Not quite what I was expecting.

Well, actually that’s not true; I knew she would be beautiful (I’ve seen her photo), I knew she would be fit (she skis, plays competitive tennis… and dances, as we all know), I knew she would be interesting (I’ve read her stories and know she is writing a novel), and I knew she was tough (she’s a survivor). So I was surprised she was so tiny… well petite or svelte might sound better.

I flew into Denver with my daughter Krista so she could visit with her best friend, an actor who was starring in the musical Animal Crackers at the Denver Center Theater Company.



An accomplished actor and veteran song & dance man, Michael Fitzpatrick was playing multiple roles, as were the rest of the cast of this madcap zany musical, which first appeared on Broadway in 1928 starring the Marx Brothers. I knew of it as a movie and had no idea it had first been a play. While Krista and Michael relived their theatrical experiences and gossiped, I had other ideas.

michael as hives

As Hines the Butler

michael as cowboy

As Carlton with Groucho

I was on a quest to meet a special writer. She was the first to click like and comment on my initial foray into fiction writing on TedBook… in fact, it was more than that, it was the first time I had linked my blog to a group, and would be having strangers read my words (I think everyone will know the importance of that gesture… for someone scared to near-death for what they had just posted). I immediately read her blogs about kissing the Blarney Stone and seeing some frozen dead guy at a festival in Colorado. I liked her writing and instantly became a follower. I knew she lived near Boulder, which wasn’t far from Denver, so I wrote and invited her to lunch.

A short drive, on a beautiful sunny day in the Rockies, found me in my second Colorado city searching for her favorite restaurant. I found The Mediterranean, secured a table in the garden and awaited the arrival of The Wild Child.


The Wild Child

I was not disappointed.

For my friends not acquainted with Susie, she writes Susie Lindau’s Wild Ride. We had become fellow bloggers and more importantly friends.  Every month she throws a party… drop by, say hello, and post a story you would like others to see… a great way to meet new writers.

Susie Lindeau 1

I had only met in person two blogging friends, Debra Kristi who introduced me to Thor Worship, and Douglas MacIlroy who took me to the top of Mona Loa to tour the Keck Observatory. So the chance to meet someone else I admired, enjoyed reading and sharing with, could not be passed up.

After a delightful luncheon getting to know each other and discussing family, blogging, writing and writer’s workshops, she took me on a tour of the historic Pearl District, pointing out some of her favorite places.

My Tour Guide

My Tour Guide

I saw a fabulous bookstore, where I’m sure the book she is writing will be on display in the front window someday. That will be a book signing for which I will return to Boulder, and hopefully also get to meet Roxy the Dog, Soul-mate Danny, Snowboarder Extraordinaire Courtney and Hit DJ K Smash… subjects of many of her stories, willing or otherwise.


The Pearl District of Boulder

Susie returned to her home to do some writing and play in a tennis tournament that night… I returned to Denver to see a wild and crazy Broadway Musical, where Mr Fitzpatrick was at the top of his game, no doubt knowing his friend Krista was in the audience, and we laughed ourselves silly.

Animal Crackers

ANIMAL CRACKERS Photo by John Moore

I had a fabulous time in Boulder and Denver, Colorado.

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Since this post is about blogging and writing… I thought I would share it with some fellow writers at The Moonshine Still…

57 responses

  1. I’m glad you had a good time,Ted.

    1. I did Ranu… when are we getting you an avatar?

      1. I don’t know Ted.

      2. Everyone should see your smiling face, or whatever you want to show. You do know how to do it right?

  2. Sounds like a wonderful time Ted! You and Susie always, always, always inspire me in some way, so to see the dynamic duo together is a dream. No doubt the show was spectacular too!

    1. It was a lot of fun. She’s just like her blog!

  3. How cool that you got to meet a blogging friend in person. I’m planning a giant road trip with my partner next Spring, and I want to do the same thing. Karen

    1. Bring that road trip to the San Juan Islands.

      1. Definitely. I love the San Juan Islands!

      2. Then you know how beautiful it is here… I’ll make it worth your while… in fact, both of my daughters are into boxing… I’ll set you up.

  4. I love Denver. Fond memories of staying in a friend’s cabin in the area and sucking in all that mountain air.

    1. Interesting place… I loved downtown Denver and the area of Boulder Susie and I met was cool.

  5. I’ve never met a fellow blogger in person. Something to add to my bucket list. One of the book series I like to read takes place in Colorado and it really does sound like a lovely place.

    1. It’s fun to do, Vanessa. Go to Colorado and meet Susie. What’s the book series?

  6. Glad you had a good time and meeting a fellow writer just put the frosting on the cake!

    1. It was a real Twofer, as they say. The play was so much fun, and it’s always a blast to see someone you know on stage. Some day I hope to meet the blogger at ‘Irwin’s Place’.

