The not so obvious credit needs to go to LiveJournal and my self-esteem. Yes, that's right, my esteem is good for more than just strutting around like a peacock to show my feathers. It helps make some great connections too. The story goes like this.
I was on my way to the Vogue one night. I had parked two blocks away and was walking down the street when I spotted this couple walking in the same direction. They were wearing black and half a block from the club, so naturally I assumed they were going to the Vogue as well.
Now years ago I wouldn't dare approach strangers on the street and talk to them, let alone ask if I can join them. But I was all happy and giddy about going to my favorite place and feeling pretty good. Plus my self-image is finally passing that point where I think I'm not good enough to talk to absolutely anyone. So I picked up my pace to intercept them. And walking alongside them I asked, "are you going to the Vogue."
Well these folks turned out to be friends rayce and taz98027. They were in fact going to the Vogue so we introduced ourselves and chatted on the short walk to the club door. At the end of the night as the club closed and we poured out into the street, we chatted once again. None of us had pens or paper, but LiveJournal names were easy to remember. So we exchanged those.
If I had not been confident in myself enough to just start talking to these two strangers, I never would have met Rayce. And if I had not been reading Rayce's LiveJournal regularly, I would not have known she needed the job. I mean I know other people who need a job. But it was her journal that convinced me she should be the one person I refer it to. So three cheers for LiveJournal (and those that aren't afraid to share their personal stuff in it)! It does more than just introduce us to new friends. It can totally change the course of our life!