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My Lunch with Fellow Hubber, Carol7777

Updated on May 6, 2013
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A week ago today, I was privileged…in more ways than one. I had the opportunity to meet one of my fellow “hubbers” in person... in real life... in the flesh! I have been writing on hub pages for 6 months now and I have made some amazing friends. We all have our “regulars”, our go-to people. You know who I am talking about. The ones who magically appear as soon as you publish a hub. the ones who rally around with supportive comments and often share your hubs. The same people whose hubs you hop on to when their name appears in your email. Carol7777 has been one of those for me. We “met” several months ago on one of our hubs and began to follow each others stories. Right from the beginning, we discovered that we only live a couple of hours driving distance from one another. That’s pretty huge when you consider that hub page authors can (and do) live anywhere in the world. We also discovered that we have some similar interests. We talked about doing some collaborative writing projects and Carol generously offered to drive out to my neck of the woods to meet. The day, time and place were decided upon.

Where the Hub Meet took place!

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The meet was here. As you can see, Carol came some distance for this meeting!

And then came the day of the meet.

On the way, I began to get a little nervous. Would I recognize her? Would she be the same woman I perceived her to be? Would I like her? Would she like me? As I approached the meet up, I saw a woman looking around. She wasn’t exactly the way I pictured Carol to look but she was enough like her picture to make me walk towards her. She turned, spotted me and as we greeted one another, she said, “It’s kind of like a blind date!” My sentiments exactly!

Me....getting ready for the meet!
Me....getting ready for the meet! | Source

Reality vs Fantasy

I begin and end most days with hub pages. I get up in the morning, check my email, answer any comments and read new hubs. Then I write hubs. When I read hubs, I not only see an actual picture but I also get a mental picture of the author. When I read comments on my own and the author’s hubs, I get an even stronger mental picture of that person. We so often perceive people differently when we are not able to communicate in person. Our image and the reality are not always the same and it can be hard to reconcile reality with fantasy. This meet was faintly reminiscent of when I was online dating! I would see a picture, read a profile, exchange emails and essentially have an image in my mind of who this person was. So often, I was wrong and of course, mostly dissapointed. Communicating online, can give us a shield to block who we really are, it can remove the barriers and give us a voice or it can give us freedom to invent a different persona. On hubpages, there is always plenty of bantering mixed with admiration and heartfelt emotion. Since most of write about the things that are most important to us, there are often impassioned hubs and comments. There are also the bland and ordinary ones. Some writers will only give you a peek at their inner sanctum and others open their doors wide. We can easily find many kindred spirits here on hub pages and today I had the opportunity to meet one face-to-face!

Kindred Spirits
Kindred Spirits

a book about friendship and spirits!

 
Kindred Spirits
Kindred Spirits

likened to Ghost and Field of Dreams

 

A Face to Face Meeting with an Online Friend

We met in a mall and sat down in the food court to chat… and chat… and chat. Carol was not what I expected in one way and everything that I thought she’d be in another way. She is beautiful, lively and fun! She has great stories to share and I was fascinated to hear some of them! She has lived all over the map including a couple of years in France where she taught herself French! Carol has also had some modicum of fame both in the form of a successful book (kind of all of our fantasies here, huh?) and as a local celebrity. She was the only lady to catch the eye of Glen Campbell (back when people knew who he was!) and provided gift baskets for two of our U.S. presidents. How cool is that?!

You've got to have Friends

An hour quickly turned into two and the conversation had no lull. There was so much to be said and so little time. We talked and shared (even managed some lunch) for more than 2 hours before Carol had to head back home. What a pleasant and interesting 2 hours that was! As I stated above, Carol was not entirely who I expected. She was better! It is my hope to head in her direction for our next meet. And, here's to our first collaborative hub. If you haven't come from there, please read Carol's hub, Lunch with a Fellow Hubber

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I so enjoy reading about hubbers meeting with other hubbers. Makes me want to drive all over North American and then hit other parts of the world to meet everyone that I interact with on a daily basis. How exciting! Off to read Carol's hub now :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I just read the hub about our lunch. You did a great job and I love all the compliments...It was such fun and here is to a long friendship. Thanks so much. Voting UP of course and sharing!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Isn't it FUN to meet fellow hubbers?! CClitGirl and I met in Colorado Springs over the Thanksgiving break. She was there visiting family and my family and I were on our way to our new home in Arizona.

