Sometimes the nicest things happen through blogging. I've met a woman (hi, Jen!) I'd otherwise never have known, I've had dozens of email conversations about interesting things with interesting people (too many to list), and more than a few trans-continental phone calls! (You know who you are!) I've even made some friends. ("Even" because acquaintances are easy; 'friends', in my experience, are harder to come by.) I've picked up snippets of new information, learned a thing or two, had some thought-provoking challenges thrown my way. This weekend was another nice thing, my first tangible nice thing. Last Wednesday, I received an email from a lurker, which sometimes happens. This lurker, however, was a bit different. She'd planned a trip to Ottawa this past weekend, but circumstances arose at the last minute which prevented her from coming. She had tickets for a special event. Would I like them?