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    I met Eric at Classical Values in one of SE Pennsylvania’s restored downtowns today, and he’s as mellow in person as he is on his blog. Cute, too, even without the deal-clinching accessories, which I can assure you he didn’t bring to Starbucks.

    I, however, will never be mistaken for mellow, so our initial greeting ran, lamentably, something like this:

    E: Sean? Hi! Glad to meet you!

    S: Eric? How do you do? Can you believe the parking around here? I think I’m going to have to go down and move my car–I’m in this one-hour space at the bottom of the hill. There was one metered place open, acres of room, but I’ve never paralleled my mother’s new jeep before, and I overdid my workout yesterday–my neck won’t turn the whole way, yeah?–so I just had to find somewhere to pull in. I was going to go into the municipal lot here, but you know, it’s full–I figured I’d circle back around a few times, because it’s afternoon, and people are leaving, right? No luck, though. Total madhouse. So I figured it would suck if you were waiting 20 minutes and wondering whether you were going to be stood up, and I decided just to take the next opening I saw–let me tell you, it’s in Ultima Thule. I totally ran up the hill–and over a few streets. I hope I can still find the thing. [breath] Uh, so how are you?

    At this point, Eric could have been forgiven for assuming a cloudy look and saying, “I’m sorry, my name is Erik…uh, Williams. With a k. You must be looking for someone else. Hope you’re not waiting here too long!” And then bolting. Luckily for me, he’s a tolerant sort, and we ended up having a great afternoon and a charming end to Thanksgiving week.

    26 November 21:24 EST

    4 Responses to “Off-line”

    1. Eric Scheie says:

      What a great time!
      And I’m speechless at being called “cute.” (Thanks, Sean, but you’re the one who really deserves that appellation!)

    2. Sean Kinsell says:

      Oh, I’m sure you could dredge up someone to vouch for my version of things.

    3. Eric Scheie says:

      If Puff could talk . . .

    4. Sean Kinsell says:

      …Puff would say, “Woof!” like me.
      (You walked right into that one, pal.)