I am out of town this week spending time with family and celebrating my grandma’s 85th birthday. She is actually the only other diabetic in the family (Type 2) and we like have fasting blood sugar competitions – she usually wins!
Anyway, while I am gone I figured it would be a good idea to mix up my Friends for Life wrap-up posts with some guest posts from my friends. To stay with the theme of the blog, I asked Scott to write about his favorite “Moment of Wonderful” that he has experienced either because of or despite diabetes. Enjoy!
Christel’s podcast, Diabetic Feed, introduced George to Kerri’s blog. Kerri’s blog inspired George to start his own diabetes blog. I stumbled onto George’s blog and left a comment. That was January of 2006.
That was where the “bromance” started. As Sara has been the one to capture the most awkward pictures ever, I figured her blog would be a perfect place to tell the story. Maybe we’ll get lucky and she’ll add some of them into this post [duh!].
February of 2009, I was still working for Cozmo, and was invited out to the Los Angeles area for a business meeting. George lives in the Los Angeles area, so we spoke about extending my business trip and staying at his house for the weekend. It was a done deal less than 5 seconds after talking about it.
My business colleagues did not understand how I could possibly feel comfortable enough to stay the weekend with a complete stranger that I had never met before. A few of them gave me their direct phone numbers, saying “if you walk in there, and he has human skin lampshades, you call me and I’ll come get you right away”.
I sort of understood their concern, but I also felt like I knew George as well as, or better than, many of my “real life” friends. There’s something unusual about the bond living with diabetes usually provides.
Once my work was done, I headed off to meet George. As soon as I got into his car I felt a wave of familiarity and relaxation. I didn’t have to be “on duty”, like I was during my work stuff. I could just be Scott. He was just George. It was really nice.
Meeting George for the first time, in real life, was a Moment of Wonderful for me.