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It’s a small world after all

Random occurrence #1

This week at work I made an update to a web template on my company’s site, but it’s on a segment hosted by an outside vendor, so I had to e-mail them to wave their magic wand over their server so the changes would appear. It occurred to me that I should update my email signature while I was at it, but before I’d even saved my new sign-off, I got a phone call. “Wow, that’s some speedy customer service!” I thought. I picked up the phone, rattled off my generic greeting, only to discover that, HOLY CRAP, it was Morgan, in my house, re-caching my servers! She’s a reader who’d sent me an e-mail that had been sitting in my inbox for a month which I’d only responded to a couple days ago. She works in customer support at the vendor’s company and was happy to re-cache my servers….three times. (I had to make some changes, okay?)

I know that my blog is somewhat popular as far as weight-loss blogs go, but outside of this extremely specific niche of the world, I am not actually famous. I go to the grocery store without being accosted and run down the trail without any paparazzi jumping out of the bushes. I’ve never run into a reader in real life outside of a blogging convention. (I was at the IrishFest at the same time as Michelle, but we never ran into each other.) However, bumping into a reader from another city during the course of everyday life did make me suddenly feel famous for an hour.

I was also glad I’d gotten off my ass and replied to some of the moldier emails in my inbox last week.*

Random occurrence #2

I automatically click on most health and fitness articles so I can stay informed for y’all, so of course I read an article about Jared the Subway guy in the local paper. For foreign readers, Jared Fogle lost over 200 pounds by eating Subway sandwiches and has probably made enough money by appearing in their commercials to buy ten thousand times his old weight in sandwiches. Jared was giving a speech at his old elementary school and the location in the photo accompanying the article looked really familiar. I read the caption and, HOLY CRAP, it was the same gym where I took my TurboKick class last year! That’s the same stage where my aerobics instructor kicked and punched and yelled out instructions to our class even when she broke her toe. It’s evidently the same gym where Jared probably suffered through PE class as a child. Bizarre.

I guess Disney had it right when they said, it’s a small world after all, even if they had to shut down the ride for upgrades because we’ve become so fat.

* If I still haven’t replied to an email you sent me, I apologize. I do read them all. Sometimes I don’t know what to say to people. I’d love to wave a magic wand and solve everyone’s problems, just like Morgan was able to wave her wand over the servers and update my templates. But I can’t be all things to all people. Sometimes I just stare at my mail and don’t know what to say.

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15 Comments

Kalyn • March 15, 2008 at 10:39 am

I do know exactly what you mean about not knowing how to repond to e-mail sometimes, and I bet you get a lot more (and harder to respond to) e-mail than I do. I think you’re very healthy realizing you can’t be all things to all people, just keep writing the blog and focus on how many people you’re inspiring.

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Jenny • March 15, 2008 at 10:55 am

I think I started reading your blog just after you finished your kick boxing class. While my fitness classes are boxing (and for a boxer, kickboxing is different) there is still the same fabulous cardio that comes with it. I love how you’re willing to try new things and I’ve decided at my age (48 very soon) I want to roller blading. I credit your blog with this some of this. I also need to tell you that I’ve recently been trying different vegetatables… the ones I would never try before until your “Vegetable Porn Pictures.” I love those.

Lastly, here’s to randomness. It makes life less predictable.

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JEMi @ MyFavoriteDietBlog • March 15, 2008 at 11:22 am

now that’s pretty cool :)

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BrightAngel • March 15, 2008 at 12:11 pm

We’ve never met, and probably never will meet,

but I frequently think of you, and your tremendous weight-loss Efforts and the Results which you’ve achieved at your comparatively young age and your present stage of life.

I think sometimes there just isn’t anything to say except “I read your e-mail, and I’m thinking of you.” I’ve found sometimes although people THINK they want Salvation, they really just crave a bit of Attention.

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AndrewE • March 15, 2008 at 1:12 pm

Heh…it would be rather funny having the paparazzi follow you around. I could just imagine the headlines!

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Liz • March 15, 2008 at 2:05 pm

I’m moving to Indianapolis in about a year and I hope I run into you sometime, but I promise not to run after you.

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Sonya • March 15, 2008 at 4:03 pm

Love those “small world” happenings.

LOL! I don’t respond to e-mails from people I know, love and actually have something to tell them. Does that make you feel better? I’m so lucky to have friends and family who tolerate my idiot-syncracies.

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Red • March 15, 2008 at 4:13 pm

I still feel famous when my friends have seen my blog 8)

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AG • March 15, 2008 at 5:15 pm

I totally understand what you mean about emails. I think it’s good what you said, sometimes you just don’t know what to say. I think you should just forcus your energy on your journey and then we can take away from that, what we take away from that (which is a lot of positive things!!!)

AG

http://www.100daysinbed.blogspot.com

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K • March 15, 2008 at 6:59 pm

I often used to wonder if I would meet Dietgirl randomly on the streets of Edinburgh. But I never did (although every time I heard an Australian accent, I used to look to see if it was her). We eventually met up by arrangement!

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cara • March 15, 2008 at 7:43 pm

I love your blog. I don’t comment that often. But I use your blog for all of the great information you post. You’re famous enough in my eye.

Hey, I just took your cyber-blog picture. You had a funny look on your face. I’ll be sure an make it the headline photo in the blog rag magazine I publish. (LOL)!!!

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MizFit • March 17, 2008 at 6:53 am

can you believe how long jared has kept off the weight at well?

TIME

FLIES.

MizFit

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Joanna Zuk • March 17, 2008 at 10:42 am

Hi. I am looking for an online race countdown, so I clicked on your box that says “46 days” and has a photo of some running shoes. But the link didn’t work. Wanted to let you know.

Do you use an online training tracker?

Thanks.

- Joanna

PQ – Thanks for the broken link alert! I’ve fixed it. And yes, I use the Runner’s World tracker.

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wilma • March 17, 2008 at 1:25 pm

helloooooooo pastaqueen! i just wanted to let you know that my ohsoincrediblylovely tank top has arrived!! i was sooooo excited to see the package, especially when i saw the u.s. postal stamp–by the way, you guys have fantastic postal prices. :) thanks again, i love my new shirt, and felt like i won the lottery when it came! cheers, wilma

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Stephanie Quilao • March 19, 2008 at 2:26 pm

I hear ya on the Internet fame thing. I was at a Yahoo event recently, and was shocked that people knew my blog. The president of BlogHer even hugged me, and I thought I was in a parallel universe for a second…lol..

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