I know all you Fusioneers think I just live in sleepy little ol’ Huntsville, Alabama. But truth be told, we’re quite the hip and happening place, and we’re very accustomed to hob-knobbing with the elite.
Whether it’s Tom Hanks dropping off his kid at U.S. Space Camp or Kurt and Goldie showing up to watch their son Wyatt play hockey for UAH, a celebrity sighting hardly even draws a gasp of awe these days.
But a Malibu Librarian sighting? Well, now that’s a different story altogether:
I can assure you there’s nothing wrong with your eyes. That really is Harding alum and now Pepperdine’s own James Wiser, librarian extraordinare, standing outside Little Rosie’s Taqueria in Huntsville.
Although I wish could have met James under happier circumstances (his father is recovering from a heart attack at Huntsville Hospital), in keeping with the theme of redeeming even the most difficult of situations, we had lunch together and a great visit.
I also met the mysterious and illustrious “C” and James’ Mom as well. And thankfully, owing to the great staff at Huntsville Hospital and the prayers of so many, James’ Dad is recovering and has been moved from the CCU to his own room.
What’s that you say? Is that the same “Little Rosie’s” that was the locus of the worst E. coli outbreak in Alabama in over 20 years?
Uh, yes it is, but I didn’t tell James that–didn’t want to spoil his fajita chicken tacos, don’t ya know. But the fact of that matter is that even the health inspector eats there on a regular basis, and if that’s not a seal of approval, I don’t know what is.
Sometimes I wonder why I blog, and my visit with James yesterday reminded me of the answer: it’s about the relationships, stupid. And while most of those online friendships will most likely remain “virtual,” it’s nice to talk with a live body now and then too. We must have discussed just about everything under the sun and them some. I felt as if I had known James for years.
Now if I can just track down that JRB. Good grief, he only lives 3 hours away in Montgomery, and James came all the way from Malibu…