I first read Keith’s blog over 5 years ago. I believe I saw a funny picture that somebody had on their blog, and it pointed back to bagofnothing.com. BON is a great link-blog, and it’s beginning to be filled more and more with the life of it’s author. I recommend anybody wanting to waste hours of their day to see all the Internet goodness that Keith has gathered for his readers at www.bagofnothing.com. Over the years I’ve learned that he hates windchimes, that most Baylor graduates annoy him, and he’s frustrated by people that don’t return their carts at Wal-Mart. He’s a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys and was even raised not too far from the heart of West Texas.
But I’ve also met Keith. For months and months we would exchange emails about various things happening in and around our lives. Once I emailed him and asked if he would give me a run-down of all the U2 songs that a newbie to U2 like myself should listen too. See, if you’ve read BON you would know that Keith rarely listens to other music and is the quintessential U2 snob. (That’s not an insult!) As I awaited his return email with a list of songs I should buy on iTunes, I instead received a package in the mail. This Internet stranger had sent me a mix-tape of his favorite U2 songs, along with the reasons for him including each song on the mix-tape. Seriously, he did this!
I’ve read and exchanged emails while he nursed his sick mother, who would eventually pass away. I’ve followed along from a distance as he visited her native land in Vietnam along with his wife. And recently I’ve watched him learn to be a father for the first time! Keith is a seeker of truth, and I love his spirit and perseverance to find answers to his questions on spirituality. We would all benefit from his curiosity.
So when have we actually met? A few months after he sent me the U2 mix-tape, I had an extra ticket to a Dallas Stars game; so I invited him and we got to hang out for the evening. I think we may have had lunch before I left the Dallas area and headed to Lubbock, I think we did; but I’m not sure. But last September on a Sunday afternoon I got a call from Keith. He had purchased two tickets to the U2 show in Arlington for a Monday night, and through a series of unfortunate events (and more close friends being unable to attend) he asked if I was interested. So in a matter of 24 hours I was back in Dallas, camping out in his spare bedroom and standing right next to the stage for the U2 concert at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. What a thrill! I count this as one of the more spiritual experiences of my life!
Keith is a long-distance friend, and is one of the many reasons that I love the Internet. If you’ve not taken the time to shoot of an email to that blog author that you read, then do it. It’s always worth is to make a new friend, even if it’s an Internet friend!