Dan Collins has been a regular contributor at Protein Wisdom (easily our most linked-to site) for quite awhile now, and -- among other things -- he's also the teacher who orchestrated the online Shakespeare metapoetics course I attempted to promote here.
I find myself in Vermont this week (i.e., Dan's neck of the woods) on work-related matters, and so I emailed Dan to see if I could meet this legendary blogger-instructor in person. To my delight, Dan agreed, and we had dinner this evening. It was really kind of him to go out of his way (the man has a family, dammit) to spend some time with an admiring reader, and he couldn't have been more gracious.
The steaks were great, the beer was delicious, and the transsexual escorts were . . . well, perhaps a bit aggressive given our presence in a dining room filled with families toting young children, but a truly thoughtful gesture nonetheless.
In all seriousness (I was kidding about the beer), I truly enjoyed the opportunity to sow a real-world friendship (or, if that's too presumptuous, a friendly connection) with another member of an almost-completely virtual, online community of souls who happen to share similar values and who tend to communicate about them exclusively via written words and pixels.
All of which is a long-winded way of saying that stalking has rewards. Your mileage may vary.