As I sat grumbling and fuming that it had taken me an hour to reach the Roosevelt Bridge Wednesday evening on my commute home from DC only to be greeted by yet another mysterious traffic backup, a funny thing happened. I called home to say I’d be late for dinner (no worries, traffic wasn’t moving) and then began looking around to see where a robotic voice was coming from. I spotted it in a Smart car next to me – and immediately recognized the driver as Colleen, one of the ‘parents’ of the infamous rally monkey, “Curly Washington”. We had a little happy NatsTown reunion on an on-ramp after she hung up from calling home as well. After swapping photos of each other stuck in traffic on Facebook, the whole thing got me thinking about interaction among fans beyond cheering for the hometown team as the season races to another semi-depressing close.
There are a lot of recurring characters in NatsTown and I’m thrilled to know and consider myself friends with many of them. Some are other bloggers, both established from the beginning and joining the Natosphere later down the road. More and more these days those friends are regular die-hard team-supporting fans, and I suppose that’s due in large part to Twitter and Facebook. I’ve spent a lot of time over the last year meeting fans face to face, which has been a pleasure. “Been a pleasure” sounds like a cliched phrase and doesn’t quite sum up how much NatsTown feels like a family that expands each year, with each member possessing their own unique quirks and shticks.
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