Many, many years ago, a stranger from Australia left a comment telling me that I was mistaken and included a link to updated data to contradict my opinion. She did it in such a pleasant way, and the research article she referred me to was so well-done, that I emailed her back my thanks. We kept in touch via email and our blogs over the years.
I learned that she earned a living as a technical writer/editor while pursuing graduate studies in medieval history. I'm a scientist with more than a casual interest in history. She was a historian with more than a casual interest in science. The Internet is a great way for people on the long tail to meet like-minded individuals. The best part is, we're similar, yet dissimilar. That way, we can learn new things from one another instead of being ditto heads (option 6) in an echo chamber.
Graduate school was put on hold after she got a fantastic job opportunity. But that job abruptly ended through no fault of her own. She took advantage of forced time off and accrued frequent flyer miles to tour California.
This is her third visit with us. On this trip, she brought her aunt (in the safari vest), and six Style Arc patterns. She took a panorama shot of us at the Getty Center after the marine layer crept in. We look like typical under dressed tourists who don't know that the California coast is usually cold during the summer. In our defence, we began the day at the inland and much warmer LA Zoo.
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