      We originally planned to only spend about 30 minutes because she had family plans and we were day 2 into our 1500 mile drive. We ended up spending almost 3 hours over dinner. It was fantastic!

      Thank you for sharing your wonderful meeting and I wish you both many more! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      How very cool! I am so happy that you two met; two of my favorite people together, and look at how happy you are. I met Stephanie last summer and that was just as exciting. Thank you for sharing this; I love it.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      That is so nice. Yes, there are kindred spirits here on hubpages. I'm glad that you found a new friend. I love it.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Great! How lucky we are to have HubPages that leads us to these wonderful relationships and then for the lucky few, meetings like this!

      You did a great job of writing about it btr and I love that both you and Carol used almost the same picture!

      Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      That's so great that you met up. I always try to always follow Carol, and I'm pleased to have run across you as well. I'm pretty sure I've read some of your hubs, but I'll make sure to check your hubs out in the future.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Billy Buc...It was a delightful time and we felt like kindred spirits. Thanks as always for support and stopping by.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Susan for reading and your warm comments! I, too would love to meet so many of you! How fun would that be?!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Carol. This hub is thanks to you! Thank you for your votes and sharing! And a long friendship!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, TTombso for stopping by! It is really cool that you were able to meet with CClitGirl and I completely understand how easily 30 minutes can become 3 hours! Where in Az are you?

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Bill! It was fun! I really like the idea of being in touch with eachother so that if the opportunity arises, we can meet!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, lovedoctor! It was really special!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Did you notice my mistake...I thought this was my hub and I thanked Bill...How dumb of me.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I wondered! lol! But I was going to do the same on yours! Now I can't!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, tillsontitan! It was really fun and special! We only took the two pictures and we also exchanged rough drafts before we published. We thought it would be more uniform that way! Thank you for the votes!

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      nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      That is really cool! As an online dater, I think your comparison is very apt. Good to see fellow hubbers getting together!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, mperrottet for reading and the new follow! I really appreciate it am looking forward to more hubs together!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, nanderson500! It was fun! Way more fun than the online dating thing! those tend to be a disappointment!

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Thank you, Randi, for this exciting share of your meeting with Carol. I love the photos of two totally beautiful blondes. As I read your account, I felt the anticipation and anxiety of your approaching meeting. You described those feelings exactly as I would have been feeling. I think many of us consider meeting a hub friend, but most don't make the time amidst the busy lives everyone is involved in keeping up with. It is a real treat to read about this special time when it happens. Awesome in every way, Randi.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Amy! It was fun and I am happy to know that you don't think I was a little weird for the nervous anticipation! I also think that it can be a matter of logistics. Travel is not always viable, affordable or convenient but I think all those factors can be discounted if it is something we truly want to do. Thank you for reading and your, as always, welcome comments! Come next time so we can be 3 blondes in the pic!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      We're down in Safford. :)

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Well, we are definitely all over the state of Arizona, aren't we?!

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      What fun, Randi, to meet a fellow hubber in person and learn that you both have so much in common. May your friendship be eternal ... or even longer!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, drbj! It was fun! I hope you are right and I hope I will meet more of you through the years!

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      This is such a terrific story, Randi. I read Carol's account, too, and it's obvious you both feel a strengthening bond after meeting in person. I love that line, "It's kind of like a blind date!" Online friendships are similar to online dating. You get to know each other first through onscreen words.

