meeting a movie star..lol He was everything I thought he was and more!

      Thank you for sharing

      Sunnie

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you sunnie day.. and I hope you have a sunnie day everyday.. Thanks for stopping in.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      um..if and when we ever meet, Carol dear - i insist that you have that rose between your teeth...LOL...and i'll have my camera ready! Interestingly, Randi never mentioned her son Ben in her 'sister-hub', but i'm not surprised to find out that he's a 'nice boychik'...lol..

      I loved reading this hub, Carol - not just because you have an effortless ease to your writing, but because it fills in any blanks and gives a sort of 3D view of your visit! I'm not the least bit surprised you ladies got along like gang-busters - we 'read' a lot about a persons true soul here, don't we?

      I don't know why but it gives me such a warm and fuzzy feeling that you guys met - it IS possible, eh?

      Have a great New Years, my friend - if you're into that sorta thing..lol

      sharing forward..

      shalom and namaste...

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      oops ImKarn...Thought I responded to this. thank you for stopping in with delightful comments. The new year ...interesting as always to see how it unfolds. thanks for being a supportive and wonderful hub friend.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Thank you for sharing this wonderful meeting between two Hubber friends. It brings a smile to my face.

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      Ireno Alcala 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      This is an awesome HubLove, Ma'am Carol. I did met some of local hubbers here in the Philippines due to the proximity of our residences. I also featured a hubber and editor-in-chief of the school paper during my college days, through my Success Stories on HubPages.

      If you will be interested, I will also feature you as one of the few who really succeeded in this writing community.

      Loved it, liked, voted up and shared. :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Of course I would be honored but I don't feel like one of the successful ones without a paycheck yet. I am hopeful. Whatever you wish.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for lovely comments...This community is pretty gran.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Carol... I love what you have shared here and the beauty of actually meeting someone you have met here on HP. I love the way you have shared this with us... thank you.

      Like you I have formed many a good friendship, exchanging emails and yes phone calls and it has been a wonderful experience.

      Hugs from Canada

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you so much for visiting... We are trying to get together next month. Even though we are fairly close life does step in with other things to do.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi,

      It seems you two had a really nice time, that is why i like HP, writing community with no limit. I have made worthy friends through HP many of which i would never have. Voted up.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you for dropping by..Yes indeed this is quite a community.

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      mrshoki 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Great to hear hubpages have brought you together as friends and now in the flesh. Awesome hub too, voted up!!

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Oh and hey People , look at these two hotties !........:-}

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      mrshoki: thanks for lovely comments and votes.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      ahorseback... Wow thanks so much.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi carol,

      What a great meet you and Randi had! It must have been a great experience to meet someone you only knew through HP and your respective writing and communications. You get a feel for someone, right? I know I do and you just have a gut feeling you will connect. Delighted for you both, would love to hop on a plane for a meet my hubber's state by state!! Vu, ++++++ shared!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      This is so sweet!

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      The smiles in the pic are very evident of the fact that how much both of your have enjoyed. Many thanks for sharing a slice of your happiness with us here. Votes all up and sharing it too.

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Very sweet and beautiful story. And well-written as well, votes up.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Suzie HQ It was a lovely time and we hope to get together soon. We do stay in touch which is difficult when busy days ensue. Thanks forvotes and shares...

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Audrey

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for visiting, votes and shares. It was a lovely day.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you for kind words and always..for dropping by.

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