This was the first meet-up to which I brought a chaperone. After all, that ScientistMother is scary.
We were actually at a Cafe Scientifique event about the "convenience" barriers that prevent people from choosing more sustainable options (e.g. remembering to bring reusable bags to the store so you don't need to use the plastic ones), and I brought a non-bloggy friend who is very interested in the field. And apparently I was the scary one - after telling ScientistMother that every blogger I'd met so far was just how I'd imagined them, I said "it's too early to tell with you, though" and got a worried look in return. The first laugh of many that night!
After a few more hours, I was able to conclude that ScientistMother is just how I imagined*. Very bright, very passionate, and definitely not afraid to speak out and express her opinions (in a good way! The speaker was being naive/simplistic when he said money was the biggest barrier to getting more people to take transit, and ScientistMother was right that time can be much more of an obstacle. And, true to blog life, once ScientistMother had taken the plunge and become the first person to jump in, others followed, and a better conversation evolved).
Once the event was over, we had an awesome and wide-ranging conversation about science, blogging, the environment, and (of course!) Monkey (soooooooooo cute! Thanks for sharing your photos, ScientistMother!). I hope we'll do it again soon!
I did find it funny that after all this talk of time and money being obstacles to taking transit, ScientistMother dropped me off at a bus stop, and I was more or less immediately handed a transfer ticket (with 50 minutes still on it) by a kind and generous passerby, and then the bus arrived within a minute...
*Am I just how she imagined? Let's just say that she seemed very surprised that I didn't want to go in on a pitcher (I'd just started my 2nd pint when she arrived!)