Dear 100 Hour Board,
What's something that surprised you about each of the other Board writers when you finally figured out who they were and/or met them in person?
Zedability: I think I may have briefly met Zed in high school. We had quite a few mutual friends and I think someone introduced her to me. I had heard her name before and I remember thinking, "Oh, so this is [Zedability]." And that was it. The time we first met after writing for the Board was at an institute function in Calgary when she had just got off her mission. I went and sat by her and we introduced ourselves and that was kind of it... I didn't really know what to say and was probably super awkward. But I was excited to finally meet her in real life! She was nice, and there were no big surprises.
Tally M.: Initially Tally didn't like me and I could kind of tell (haha, I love you Tally!) so I wasn't sure what it would be like to meet in person. Then it ended up being awesome! I remember being surprised by how easy it was to be friends.
Anne, Certainly: I do remember being a little bit amused at first about how much she loves all things lemon flavored, but I don't really remember my first impression which makes me a little bit sad because now we are really good friends.
The Soulful Ginger: First met as I was walking to Stego Lily's house to build a tower of Oreos. I remember thinking she was pretty cool, and I was a little bit excited that she actually had red hair and that I finally got to see it in person.
Ardilla: I first met when I went to Mo's apartment to hang out with Tally and meet other board writers that I had never met. I was expecting Ardilla to be a bit odd and maybe hard to talk to but when I got there he gave me a hug and was so nice and wasn't as odd as I expected.
M.O.D.A.Q.: So I was dreading meeting Mo a little bit because I was his mentor and I did a terrible job and basically abandoned him. He was pretty much exactly what I expected though. He was funny. So funny that he made fun of me for being a bad mentor and then I felt fine. Also we all watched 100 Ways to Love a Cat and Doom and Gloom and it was hilarious.
TEN: I first met at a podcast. I remember thinking she was smart. And also short.
Frère Rubik: I thought he was kind of quiet. But I don't think that's true anymore. This was a bit of a false impression I think.
Haleakalā: I met him when we went with Concorde to put up flyers. I remember thinking he was really kind and friendly and just really genuine. And all of those things ended up being true.
Auto Surf: I don't remember our first meeting... maybe it was at a little games night at Tally's house? Sorry Auto, I don't remember. But I know now that she is the bomb.
Squirrel: I have only met Squirrel once I think. I was expecting her to be short for some reason and hyper but she was actually rather tall and not hyper at all.
Alta: I think Alta had just become a writer the one time I met her and I didn't really have any specific expectations. I remember thinking she was really nice though!
The Goose Girl: I was expecting her to have bright red hair but then she didn't!
Dear Sid, Sid, the Science Kid,
I've met (in no particular order) Anne, Certainly, Zedability, Tally, M.O.D.A.Q., Alta, The Lone Musketeer, April Ludgate, Spectre, Luciana, Sheebs, TEN, Ardilla, Frère Rubik, Auto Surf, El-ahrairah (I know he's retired but I'm still in denial), Soulful, Haleakala, and I think that's all.
I officially met most of my fellow writers at a Board meeting, and for some that remains my sole interaction with them. That being so, I'm not sure how accurate this impression is, but a lot of them were a lot more talkative and loud than I imagined them being. I'm not sure why I pictured everybody as being so reserved and quiet, but I did. Then again, I was a new, shy writer newly promoted from probie-ship, so that probably had a lot to do with it. I have had some other meaningful interactions with others, though.
El-ahrairah: I don't really have a first impression of him, but one of my favorite memories of him is when he drove all the way home from BYU on a short weekend just to come and watch me perform in my senior ballet recital. I couldn't really ask for a better brother.
Auto Surf: My first impression of Auto is that she is just super caring. Especially when I was a new writer she kept tabs on me and asked how I was doing. I really admire and look up to her, and have only started appreciating how much she does for the Board since becoming a writer myself.
Alta: I've always admired Alta's answers. They seem so well thought out and researched. I first met her when I stalked her in the library, and I don't think it was either of our finest moments, hers because she rightfully thought she was getting stalked, and mine because I was stalking someone I knew only from the internet. From that point on, though, we've had many a delightful conversation on the bus and I'm looking forward to many to come. She's very nice and seems like she's on top of things.
The Lone Musketeer: I attempted to stalk TLM, but we actually met before I could go through with it, so that was disappointing a relief. She seems really happy and bubbly and I want to get to know her more!
M.O.D.A.Q.: I've met Mo multiple times, although I don't think he remembers any of them. I think he's way funny and clever. But I knew that from his answers, so I guess that's not really surprising.
Tally: Tally was my mentor, and I first met her at the party of a mutual red-headed friend before I became a writer. I knew who she was, though, and I was super excited to meet her. I had to try pretty hard to keep my cool. What surprised me the most was how outgoing she was, although, knowing her more now, I think it's ridiculous that I was ever surprised by that.
Sheebs: I've only met Sheebs once, but I remember thinking that she was just so sweet and kind and a really good hostess. I want to be Sheebs when I grow up!
