By far one of the best things that has resulted from blogging since the fall of 2007 is the fact that I can travel just about anywhere and have the ability–time allowing–to meet up with a friend or two (or three, or four, or five) who happens to live there.
As soon as I found out I was going to be in Detroit this week I messaged my friend Melissa to let her know I’d be in town and although I didn’t know yet what my schedule was going to be like, I hoped that she would mark the date so we could attempt a meet-up.
Melissa has been blogging for about the same amount of time as me and was one of the very first online friends I had.
Sidenote: Jim calls my online friends “imaginary friends”, but after I meet them in person I make him promote them in his mind to “real” friends.
We finally met at BlogHer ’09. This is what it looks like when two “imaginary” friends eventually ride in a limo together after a swanky party as “real” friends.
It’s extremely difficult for me to call Melissa by her name, and it’s not because I confuse her with myself even though that would be a good theory. Oddly enough, I call her my “PH”. Even more odd, she calls me her “PH” too. People often ask me what “PH” means when I mention her on Facebook and I typically look down at my shoes and blush a little bit, because it’s a little embarrassing to tell the story…which is why I thought it would make a great blog post.
Back in the day, Melissa–er, my PH–and I used to have teenaged girl-like “arguments” about who was a bigger fan of Duran Duran and specifically, John Taylor.
One day, for lack of a better comeback, Melissa called me a poopyhead.
Then I called her a poopyhead.
Now we are in our mid-forties, with a nickname that presented itself to us on a silver platter, completely without warning and once again proving Life Rule #1073: You Can’t Choose Your Own Nickname.
I was able to visit with my PH last night at an awesome jazz club in downtown Detroit. Well, a little: the music was really loud (But AWESOME!). I hope to see her again soon!
(Love you, PH!)