Today I would like to introduce you to a fellow blog reader. (Just think if all of you could meet each other!) Her name is Mary. We met, first, through Taxes.
As some of you know, I am a Tax Collector & Sinner. (Sorry, can’t help quoting the Bible sometimes.)
Mary is a taxpayer in Arvon Township where I collect property taxes as one of my part-time jobs. (I am a taxpayer, too. Sigh.)
She penned a handwritten letter awhile back with a tax question. She left her email address, in case I wanted to respond via the modern era. I did. At that time, I had one of those signatures at the bottom of the email that linked to this blog.
She visited the blog. She liked. She made me happy because she said she read. (That makes me delighted. We were already fast friends in spirit.)
In July she sent her summer taxes with a note. She and her kids were coming to Skanee at the end of July. Her husband is in the foreign service and would not be visiting. Could we meet?
Could we meet?
Of course we could meet!
I went to visit her and her three kids a week or two ago. What a wonderful visit! She plied me with tortellini salad for lunch and then we walked at least a mile down to Our Lady of Lake Superior for early afternoon admiration. There is another taxpayer down there who has Stations of the Cross on his property, I kid you not, which would have been photographed promptly from the shore but I am darn tired of carrying this camera everywhere.
(If I carried the camera everywhere you would be seeing a photo of a MOOSE on these pages…another long story. OK, you wanna hear? Several weeks ago, maybe in June, I was in an anti-photography mood. Darn those evil anti-photography moods. Ban them! Well, anyway, I was driving to town and other faraway sites without the camera when suddenly, there to the left, lurked a large bull moose. The second creature I’ve ever seen. I was in such an anti-camera mood that I merely said, “Oh look–a moose!” and drove on by. Even though the little Sony Cybershot sat unattended and forgotten at the bottom of the blog writer’s purse. However, three weeks later I woke up from that crazy mood and have been cursing my silly anti-photography mood over and over and over again! But I prevaricate. Back to the main point of THIS blog.)
Anyway, we met. We liked. We decided to visit The Finn’s Tavern in Greater Skanee (OK, lesser Skanee, perhaps) and we dined upon fishburgers and cheeseburgers. Barry even attended! We munched french fries and potato chips and drank assorted beverages. Two of the kids played pool.
We laughed a lot.
I hope we get together again one of these fine summers.
Mary and her family are an absolute delight.
Amazing, the treasures we sometimes meet through this Internet, isn’t it?
Thank you, Mary and family, for the wonderful evening at Billy the Finns. See you soon!
Blog readers, have you met on-line friends before? What has been your experience?