One of the greatest privileges of my life has been being on the staff at The Firing Line. I have met so many amazingly cool people thanks to that connection: Matt, John, Byron, Art, Al, Rich, JPG, Oleg, Denny, Scott, Gunny, and... and... jeez, I'm probably leaving out a half-dozen more by just riffing this off the top of my head. Every last one was as cool in Real Life™ as I expected from knowing them via their 'net personae. I can't tell you how many times I've wondered what magic fluke allowed l'il ol' me to be included in that crowd.
There're a few that, due to various reasons of distance and/or scheduling, are still just words on a screen or voices on a phone to me.
Thanks to the magic of the Golden Ticket, that number will be reduced by one come August. I am so totally stoked!