I have the tendency to really be an introvert who fiercely protects her alone time. I’ve been on twitter since 2008 but only in the last 9 months has twitter jumped off the screen and started to be a part of my face-to-face life in a prominent way, pushing me out of my solo comfort zone to develop relationships with like-minded people that I actually see and travel with. Some of the people I would consider to be my best friends now, I met via twitter. Is it the new match.com as some have joked? No. However, it has led to many “tweetups” that have enriched my life and led to some amazing experiences I might not have otherwise had. The 12 state road trip that I completed in October with Spencer Spellman would likely not have happened without my having met Spencer on twitter. I could tell a dozen other stories similar to that.So while in Michigan for a recent photo shoot, I met Ethan Adeland and we had a food-centered tweetup that really got me thinking how true it is that some things in life are just better when shared. Ethan’s food blog is a wealth of recipes and good stories. We both have a fondness for the show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives so knowing that Michigan has one of the best burger dives ever featured on the show, Ethan drove over from Ontario and we hit up Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger in Ann Arbor. Of course, we did more than eat our doubles (with fries for me, onion rings for Ethan) but it was that simple joy that brought us together to start. We also enjoyed the Plymouth Ice Festival, shared an Elephant Ear, cooked a Mexican dinner of Cilantro Lime Chicken and did a photo walk out in the snowy wonderland so Ethan could practice with his new dSLR. I enjoyed giving him tips and encourage you to follow along as he continues to perfect the photographs that he uses to illustrate his culinary stories.
Every place I took Ethan in Michigan, was already familiar to me. Some, more than others. Most, that I’ve been to alone dozens of times during the years I used to live in The Mitten. What I found this weekend, is that all those places are better when experienced with a friend. Like life in general, these places imparted a heightened joy because of the experience of sharing them!
So be it with a friend you meet on twitter, like Ethan or Spencer for me, or a friend you’ve known for 30 years – enjoy life’s experiences with others as often as you can. Sometimes, it really does just … taste better with friends!