I've had a couple writers tell me that once they became writers and realized that all of the other writers were ordinary people they were slightly disappointed and disenchanted, but for what it's worth, my appreciation for these guys has only grown since I've started writing and I'm just as star-struck as ever. I consider myself lucky to have joined ranks with them; they're a pretty fantastic group!
-the Goose Girl
Dear Sid the Sloth,
As a disclaimer, I met a lot of writers right after getting accepted to the Board for the meeting where we discussed the Board census. So technically I've met lots of them, but I haven't necessarily interacted a ton with them. And more than anything these are just my first impressions.
Sheebs: I was shocked that her hair was so long and blonde, because for some reason I was expecting it to be short and brown. Also she was really nice.
Anne, Certainly: We haven't talked a ton, but in real life she's super snarky, which I NEVER would have expected from reading her answers.
the Goose Girl: We became probies at the same time, and my first Board impression of her was that she came across as so cute and friendly and perky in all her answers, and I was jealous that I couldn't seem so cool. The first time I met her in real life was when I was writing an answer in the library and she came up behind me and said, "Are you Alta?" I thought she was some random stalker at first, and then she introduced herself and everything made a lot more sense. I still think she's cute and friendly and perky, so I guess that impression didn't change.
Luciana: I first saw Luciana when we both were doing homework in the JSB. I vaguely recognized her from stalking her on Facebook, but she didn't know who I was, and I didn't introduce myself for weeks. I was surprised that the first time I saw her she really was wearing a Mickey Mouse shirt. She's not making up her Disney obsession, guys.
Auto Surf: She is SO FRIENDLY. Also hilarious. When I got accepted as a writer she emailed me to set up a lunch date so we could get to know each other, and I was really grateful that someone made me feel welcome.
Frere Rubik: He's the first Board writer I ever met, so mostly I was just surprised that he was a real person. The second surprise was that his voice is so deep.
Tally M: She is so down to earth, but also really welcoming and nice. Also, as Frere Rubik pointed out, it's funny that I said she's down to earth, because in reality she really is quite close to the ground.
Spectre: Turns out he's really good friends with someone I know. The one and only time I met him was when I ran into him on campus with our mutual friend, and I was just really surprised that they knew each other.
Ardilla Feroz: Wait, [real name] is Ardilla?!?
Zedability: I was completely shocked that she didn't have dark brown hair. Apparently I just expect everyone to be a brunette, but her real life face went completely against the mental image I had of her. Also when I met her for the first time was when she told most of the writers she was pregnant, so that was another surprise.
The Lone Musketeer: I met her before she applied to the Board because we had a class together. My very first impression of her was when I was trying to say something, but she was excitedly talking with someone else and it was sidetracking my whole comment, and I was trying to figure out how to get people's attention back on me, haha. But turns out she's way cool and funny, and also really smart.
TEN: Her hair is wicked cool.
The Soulful Ginger: We were wearing the same boots the first time we met, so I obviously thought she had great style. She also seemed like a very balanced person, and super compassionate and kind.
Adelaide: She was my probie, and I think I was expecting her to be sort of awkward the first time she met me, like I was when I met my mentor. But instead she was super outgoing and friendly, and we talked about skiing and ceramics, and I was in awe of her ability to plan the most fun class schedule ever.
M.O.D.A.Q.: He has a hilariously sassy sense of humor, and is very vocal about his opinions.
April Ludgate: She's not actually Aubrey Plaza. This comes as a shock to everyone, I know.
I think that's everyone I've met! We have a pretty cool group of writers right now, and I hope to be able to get to know them better!
I was surprised to find out that Auto Surf wasn't a shy, quiet person. She's actually super spiritual, very enthusiastic about everything she does and very determined.
When I met The Soulful Ginger I was expecting someone very serious and somewhat stoic who would constantly ask me about politics. Instead, our first meeting was the Hamilton Boardcast and we got to jam to Hamilton together which was awesome.
My impression of Tally before we met was that she was super nerdy and super nice. Turns out, she is pretty nerdy but not obsessed with nerdy stuff and she really is super nice.
Haleakala introduced me to the Board so my impression of him after I read the Board was pretty much the same.
I met Adelaide at the Hamilton Boardcast, too, and I got a great first impression of everyone there because we also did a lip sync battle after the Boardcast.
I was surprised at how short TEN was but my idea of her being super smart and awesome was confirmed once I saw her book shelves full of awesome books and cool board games and tons of musical instruments.
I talked about my first experience with Frere in Board Question #86205 which was funny. It was like, adding to the mystery of Mssr. Rubik.
My first and only impression of Alta was awesome when I met her on campus. I thought, she is funny and very excitable. I feel like she would throw good birthday parties.
I met El, Mo, The Lone Musketeer, and Goose Girl at the live Boardcast but that was the only time I've really interacted with them (except for Social Dance 180 with Goose Girl but I didn't read the Board at the time).