      Voted Up+++

      Jaye

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Randi. Any friend of Carol's is a friend of mine. Really enjoyed reading the two hubs of your meeting. What a great story.

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      Lynsey Harte 4 years ago from Glasgow

      Lovely stories, both of them! I live with another Hubber! It was actually my boyfriend who persuaded me to come on here, and in 5 weeks I feel as though I'm starting to get the hang of it! It's good that we have each other to bounce ideas off of. I hope to meet other Hubbers in future, there really is nothing like intellectual conversation!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Woo hoo-way to go ladies. What a great hub and a fun afternoon. I'm so excited for you and for me, too. I've met some awesome folks here on HP and I'm looking forward to meeting them in person in the future. When there's a connection, it doesn't take long for a friendship to form. I can't believe the kind of support I've received from the HP community. :) Two thumbs up for you and Carol.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Jaye....thank you so much. Your comments and votes are so so appreciated. It was really fun and I know I will see Carol again! I wonder who I will get to meet next?!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      @bdeguilio. Thank you for visiting and following. I hopped on to your hubs as well. My uncles used to own a summer camp near Stockbridge. Is that near where you are?

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Hey Sparkleyfinger! It's nice to see you here! That's nice that you have someone to bounce ideas off of! I haven't seen you in awhile,Thank you for visiting and your always welcome comments! I better come check out your hubs!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Sound like you had fun. Thank you for not forgetting us.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Forget you Martin?! How could we possibly forget you? Just wait until I get to California!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up. Just came from your other lunch partner and I will say the same. I have always felt that here on hubpages we bond and make real friends even though we don't see each other face to face. Everyday we share so much with each other and it's great. You two are lucky that you got the chance to meet each other in person.

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      catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

      How wonderful! There are so many hubbers I'd love to meet! I feel closer to some of you guys than I do to some of my longer time real life friends, and that's amazing to me. Thanks for sharing this!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Denise! Nice to see you here! Thank you so much for reading, commenting and voting! It was fun and I hope to meet more people as time goes on. This is a warm and caring community! North Carolina seems like a great place to visit! Just sayin'

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Hi Gypsy Rose Lee! You are right! I probably spend more hours each day with my hub buddies than with anyone else! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      catgypsy, I couldn't agree with you more! Hanging out on hubpages can be way more fulfilling! Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

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      dragonflyfla 4 years ago from South Florida

      What fun for the two of you. I look forward to seeing your writing projects. :-)

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, dragonflyfla! I appreciate your visit and look forward to checking out your hubs as well!

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      snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

      brtbell, I really enjoyed your story of meeting carol in person, photos are nice. Thanks for sharing. Regards, snakeslane

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      snakeslane, thank you so much for stopping by and your warm comments! Randi

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      This really is so neat! Carol quickly became one of my favorite hubbers.. it was interesting getting your take on meeting her and it was interesting to learn about you as well from her hub! Thank you so much for sharing :)

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Jamie for checking out my hub, also! It was realy fun! I recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity! I appreciate your comments! :)

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      This was such a Fun read btrbell, I almost felt like I was there too. Carol sounds like she will be a Wonderful Friend, and the pictures are Great. I'm looking forward to reading what the two of you will write together. We really are like a "Family" of Writers here on Hub Pages.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Isn't that true Barbara?! We get to know the personalities and truly enjoy each others company. It was really special being able to meet Carol and I do look forward to more get togethers. We do have one idea for a collaborative write. I hope we can do it! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      What a wonderful read and here's to so many more hubs like this one. I have made so many wonderful friends on here and haven't given up on meeting some in the flesh so to speak. Have a great weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Oh, Eddy, it really was special! I do hope I will get to meet more people but I am so enjoying the relationships we are all already forming here! Have a wonderful weekend!

