It really is a small world thanks to the Inter-Tubes. I once had a job which involved reviewing lots and lots and lots of reporting on political topics of the day. During this job I came to know of the reporting done by Heba Aly for Bloomberg and the Christian Science Monitor on the situation in Darfur.
Fast forward a few years and I'm in Tirana trying to stay up with the growing numbers of foreign travellers who visit this country. Google Blogs gives a hit on a pair of cyclists who are in Dubrovnik trying to assess the possibility of biking through Albania on their way from Portugal to Jordan. Yeah, I know. Long ride.
Anyway, I drop a comment on their blog and encourage them to come on down. A few days later, I'm sitting in a restaurant chatting with Heba Aly and Richard as they enjoy the experience of coming to Albania. Well, I think they were enjoying it. You'll have to keep up with their blogging to see how they feel. I hope to hear good things from them as they experience the ride over Qafe Llogara in December.
The title of this post? It comes from a former co-worker who once enlightened me on the facts of meeting celebrities in LA. He divided referred to a fleeting contact with a famous person as "a brush." As in "a brush with fame." There are two kinds: direct brushes where you meet a celebrity, and the indirect brush where you meet someone associated with a famous person. Like meeting Cher's stylist or Tiger Woods' marriage counselor.... What? Too soon?
Anyway, I had a direct brush with Heba Aly. I hope she invites me to her Pulitzer Prize ceremony. If she survives Llogara!
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