Long overdue: my phone conversation with dear fiend and Finkville citizen, Suzanne! She and her husband are visiting the states from the Netherlands, and she called me last night from her mom’s home in Michigan. A 48-minute treat that was.
Suzanne and her dashing Dutchman Harold are wonderful people who met “online” and have turned their relationship into a 10-year success story. I “met” both of them on the #newbies channel on the IRC network of chat servers (for those who don’t know and don’t want to wade through the link: it’s kind of like Instant Messenger, but you can see dozens of folks talking all at once. It’s basically what AOL calls a “chat room,” only for people with brains).
We, along with the Thriller, were channel operators, helping people new to IRC get acclimated to software and network issues. It was fun and I think the four of us can say we met a lot of cool people from all over the world.
Suzanne was in my wedding, flying all the way from California to Florida to be with us. [Remember when your dress got lost in shipping and we had to get you another one, last minute? That was not stressful AT ALL…]
We have a lot of funny stories and some great memories. She is a super fiend, and top-drawer in my book.
Oh yeah, and her wedding back in 1999…who’s the cute little piano player?
Make sure you check out their website for the story in Suzanne’s words, as well as some great pictures to look at: hettenvan.com.
I will let you all know about my Mary Poppins experience. I hope I won’t need a spoonful of…well, nevermind.