Monday, November 4, 2019
Meeting an old friend for the first time
Last Saturday, Miss D. and I drove down to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex to meet someone with whom I've had contact online for something like twenty years, but never actually met.
Kim du Toit is well known in the blogosphere and shooting fraternity, and is also a writer. He used to blog at The Other Side of Kim, but that went away some years ago. To my great pleasure, he started blogging again a couple of years ago at his new online home, Splendid Isolation. He's recently remarried, after the death of his first wife, and his lady (also from South Africa) is settling down and finding her feet in her new home.
We met at the British Emporium, a mecca for expatriate British and South Africans that stocks many of the foods and other goodies with which we grew up. I daren't visit there too often - it's bad for my bank balance! After each putting a dent in our respective wallets, we adjourned to a barbecue restaurant and enjoyed a very good, very meaty meal. (It's the first time I've had prime rib prepared in barbecue style. It was interesting.) Thereafter we adjourned to Kim's home for tea and conversation, where I salivated over his minty-condition SMLE rifle dating from World War I. (I told him I'd buy it anytime he wants to sell it, but I suspect I'm a long way back in the queue!)
We had to take our leave at last, and wend our way through DFW evening traffic to get back on the road homeward. (I truly detest big-city traffic, which is one reason I don't live in a big city any more!)
It was great to finally meet Kim. We've invited him to come up here and join us for one of the regular get-togethers of the North Texas Writers, Shooters and Pilots Association, and I hope he and his wife will soon count themselves members.