Ali—one of my newest friends, but someone that I took to like a fish takes to water or like a worm takes to tequila or like a gambler takes to Vegas or . . . well, you get my meaning. Ali’s tons of fun and I look forward to her fab comments on all my blogs. I secretly think she’d be a terrible influence on me if we lived near one another, and by “terrible” I mean great good fun!!
Amber—what can I say about Amber? She’s fun and funny and all that jazz. She’s been around my blog for almost as long as I have and long ago earned the title of my BBB (best blog buddy), though she likes to sit by the door so that she can come and go as she pleases, and that’s good as it keeps the air fresh and all that good stuff, and of course, once she returns, it’s always so wonderful to see Amber Angel.
Bert—rock solid with a heart of gold, that’s Bert. She’s just a dear and has moments of delightful hilarity that send me laughing so hard, I almost fall off the couch; one that comes to mind is her story about the Easter lily last year . . .too good. Bert’s a good egg (to keep that Easter-y theme), and I like her so much.
Ceres—an intellect, a student, a teacher, a humanitarian, a thoughtful friend. What a grand girl she is, and she teaches about such wonderful things in her blogs with grace and humor and passion. A very good blogger and thinker and 360 Princess is Ceres.
Chris V—there aren’t enough positive adjectives in the world to describe our Chris. He’s funny, thoughtful, kind, sweet, amazing. He’s a genuine, good hearted, peaceful person who makes the world better just for being in it. I have secret hopes that he and Ceres will fall in love and have my 360 grandchildren (okay, not exactly hopes so much as schizophrenic fantasies, but hey . . . ).
Em (the Divine Ms. Em)—whose comments over the past year have kept me on my toes, rushing to google for research, giggling uncontrollably, and sniffling sentimentally in my soup. Em’s a good and long time 360 friend, one I don’t see as much or as often as once I did or as I’d like but who always brightens the room when she does come in.
Eskimo (aka Elmo)—my, my, my . . . dear Elmo. He’s a riddle is Elmo. At one moment as kind as the day is long and the next . . . a lecherous sex fiend or radical rebel guy picking fights about religion and politics (now you’re all beginning to see why I like him so much, huh?). He’s got a good heart and a decent brain, so once we get him a girlfriend who likes her feet rubbed, he’ll be good to go.
Fanta (and FantaZart)—I’m her biggest fan. And not in that scary Kathy Bates kind of way, either. Witty, intelligent, and a woman of so very many talents, Fanta is just amazing. An artist, a chef extraordinaire, and a soon to be cookbook maven, Fanta is just amazing. But I said that already. Hmph. Must be true then. She is.
FrankiE—Now FrankiE I really don’t know all that well, but I can tell from reading his comments on Spicy’s page (who I miss very much, btw) and on mine, as well as from reading (and lately listening) to his blogs that he’s a good hearted, poetic spirited, and warm kind of person who thinks well of others. As I think well of him.
Gaby—easily the best llama in all the land. An enormous, giving, generous, loving heart has Gaby, and she’s intuitive and talented and artistic and kind and good. If I were going to need love, an empathetic heart, and protection from poachers, I would rush to Gaby and never ever leave.
Gloria—Gloria is GORGEOUS. Her spirit, her soul, her humor, her intellect, her sense of fun, her face, her taste in music, her taste in friends (!) . . . everything about her is just gorgeous. I swear that I think she is shiny and glowing, her page itself just feels good to me, like home in a way. There’s no one like Gloria, and I treasure her.
(Ranger) Gregg—now here’s a guy who can take you out into the National Parks of this land and show you things in nature that you’d never even thought of, and then within moments, he may be debating some aspect of our education system or espousing the joys of photography, trainspotting, or sports with his sons. Although he’s not around as much as we’d all like, Gregg’s a real part of my 360 family, one I wouldn’t want to be without.
Heyman—here’s a man who is an artist, a friend, a solid good man with a good heart and wonderful sense of fun. I admit that I didn’t “get” him at first, but now that I do, I wouldn’t trade him for another or for a whole host of others; he’s special and unique and just fabulous! He’s also thoughtful and thought provoking, both of which are qualities I appreciate a great deal. I honestly can’t remember what it was like to blog before I met him, and I don’t want to.
Jillene—The gentle spirit among us who thinks deeply and looks inward and feels and is in ways I don’t fully understand but that I most certainly appreciate. And best of all? Jillene has an amazing sense of fun and can be as silly and naughty as anyone ever. She’s someone you can wax philosophical with one moment and then giggle with at some guy’s great . . . bottom. I think she’s fabulous, I so really do.
Kerry—at first I was afraid of Kerry because she seemed so . . . oh, I don’t know, serious, but she’s so not. She’s amazingly funny, with a fabulous dry sense of humor that I just love, and she’s so smart and so much damned fun that I smile just seeing her avatar on my page, whatever it might be on any given day, that is. She gets me on levels that I don’t think everyone does, or that they politely ignore (which is no fun). I’d consider venturing into the heartland to have a cup of coffee with her (so long as she promised to put nothing powdered into it!) because I think so very much of her.
Lisa C—Lisa’s got an amazing heart, makes the most wonderful jelly EVER, and put together the absolute best quilt and just for me, too. Not an effusive woman, she’s solid and good and dependable and just plain wonderful. She’s got a wicked sense of fun, a lovely way with a story, and is a real treat to know. Lisa is someone that I think of as a friend in real life, and she knows what that means to me.
Mavis—she’s over in Scotland just now, so won’t see this, I almost feel that I shouldn’t talk about her when she’s not here, but she’s just so nice that I couldn’t not list her, you know? I will say, though, that I’m looking forward to her return because I know that her entries about her trip “home” will be uplifting, inspiring, and inspired!