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

      Very interesting read and I believe when like minds meet it is a mind blowing experience. Really glad to have read this as well as Carol's hub. It is a unique experience meeting someone you have read and corresponded with, face to face and I'm glad the meeting was a hit for both of you.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Rajan Jolly! it was really fun!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Oh how awesome this is.. I love to read it when hubbers meet each other.. there are so many I want to meet.. I love how we become such good friends here on the hub.. It is such a blessings and I look forward to each day communicating with everyone.. God Bless you

      'Merry Christmas

      Debbie

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Debbie,

      How very true what you say about looking forward to our communications! I, too often, ignore my other mail and go straight to hubpages! Thank you for reading and commenting!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi, how lovely! it must have been great to sit down and have a real good chat, I would love to meet up with some of the hubbers, well to be honest all of the hubbers! lol! I have been invited by a couple but time and money to get there have been getting in the way so far, but I will try in the new year, great hub, and what a fantastic day!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      It was great, Nell Rose! I couldn't agree with you more about wanting to meet our fellow hubbers. Unfortunately, like you there always seem to be money and time constraints. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good morning I had read Carol's half of this meeting so it is fun to read yours. I do know what you mean...how nice it is to have those friends here on HP who visit us and cheer us on. Thank God for them.

      How fun that must have been. To meet someone we have shared so many exchanges with her on HP and to finally meet them would be such a treat. I hope to meet some of my fellow hubbers one day.

      Sending you Angels and wishing you much success here on HP. :) ps

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Ps, thank you so much for stopping by! It was great and I consider myself blessed to be a part of this amazing group of people! I would definitely encourage meeting up with anyone in your vicinity! Much success to you as well! Randi

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ...my my my ...oh dear sweet Randi SO ravishing ...... what a lovely story to go with that most beautiful photograph of two such nice ladies - I admire you both. This is definitely one of my favorite hub presentations by you and I am also dreaming of meeting my favorite hubber too - Pamela Lee Anderson - hubba hubba - lol

      Thank you too for the privilege and honor of meeting you this past year at the Hub and I am sending you warm wishes to you and your family this holiday season and most importantly continued health, happiness and prosperity into the new year. lake erie time 11:30am canada - high winds by the lake - looking like a wild raging ocean but oddly enough no snow yet

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      What an awesome meeting! I love the photo. Yes, online perceptions are often different than when we meet in real life. I'm so glad you have common interests and hit it off with Carol. Congratulations!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      It would be nice if we could coordinate a writer's convention in every state so our writers could meet up. We already spend a lot of our time networking online. might as well see each other in person right. what do you think of my suggestion? Merry Christmas Carol.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Merry Christmas to you too btrbell.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Kinda wish that were me sitting there inbetween you and the lovely Carol.

      I sit here , Randi, on boxing day morning at 6:48 wishing you a warm and happy holiday time with your family and also hope for your continued health, happiness and prosperity in the new year - my two cats are currently out on their deck getting some cold fresh air and we are due to receive our first major snow storm this afternoon and up to now we've been lucky without much snow at all - but this time we are right in line of mother natures bullseye

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Oh, dear, dear, Epi!

      So make a little trip to sunny Az

      and you may find yourself sitting between the lovely Carol and me!

      A very happy holiday to you as well, Colin! Only one cup of coffee this am and 2 very silly kitties wreaking havoc while their 2 older sisters hide in peace and quiet. I t is very cold this week, not sure if it is inseasonable or not nut quite chilly. We had to wear a jacket over our sweaters yesterday! Thank you as always for your lovely visit and comments! Let Carol and I know when to prepare the next lunch meeting. We will be expecting you!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Vespawoolf, thank you for visiting and commenting! I truly believe that there are some relationships best left on paper! I am so glad Carol is not one of them!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      I would be the happiest man in the free world my lovely Randi - and I would be free to be so happy. Sending you big hugs from myself and my furried kids - lake erie time 2:33pm out for my walk now around the bay of the lake - high winds today and severe wind chill announcing a storm on its way

