Almost a year ago, I traveled halfway around the world to meet Robin in person, along with a few other wonderful EE minions. Today, I had the great pleasure of seeing Robin again, this time on her home turf, or very nearly, in Alexandria, Virginia. I also met her husband for the first time (yes, lads, sorry, but Robin is married) and liked him a lot despite his being Welsh. Or possibly because he is Welsh. I've only known one other openly Welsh person, and he's a good guy. So maybe that's it.
In any case, much fun was had by all even though not one of us drank Guinness, which surprised even me. Robin and I talked about writing and many other things. More important, since Robin's Day Job is actually related to my line of work, we discussed business. In fact, we discussed business for a number of minutes, during which the waiter conveniently delivered the check. And it should be noted that if I had ordered a room service dinner on this business trip, which undoubtedly I would have done had I not met Robin and her husband, the bill would have been far higher.
It is a pleasantly odd feeling to be meeting a person for only the second time in your life yet fall instantly into a comfortable banter as if you grew up together.
Unfortunately, Chris was unable to leave her Things unsupervised and make the 90 minute drive to join us. Which I don't quite understand since her facebook status seems always to imply that the supervision she provides is not always relevant to their activities anyway.
Finally, a note to all reading this: We must do this again soon, with a larger contingent. Fellow minions, what say ye?