Yesterday, I was honored with an invitation to go to Baton Rouge and meet Displaced Louisiana Guy and his wonderful family for dinner. It was a short drive of a little more than an hour from here, and it was a nice one, even with Murphy and Belle along for the ride.
As he describes it on his blog, we spent much time talking about things from "politics, to guns, to food, to dogs, to vet care". There were probably other topics too, but the discussion was eclipsed by this incredible stuff pork roast that he made, and with potatoes and a salad which also topped anything I could ever even hope to learn to make. And there was beer consumed as my two dogs played with his two. This was easily the nicest evening I've spent since coming down here, and it felt good to get out of the city and back out where real people live.
Next time out, I'm hoping to meet his father, Pawpaw, another interesting blogger who lives somewhat nearby as well.
I still miss my West Virginia-area friends something fierce, but meeting quality people like these folks down here makes that a bit easier.
Check out both of their blogs if you haven't done so already. You'll be glad that you did.