April 05, 2005
ON THE CHICAGO BLOGMEET: BLAKE OF THE LAUGHING WOLF
I hadn't read The Laughing Wolf much before the blogmeet, but he came highly recommended by Tammi of Road Warrior Survival - one of her favorite reads. Mostly what I knew was that he had to be good people, since Tammi is more finicky that Morris the Cat.
I was not disappointed.
I walked into the restaurant & he introduced himself & started chatting away quite naturally. Like most bloggers I've met, there was an instant comfort level. When you have blogging in common, it's a solid platform to launch from.
Although I was a little surprised, I guess. He hangs around with wolves. I was half-expecting some sort of loincloth-wearing Mowgli character.
However, he was fully-dressed, intelligent, friendly, inquisitive & well spoken. A good sense of humor, as evidenced by the fact that he was willing to carry a foot-tall ceramic gnome around the streets of Chicago after dark.
So maybe he was a little loony, too, but who am I to hold THAT against him. Besides, he was the only attendee who thought to bring a laptop along. A regular "be prepared" little Boy Scout, he was.
Definitely on my list of "bloggers who bear further investigation", since he had more good stories than there was time to listen to during one short evening - especially given the presence of certain verbose & gregarious characters.
Therefore the plan is to infiltrate Blake's domain at the Wolf Park once the weather gets dependably nicer, after which I'll be able to give you a better report about the man behind the pixels.
Oh, and speaking of the Wolf Park, Blake is doing a little fund-raising for them. Details here.
Personally, I figure since the wolves make Blake happy, and I like Blake, the least I can do is buy a Guinness for that poor Beta wolf who got dragged around by his penis.