Top photo taken by Sophia!Â Bottom photos by Kim.Â Â More photos taken by the talented Kim on her flickr account.
Last December, I participated in a virtual baby shower for Shana of Gorillabuns.Â In my post for her, I wrote the following —
Like with most bloggers, I donâ€™t remember how I met Gorillabuns.Â Probably through Ms. Sizzle.Â Blogging creates weird blogfellows.Â What I like most about Shana is that she is funny.Â There is nothing sexier to a man than a funny woman.Â Some of the best moments with Gorillabuns did not occur on our blogs, but in emails â€” weâ€™ve had some amusing discussions about subjects such as marriage, her obsession with rock bands, and especially â€” juicy blogger gossip.
Why do we connect to one person and not another?Â Is it random?Â Timing?Â Or does each individual have a unique spark that you either see or you donâ€™t?
If I were to follow the advice of pro bloggers, I would not have befriended Gorillabuns.Â She is not in my â€œniche.â€Â Iâ€™m not sure IÂ even want my manly Citizen of the Month â€œbrandâ€ to be associated with a bunch of girls involved in a surprise blogger baby shower.
But, you know what â€” if I was practical about using blogging for career advancement, I would have missed out on the friendship and humor of Gorillabuns, who is one of the coolest people I have met online.
Sadly, Gorillabuns lost her baby, Thalon Bruce Myers, in April.
This week, a few of Gorillabuns online friends brought Shana to Las Vegas for some days of drinking and debauchery.Â I thought this was a smart idea, and not inappropriate at all.Â Â Â It must get tiring to have everyone tip-toe around the sad event, or, in reverse, everyone forgetting to treat Shana like a regular person.Â Â Shana’s trip would give her an opportunity to open up a little to her special friends, while still doing what women do while visiting Las Vegas — playing blackjack, drinking lemon drops, and attracting drunk men in the casino.
Sophia and I arrived at Kim’s home on Saturday night, the night after meeting Black Hockey Jesus.Â I was so excited to meet Kim, one of my long-time blogging friends.Â I gave her a big hug, as I did Shana.Â I could still see the sadness in Shana’s eyes, but her humor and intelligence were still intact.Â She is even funnier than on her blog. Â She immediately hit it off with Sophia.
After a drink, the first of many, we went to Morels French Steakhouse in the Palazzo.Â I sat at the head of the table, surrounded by six sexy, well-dressed women.Â I must have looked like a rock star, or someone very very very rich.Â Even the waiter nodded at me and said I was very lucky to be alive.Â He then handed me the wine list, figuring it was my manly duty to order the correct wine.Â Talk about poor gender profiling.Â Â I immediately handed the wine list to Kim, because my choice would have just been “the cheapest thing you have on the menu because I drink the two dollar wine from Trader Joe’s and it is fine with me.”
Later, we drove to downtown Las Vegas and ended up at some casino bar, listening to a band playing Led Zeppelin tunes.Â Gorillabuns and Sophia gambled their money away at a blackjack table, and I was forced to drink way too much by Kim.Â The rest of the night was a blur.Â The next day, I woke up at 3PM.
I can now quit blogging because on Saturday night, I pretty much achieved — and SAW — everything I wanted to in my blogging career.