I got to know Mike through this board. We started to e-mail each other and soon enough he sent me a copy of his pedalsteel version of West Side Story. Later I got his other cd with classical music, which I liked more and of course I have his 3rd cd which I personally think is his best. Over the years we've sent each other e-mails and kept in touch. Sometimes the debate has been heated but as far as I can remember we've stayed civil thoruhgout .png" alt=":smileyhappy:" title="Smiley Happy" />
Anyway, I don't know how many years it's been since we got to know each other over the internet but this autumn, in late October we met for the first time when me and my wife were in LA. Mike took us around for two days in his car to see different places. We had a great time, Mike is such a sweet guy. He took us to Venice Beach, to different restaurants (and this wasn't easy since we're both vegans but Mike found some really nice vegan restaurants), and he also took us to see Huntington Park, which was fantastic.
He drove us around in different parts of LA and I don't know how many times he said "I'd really love to live here!" when we passed different neighborhoods. Mike is a sweeter guy in person. He still has his opinions but he's so very, very considerate of other people and a great host.
What I wanted to say with this was simply, you never know what your contacts over the internet might lead to. Sometimes you find somebody who later turns out to be more than just an e-mail buddy, he turns out to be a good firend who doesn't mind spending two full days with you showing you the best parts of his hometown (well, it's not really a town LA, is it?).