I always feel excited when I am thinking that there are many frequent readers and friends around this website. I also got a lot of email asking about “how about we meet next week?” or “I will be in Shanghai around ****, how about we meet and talk?”
I also have been waiting to meet some of my friends face to face if possible. I know many are in Shanghai already, while others, like Carroll and Xu are in California and Japan…
Maybe we can hold a very small gathering to celebrate the opportunity of being in the same city and knowing each other. It must be fun and memorable.
What do you think of the idea? It may not be a bad choice if the meet-up happens next Friday, December 26, 2003, at the Starbucks Metro City Store? Meet-up starts at 7:30 PM. Only one participant will make me happy enough. If you want to come, please post a comment on this page.
Q: Why Meet-up?
A: Why not? But it is just a very casual gathering and having a cup of coffee. The world is small. Why not gather and know each other?
Q: How many people will be there?
A: Two persons are enough for the gather. But open to more people. However, less than 10 is preferred.
Q: Who should attend?
A: I will not say anyone should attend. It will be very good if you are a frequent reader of this blog.
Q: What is the time and location?
A: Time: 7:30 PM, Friday, December 26, 2003
Location: Starbucks Metro City Store (out of Exit 10 of Metro Xujiahui Station)
Q: I cannot catch it. Is it possible to choose another time?
A: Yes. It is possible. But unless there is a very good reason, I prefer to stick to the date.
Q: What do you mean by small world? You have mentioned it many times.
A: Yes. It is true. I have a “small world” sections at the end of this page.
Q: Will Wendy be there?
A: I am not sure. I didn’t check with her yet.
Q: What will be the topics?
A: There should be a lot of things to discuss – the city of Shanghai, the blog, the weather, the culture shock, where to go and play… anything that is fun.
Q: Should I have dinner first?
A: Yes. We will not have dinner together. You need to buy yourself coffee.
Q: Any lucky draw?
A: Yes. I am thinking of what the big prize will be. (Don’t have high expectation. I am not as rich as Bill Gates)
P.S. Small World
This world is full of miracles and chances. I have a good friend Cuanyu who left comment on my board to claim that guy on the background of my picture was him. Thus we have met with each other in Riwa and then connected via Internet. I have a nother friend Michael from Shanghaiexpat.com. He met my collegue at the air plane from San Fransisco to Seattle! Now, this is the third miracle: Run was telling a story that George read this blog and found out Run was in Munich, Germany and they finally met:
…Talking about George, it´s a miracle. I cannot believe this happened.
- Somebody recommend Jian Shuo Wang’s log (www.wangjianshuo.com) to him
- he visited Jian Shuo´s blog site
- he found my blog (www.run2me.com) and visited it
- he observed I was in Munich that days
- he contacted me via BBS board and email
- we got connected in MSN and made an appointment in the Central Station in Munich … the place we have been there before
- we met near the gate of the train to Swan Castle finally!
It’s a miracle! I cannot believe it happened without a phone call for two persons who never know each other meeting in a place they have never been there before! but it happened in the Interget age!
Quoted from Run2me.com
The world is small right? By of Six Degree of Separation theory, any one can know any one within 6 loops. True.
Update Wonderful MeetUp December 31, 2003
The meet up turned to be very successful. Read the story and see the pictures here: Wonderful Meetup on December 26.