If horse blogger friends aren’t the best kind of friends to have, they’re at least in the top 5. At least that’s how I felt after equestrian blogger extraordinaire, L Williams, came to see me last week.
Though I’m blessed to have some awesome writing friends that I’ve made through my MFA program, I have to admit that I really miss going catching up on the latest barn drama over margaritas or analyzing everything horsey with my barn friends back home in Austin. When LW came to Riverside, I was thrilled for a lot of reasons. One of them was simply, it was really nice to go to lunch and talk about ponies pretty much the entire time with no judgment.
Not only ponies, but blogging and ponies and blogging about ponies (or not about ponies most recently in my case). Because I’ve “known” LW for so long and we’ve chatted about deep dark terrible things on both of our ends, I feel completely at ease with her in the real world. So much at is, that I admitted something to her that I haven’t admitted to most people — I keep thinking of shutting this blog down.
I admitted the steam I started the year with over here at SMTT was pretty much immediately deflated for reasons I’m not rehashing, because I’ve lost enough sleep over them already. We talked about the reason we blog, the pressure (or lack thereof), our blog’s golden years and all of the horses and people and places we’ve been. I didn’t walk away from lunch with any answers, but I did feel extremely thankful to have such a smart, unique and compassionate friend.
Then we had to go see Nerd Horse, naturally. LW and my trainer hit it off immediately, which I predicted would happen. I had told trainer previously that she’d really like my blog buddy. “I think I work moderately hard, but she makes me look like a total slacker,” I said. My trainer loves students devoted to the world of riding and horsemanship, and I can’t think of an amateur I know that’s more devoted to the sport than LW.
I hopped on Simon first, and was all like, “Dis is my horse. He is kind of a weird horse, but he is my horse.”
As I was walking around, I mentioned that I of course think he’s the world’s most attractive creature, but he’s hard to get decent pictures of.
“Yeah, he looks a little goofy from what I’ve seen,” she replied (accurate). “But he’s actually pretty nicely put together.” (Also accurate, and swoon on my behalf).
Then LW hopped on, and Simon was all OMG EVERYONE ASKS ME FOR THINGS NOW AND THEY ARE NOT THE SAME WAY I USED TO BE ASKED FOR THINGS AND WHAT IS WITH THESE CALIFORNIA PEOPLE AND THEIR DEMANDING AIDS OMG SEND HALP SEND OBAMA SEND ANYONE!
Then LW reminded him that there is no more Obama and we live in a Dystopian nightmare, so he trotted around politely.
If you’re reading this post wondering why there aren’t flashy, high quality pictures of this famous blogger jumping my quazi-kind-of-used-to-be-famous blog horse around, I have to answers to that question:
1- I forgot my nice camera at home, because I was too distracted by the friendship.
2- That’s a subject for my next post.
Hopefully I won’t leave you hanging for a month about why Simon wasn’t jumping around and showing the internet how much LW’s equitation is than mine, but you know… it’s hard to tell around here these days. All I know for sure is that I really appreciate my blog friends, and I want to steal L Williams and make her live in the glorious Inland Empire with me.