  7. AWWW!!! Ted! This is such a beautiful post. Thank you so much!
    I will reblog it next week when I’m in Cali with Courtney.
    It was such a pleasure meeting you! I felt like I had lunch with an old friend. When I met you through the Friday Fictioneers, I had just started writing. What always fascinates me is how we make real friends through blogging. I am so grateful that you are one of them!
    Next time, you’ll have to meet the whole family. 🙂
    By the way, it’s a good thing you came to Boulder when you did. We’re getting 10 inches of snow today!!!

    1. It was a very special honor to meet such a revered writer in person… guess what I’m posting at your next party???

  8. Ted — FUN post. Nothing like taking the e-life into real life.

    1. Thanks… you should come to Susie’s next party.

  9. She looks so darn cute!

    1. She is… you definitely have to come to her next party, Shelly. One of your posts would be the life of the party! Click on the ‘party’ link in the story.

  10. Susie is a riot! So fun you two got to meet up. I’m going to miss her on her trip out this time around. Bummer.

    1. Yes. Good luck on your trip to Cajun Country, researching for your new book. Your kids are probably having a blast with The Warden gone!

  11. Reblogged this on Susie Lindau's Wild Ride and commented:
    I had the pleasure of meeting blogger friend, Ted Strutz in Boulder last week! He traveled to Colorado with his daughter, Krista. Click over to his place to check out his photo essay!

    1. It was such fun, wasn’t it. And I was serious about coming back some day.

      1. Thanks again! It was a lot of fun. You’ll have to come back again sometime!

  12. Susie sent me over – what a wonderful opportunity! Connecting online is a great thing, but when you can actually meet someone who’s supported you, well how rewarding is that?? Looked like a fun day!

    1. It was a fantastic day… one of those days where everything just goes so right. I’ll see you at Susie’s next party!

  13. How wonderful, Ted! You can check that off your bucket list! Meeting The Wild Child is on everyone’s bucket list – as you know. 🙂 And may I add, you are quite the handsome gentleman.

    1. It’s up there near the top, that’s for sure, and now crossed off. Thank you for your kind words, I guess I was probably glowing a bit extra special in such company. Who knows, maybe we will meet someday… I’m sure at Susie’s book signing. What you did for her last year organizing that special day was fabulous.

  14. I’ve met a few bloggers and tweeters in person, and it’s always a delight. I’d say you are fortunate to know each other.

    1. I think so too, Chaz. And, it is a lot of fun to meet an online friend in person and make them a real friend in that sense.

  15. Susie’s definitely the wild child of CO! Enjoyed touring your blog – interesting stuff yet to explore.
    Glad you had the expert to show you around.
    You realize that some of that Co wild sticks even after you leave…not a bad thing!

    1. I have a feeling she shakes things up wherever she goes. Sounds like I need to add you to the list next time I’m in Co.

      1. Cool! Allow travel time – We have family and friends there, but anchored near the gulf coast currently.
        (Susie is a party all by herself. Wonderful person)

      2. I see now you are near Galveston… I sure wish I hadn’t missed the Pageant of Pulchritude. Loved that post. Yes, could you imagine living with her? You would get no rest, but the smothering love would make up for it.

  16. So cool cool that both of you get to meet!

    1. It was Eric… you are one I’d like to meet… maybe someday, and be sure to bring the girl you take pictures with to lunch with you.

      1. Sounds like a winner. I’d like that. I’ll bring Shey along for sure.

  17. Great post, Ted! We all love Susie!

  18. I confess I’m a little jealous you got to meet Susie in person. May I say it is nice to “meet” you as well.

    1. Thank you, Silk! It was a lot of fun.

  19. Haha! Susie’s sure to liven up your day!

  20. I too read her blog! She is inspirational and I envision her as a little package of energy. Loved seeing the photo of Boulder’s Pearl District. I wish I could find copies of my photos of that area in the early 70’s….quite different!

  21. Ted – meeting Susie must have been the bomb. I’ve been following her for a couple of years dating back to a Father’s Day post. I came over from Susie’s fabulous party today. She throws the best parties.. have a great week.

  22. I have not ever met anyone that I first “met” from blogging. It does seem like a great idea. It is good to remember that real people exist behind the screen. Oh, and Susie sent me!

    1. You simply must travel to Boulder then.

      1. I will put that on my definite maybe list then!

  23. How cool! I, too, hope to meet Susie one day. She’s a fabulous lady. 🙂

    1. She’s “The Bomb” as they say, Kit!

  24. That is a great tip particularly to those new to the blogosphere.
    Short but very accurate info… Thanks for sharing this one.
    A must read article!

    1. Hey thanks, Selena. Be sure to visit Suzie’s blog. And if you like writing stories… check out Friday Fictioneers.

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