Last weekend I had a jarring experience--I met someone who had read this blog. She's an ex-Peace Corps volunteer married to an Afrikaans guy. They live in Northwest near a couple other volunteers.
She's the first (and probably only, let's be honest) person I've met to stumble on this place before actually meeting me. I have to say, I felt a bit uneasy. I did a quick mental review of everything I've ever posted. Most of it--total garbage. Would I make this my first introduction to a person? "Hey, nice to meet you. Read 9000 pages of rambling nonsense. I'll be over here." The whole point of a blog is that no one ever reads it, right? Right?
In any case, she didn't seem too visibly offended by my obvious lack of tact or panache. Bullet dodged. Or maybe it is a good introduction--maybe I really am a pretentious buffoon constantly holding forth on topics obviously beyond my pay grade.