My blogging buddy Yani is in town at the moment from Adelaide, so he arranged a small meet up last night so he could meet myself, Tom and Monty. I had met Monty once before at a Gay Blogger Meet organised by Single Guy over at the (sadly now closed) Single In The City, but I had never met Tom or Yani, even though I read their blogs. Monty and I both have been known to post our pics on our blogs, but I had no idea what Yani or Tom looked like.
Fortunately Yani spotted me as soon as I walked in, and gave me a great big hug. We chatted and drank our beers for a while, and then Monty came and found us. He and Tom had been there for a while and were sitting in out in the open air part of the bar. In fact the same outdoor area I talked about (and took photos of) here, here and (rather memorably) here. It was a beautiful warm night, and the four of us sat and shared a few drinks and talked.
What a nice bunch of guys! Yani is garralous, extroverted and funny, especially with a couple of beers in him! Tom is articulate and interesting, but quiet and appears quite shy. Oh, and tall. (Tom and I looked like opposite ends of some sort of spectrum. Before & After.) Monty and I are both talkers I suspect, and I think similarly find it fairly easy to keep a conversation going. All four us shared a fairly similar sense of humour too, and we didn't really struggle to keep the conversation going at any point.
A friend of Monty's rang with some sort of personal petite crise, so he left while Tom, Yani and myself took a short walk to get some gelati. Mmmmmmm, Lychee & Coconut teamed with Kaffir Lime. So good, I would have married it if I could. Tom left and I walked Yani back through Kings Cross to his hotel. 'The Cross' as Sydneysiders call it, was busy and a bit on the scary side (stripclub touts, hookers, drunk backpackers and more than a few drug users on the streets) so I jumped in a cab and made my way home straight after seeing Yani to his hotel.
I had a lovely night. 3 very nice interesting guys, and a really pleasant evening. I think you can get a good sense of what somebody is like by reading their blog, but it's always been really interesting to me to meet bloggers that I have read before in person. Pretty much without exception it has been a positive and interesting experience so far. I hope to catch up with Tom and Monty again some time, even after Yani has gone back to Adelaide.
Thanks for organising it Yani!