Ok, there were no collisions; it was just a mixing of my online and offline world for the first time.
Lanier Upshaw, Inc, my day job employer, co-sponsors a fundraising event for the Peace River Center; a private, not-for-profit, community mental health organization providing behavioral health and substance abuse treatment, crisis services, as well as domestic and sexual violence services to our community.
They let you have a gun, Dorman?
For the shoot, I invited my online friend Adam Toporek of IntenseFence; who lives close enough to me and I know is a ‘shooter’. My offline friends who joined us were Nick Emanuel, president of Citrosuco, NA and Dr Bo Jackson, a local veterinarian.
I consider Nick one of my closest offline friends and have known him about 10 years. Knowing his personality and comments he has made about Facebook and Twitter, social is not something we normally discuss over a beer or during a round of golf.
Since there were 36 teams and it takes awhile to cycle through each round, there was plenty of ‘downtime’ providing ample opportunity for mindless chatter……….er, uh, meaningful conversation.
You do what?
Whereas I don’t consider myself a closet blogger, the majority of my offline friends have no clue the extent of my ‘social’ activities. You would think riding around town in my Burger King social media guru crown might be a tip-off, but apparently not. However, I knew ‘social’ would come up in the conversation with Adam in tow.
It was going to be interesting to see if I was ‘outed’ and be necessary to convince my offline friends just how big of a deal I really am…doh… Out of a crowd of about 200 people, I knew only 2 I was Facebook ‘friends’ with.
What did you kill?
Time mostly as it took 30-45 minutes for each round. When they cut us loose and put us in the ‘gates’ to shoot we had six clay pigeons being launched simultaneously from all angles. We each had two shells in the chamber and a primary target to ‘kill’. If you hit your primary then you located the two remaining targets to clean them up.
Being the ruthless killers that we were, out of a max possible score of 60 we knocked down 30. That did place us in the top half but not quite at the ‘attaboy’ level. One team ‘killed’ 54, but there were teams in the teens, so we didn’t pull up the rear.
So, how did it go?
Quite well actually, we really didn’t delve too deeply on the ‘social’ side but Adam and I did discuss strategy and purpose. I told him I still view my activities as a networking opportunity, and he will attest the way I interacted with the group was very similar to my online presence.
Oh yeah, it also gave us the opportunity to talk about a quite of few of you, so if you feel it’s necessary to defend yourself then you better show up next time, huh?
Unfortunately Adam could not stay for dinner so he missed my power eating display, but he did catch glimpses of it in the afternoon as I never lost sight of the hor devours table.
It was an enjoyable day indeed
There were no collisions or awkward conversations, and it appeared Adam enjoyed himself; even with the sketchy friends I introduced him to.
If there is any question as to whether online relationships are real, I have no doubt they are. I’m just glad some of my online friends are close enough to visit.
I’m still eager to meet more, but how about you; have any of your online friends become offline friends as well.
Pull, or was that duck he said?