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Make New Friends...
It was somewhat indicative of this crew that some of us were tweeting our way into the meetup, and when The Other Half and I arrived to find half the gang already there, it was no stretch to use the cellphone camera to send a quick TwitPic to those d-tweeps out of the area. Just to make the eVite meetup into an unofficial Tweetup, we exchanged "Hi's" with Charise (@Diabeticizme) during our meal.
This was probably the first time I'd been among so many Type 1's at the same time, so it was a bit of a new experience for me to see a bunch of women checking their pumps and CGMs, asking, "Was that yours or mine?" every time one of them heard a beep. Definitely a good reason for pump and CGM manufacturers to include user-selectable (and possibly downloadable?) diagnostic tones, in the pattern of cellphone ring tones!
The meal itself was lovely -- as should be expected from a place whose exterior advertises the availability of muliple top-tier champagnes! -- the waiters attentive, and the clientele a mix between young twentysomethings hanging out and more settled folk coming for the Mediterranean French and Moroccan cuisine. More photos were taken during and after the meal -- mostly with Other People's Cameras, so I anxiously await the set of follow-on blog posts to see what we looked like as a group. The long table made it a bit difficult to converse with folk at the opposite ends, but some of that worked out afterwards when Val, Wendy, the Thills, my Other Half, and I walked down to Penn Station to return home.
The Other Half and I finally reached home about half past six, tired, but having had an excellent day meeting "old" online d-friends face-to-face and making new ones. I'm looking forward to the next meetup, and to the possibility of meeting more of my online friends "in the flesh".
Michelle Kowalski, a writer, editor and photography hobbiest living in Phoenix, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in February 2005. In January 2008, as part of her quest to start on an insulin pump, Michelle learned that she actually has type 1 diabetes. (Read More)
Nicole Purcell lists having type 1 diabetes last when she's asked to provide information about herself - because that's where it belongs. (Read More)