I've put in my bios on different sites that I'm a Social Media Socialite. So I get asked what is that? To me it means that I go and do very interesting stuff thanks to Social Media. For example last Saturday this is what I did:
I received an e-mail from Matt Brown (@mattsurfs) he's one of the organizers for the @SDBloggers Meetup group I belong to. The e-mail was to gather up help from the network in order to help Dave Cynkin, founder of Blogworld (@dave_blogworld)who is competing in Ford's Ecoboost challenge, there were several things he had to do to win the event and if he did, San Diego (yeah! San Diego) would get a free tank of gas. One thing we were asked to do is to vote for him in Facebook and the other was to volunteer time to help build a community garden at Bayside Community Center in Linda Vista. So I had no idea who these people were (other than Matt) but I decided to go and help. That was on Saturday morning, I shoveled for about two hours and my hands and shoulder blades ached for days and days. Went there not knowing people and now I have new friends and I've been invited to go on Mondays when they teach about growing your own food, great people and community. Here are some pics from that morning.
|Had a bad feeling there would be shoveling to do|
|Getting our instructions and making the teams|
|Shovels, picks, rakes waiting for us|
|Dave Cynkin, founder of Blogworld, competitor in Ford's Ecoboost Challenge|
|This is for a good cause! This is for a good cause!|
|Had lots of fun with my digging mates, made new friends|
I left my new friends to get a much needed shower and be on my way to The San Diego Soul Food Festival where I would eat all the calories I burned shoveling and then some! In this case I didn't find out about the event by Social Media, I saw a flyer at Lestat's. BUT I went to the event with a friend I met through the San Diego Beer Club Meetup group. And of course I did get more info online, the event was to benefit Meals on Wheels and was organized by AListProductions. The ticket included all you can eat (ribs, fried chicken, pulled pork, wings, greens, cornbread, and more) plus 4 drink tickets for beer or cocktails and all the water and soda you can drink. The music was great but they ran out of food and there's wasn't enough shade but I was so happy with the 4 Heineken I had that it didn't matter to me.
By then I was tired and went home to take a nap and later on get ready for a Meetup at a British Pub called Elephant and Castle in order to see the Doctor Who Series Return Viewing Party...that's right thanks to my friend Darlene (@darleneeats) I saw she belonged to a Meetup group called Madman With a Box, so I immediately signed up and I was there with 30 other Whovians watching an Amazing TV Show, I even got to wear a fez (it belongs to Darlene's husband, he loves it!)
I was supposed to go to a club after that event, but my friend flaked so instead the night ended with other friends talking and having coffee until 3:30 AM. So Thank You Meetup, Blogger, Twitter and Facebook for giving such a great time!