zuul arrived yesterday at four. we had a couple of beers, and went to eat at my favorite vietnamese restaurant. i have thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with him so far. we emailed goofy last night and met him at a bar in tempe. fun time had by all. its funny how people you meet online are surprising in real life. the online persona is obscured at first by the novelty of hearing their voice, but gradually you put the two together into a composite picture. none of us talk the way we write. i think our writing style is strongly influenced by the things we read. (bush would write like this: "see dick run. run dick run.") but the person behind the writing is the same. marc (zuul) and i are going hiking today, probably to the superstitions. i got a pic of the three of us last night, i'll try to get more today.