This is not the post I promised, but just an amusing anecdote.
So I'm waiting in line in a public restroom, at a local theatre, just before Eddie Izzard goes on stage. A woman joined the line and I immediately recognized her. I panicked a little, looked away, and decided I'd better say something or I'd regret it later. So we had a little exchange:
I said, "Are you Susan?"
She looked surprised and a bit hesitant, but said, "Yes."
So, to clarify, I asked, "Are you 'smalldogs*'?"
(Apparently, she almost peed in her pants at this point).
She affirmed and asked who I was.
She smiled and hugged me, yes, there in the ladies room, and we chatted about our dogs until it was our turn to enter the stalls.
*smalldogs is not only one of my longtime flickr contacts, but she is an amazing photographer who I'm inspired by often. She also seems really cool in person and has great taste in comedy.