Max Ambiguity—I know in real life and have for a good number of years. She’s wonderful and smart and funny and a good friend with a marvelous sense of humor. No need to gush on about her, as she’ll be here soon enough and I can tell her person. Stop twitching and shifting uncomfortably in your chair, Max, I won’t. Probably.
Michael—I’ve known Michael for years, and he’s someone who reminds me to stay balanced. He’s got a huge heart, too, and is funny and truly one of the very best people and friends around. I’m SO glad he’s taken to blogging lately, as it’s lovely to have him here in blogland, too. He’s a lovely human being that I’m very proud to know.
Mitch—to me Mitch seems like a mass of contradictions, but I think that’s what I like so much about him. He’s got very definite ideas about things, and that’s always good, and he’s got a quite wonderful sense of humor that I wish we could see more often. Best of all, he can string sentences together in a fun and interesting way and tell a story like there’s no tomorrow; he’s got a fine eye for the perfect picture and is absolutely tops in captioning them. I’m very glad that I’ve had the chance to get to know Mitch out here in blogland and am looking forward to reading more of his musings, amusing tales, and even (okay, especially) the occasional rant.
Monty—he’s the best translucent haired funny man around! Even though he’s another who’s not around as much as I’d like, he’s got a wonderful sense of fun and is just delightfully devilish. You have to love Monty, he’s practically irresistible.
Nancy—now here’s another one that I can’t figure out but who I like so very much. I get this idea in my head that she’s all prim and proper (which isn’t a bad thing, after all), and the next thing I know she’s posting hair gel pics ala Something About Mary and has me in stitches. I like that, keeps me on my toes! I was first drawn to her blogs because they are well done, well-written, and she has such fascinating stories to tell and has a clever way of pulling diverse topics and observations together that I admire, and I’m definitely looking forward to getting to know Nancy better this coming blog year!
Pris—I call her Priceless, and she is. There is no one as real to me or as real period as Pris. She’s honest as the day is long and sincere and good. I can’t really think of a way to tell you all how much I like her without saying things I maybe shouldn’t, but Pris knows how long she’s been my friend here and how much I miss her when she’s not around. She may not have known until now how very much I appreciate her, but that’s my oversight. And she knows now.
Rainy Day—I just love the photoblogging of Rainy Day; her place is like a peaceful oasis that makes you smile in its warmth and kindness; here’s another peaceful spirit with a flair for photography and a delightful sense of humor. Rainy’s no push over, though, she’s got an iron will, and that’s something to admire. For having a name like “Rainy Day” I can’t think of anyone more sunshiney and warm!
Rash (Doc Elvis)—Rash is new to my list, but we’ve had enough interaction that I felt I should include him here, couldn’t do otherwise, really; he’s a fun and interesting person with a lot to offer in terms of humor and experience and ideas and intellect and wit. I enjoy his blogs and his flirty
flirting and think he’s just adorable.
Rii—I could gush about how marvelous Rii is until the sun went down, rose, and went down again. In her hands, any story is amusing and riveting and fun; she shares history, travel, photos, and so very much more, and she’s just got the warmest heart and sweetest thoughtfulness but that devilish side, too, that is so much fun! Just an all around good and true person is Rii. And dignified. Can’t forget that!
Simon (red1hols)—although new to my friends list, Simon’s been in my favorites for ages; I’ve read many many of his blogs and loved each and every one. This is one intelligent man with one great sense of humor, and can he ever turn a phrase! I admire him in many ways, and not the least of which is his generosity and kindness: not only has he been relentless (in the good way) in his desire to see vulture funds stopped but he also took time to explain not once but twice to me how to footnote in blogs (not that I can do it, yet—but HE tried, you see). I just like Simon a great deal, not much to add to that, really.
Snuggles—what a dear, good-hearted, funny, sweet, thoughtful, caring person! It seems she’s been here forever and that I’ve known her for ages, but not in an old shoe kind of way, more in a comfy friend kind of way that makes me feel safe. As I have issues with trust, this is a huge huge (huge) thing for me, so she’s really someone special in my life. She’s supportive and encouraging and she lets me give her advice she doesn’t need because I’m so old and wise (well, old). Snuggles, to quote me, is lovely, through and through, and I just love her to pieces!
Tally—speaking of loving someone to pieces, Tally is so . . . Tally. I adore her; she’s funny and smart and witty and clever (and yes, I am very aware that they all mean much the same thing). I could talk to Tally forever and then still want to talk to her some more; she’s just that . . . Tally. I can’t explain it, really, but I felt all bondy with Tally straight away. And I’m not sure really what that’s about, maybe the Buffy and/or SPN thing? We have similar taste in a lot of things and seem to think in similar ways. No use analyzing it, though: she’s brilliant and beautiful and witty, and I think she’s awesome, and she’s certainly my top fangirly blogger friend, not to mention a good little soldier who’s just too precious for this world.
Wendy—Wendy was my very first friend on 360, and I remember that she posted a Maya Angelou poem in response to one of my early posts, and I was just blown away. Wendy’s smart and funny and very nice, and I’d love to see her more around blogland, too, but as she’s not always here, I’ll take what I can get. She also shares my morbid interests, so that’s an added bonus.
And to my very newest friends: Azad, Sean, Chandra, River Rat, Khanh Linh, Sgt. Ruthledge, the Syllable Queen, Kate, Jon G, and Pilgrim—I treasure each of you and am already very much enjoying our debates and discussions, our jokes, visits, and exchanges, and I can’t wait to get to know each of you better.