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Hey, lovedoctor, thanks for visiting. There actually is something like that in certain areas. Not a convention but a mmeet up. If there isn't one in your area, you can start one. Merry Christmas!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What fun for the two of you to meet and get to know one another better. I met some fellow hubbers at a HubCamp in Houston, Texas. It is nice to be able to actually meet some of our fellow writers and put faces and names together. It was also good to meet some of the home office folks like Robin Edmondson and Jason Menayan. Up and interesting votes. :)

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      How fun for you, Peggy! It would be great to have more of these happenings. I have looked on meetup.com to see if there are others in my area. Thank you so much for the votes!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      What da heck??? Where have i been and how did i miss this little gem?

      omg..i smiled the entire way through it - and i think you are both absolutely gorgeous! It's so cool to see 2 of my favorite hubbers actually together! Carol has been kind enough to 'invite' me for lunch - and while i don't live 2 hours away (unfortunately), i'm hoping she makes it to florida one day! I mean - everyone does, don't they? Lol..

      Beautiful, fun, interesting, hub! Sharing on and wishing you the best New Years you could imagine - and more!

      Heading over to see Carol next..lol

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Well, Ms Leslie, while I'm not sure where you've been, I hope we will all be able to do lunch in the near future! Florida is not too much over 2 hours by plane! Who knows? Although....if you come to Az, it's 2 for 1! 'Thank you so much for your always supportive and encouraging comments! I have been a bit incognito because of work but hope to catch up soon! happy, happy new year my friend!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      How exciting! Both of you, smiling from ear to ear, it's obvious the visit went really well and you enjoyed meeting and chatting.

      This is a goal for so many Hub-pals here, who don't live too terribly far apart. I know that I certainly hope to do this with a few hubbers I've become attached to. I must also plan a trip to Orlando to meet my "go-to-gal," Sunshine.

      I'm not surprised at all that you beautiful, sweet ladies have so much in common.....for one thing.."WRITERS" instinctively GET one another! LOL.......This sounds like it was great fun and I definitely had fun reading it. Thanks so much for sharing. I'm off to read Carol's version...........UP+++ shared.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, fpherj48! It was fun and I do recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity! Enjo your meet with Sunshine. It will be great! Thank you so much for your votes and sharing. Happy New Year!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      That is great! I would love to meet another hubber in person. What a neat experience!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      It was really fun, Victoria Lynn! I hope to be able to visit Carol soon and look forward to other opportunities to meet hub authors! Thanks for stopping by!

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      WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      OldPooolman and I met for lunch in Florence with our wives. Great experience.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      It is fun isn't it? Well, maybe we need to plan a meet up for all of us Arizonans! Thanks for stopping by.

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      WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      There are quite a few of us!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      It would be fun!

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      mrshoki 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Just came from Carols hub, and it is great to hear hubpages have brought you together as friends and now in the flesh. I love your hub too, awesome and voted up.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you mrshoki, for stopping by and your great comments! Much appreciated!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Randi,

      How fabulous for the two of you to meet! I support Carol too and it must have a great meet judging from the gorgeous pic and long lunch. Great to find you have so much in common. I would love to meet up with fellow hubber's and "friends" which many, including yourself , I do think of as friends. I did meet my other half online believe it or not, on a dating site but that's another story!! LOL Well done on a great idea that has made you both closer. Voted up, interesting, awesome, shared!!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Suzie HQ! It most definitely was fun and I agree it would be amazing to a have a hubpages meet-up. There are so many people I just know I would love to meet in person! And I sure wouldn't mind a trip to Ireland! Thank you so much for the votes and share.

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Just came from reading Carol's. Interesting to read both stories of the same encounter. Sounds like great fun!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, truthfornow, it was!

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      Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

      It's like having the best of both worlds. A lovely and interesting story.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Robin! It was fun and I am planning to drive up her way next month.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      That is such a sweet story! It must be great to meet someone from HubPages. Thanks for sharing this story with us.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Kathryn! It was very cool!

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