Virality and the Ricochet Meetup

 

I had a dream last night that I hosted a Ricochet Meetup at my house, and 400 people turned up. I didn’t have enough forks.

Then I woke up, with a slight cold … and my beloved brought me breakfast and informed me that I’d “gone viral.” A story I told on The Moth a while ago has been re-released as a video (didn’t know they’d filmed it!) and has had 1.4 million hits.

An image of the little girl I call Nina, who loved her cousin Andy, rose before my eyes. How odd it is that her story is now part of the lives of a million strangers. She (a third-grader by now) is waiting under the grey sky for the school bus.

There are so many people in the world, and yet it is so small. I’ll see some of you — probably not 400, though! — in Massachusetts this weekend!

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  1. Whistle Pig Member
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    Stad (View Comment):

    Kate Braestrup:I had a dream last night that I hosted a Ricochet Meet-Up at my house, and four hundred people turned up. I didn’t have enough forks.

    We’ll bring our own forks . . .

    I didn’t even get invited.

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  2. Whistle Pig Member
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    Kate Braestrup (View Comment):

    Phil Turmel (View Comment):
    Beautiful! My eyes were leaking after listening to that podcast episode, so I’ll wait a bit before watching the video. And I’m disappointed that I couldn’t rearrange my schedule for the Boston meetup. /-:

    Side note: As soon as I saw the headline, before reading further, my brain said “Kate misspelled virility…” (-:

    Hah! I intended that…

    I didn’t even notice the misspelling.  During the video I kept wondering when we were going to get to the virility part.  Great video – you are a very effective public speaker.  As others have said, thanks for sharing.

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  3. Kate Braestrup Member
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    drlorentz (View Comment):
    I am simply awed at the strength and resilience of my fellow humans, even a little kid like Nina.

    Me, too! It’s why I love my work.

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  4. PJS Coolidge
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    Name tags printed, meet-up stickers packed, camera battery charged.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone this evening.

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  5. AUMom Member
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    PJS (View Comment):
    Name tags printed, meet-up stickers packed, camera battery charged. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone this evening.

    Y’all have a wonderful time!

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  6. Boss Mongo Member
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    Kate Braestrup: I had a dream last night that I hosted a Ricochet Meetup at my house, and 400 people turned up. I didn’t have enough forks.

    ‘S alright.  I eat with my fingers.

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  7. Nanda Panjandrum Member
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    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Kate Braestrup: I had a dream last night that I hosted a Ricochet Meetup at my house, and 400 people turned up. I didn’t have enough forks.

    ‘S alright. I eat with my fingers.

    Spoon, often, for me…

     

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  8. Stad Coolidge
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    AUMom (View Comment):
    When I listened to Here If You Need Me (when it first came out), I was amazed.

    I bought the book – what a tough lady!  Kate was gracious enough to autograph it for me at our Mt. Pleasant mini-Meetup.  She is a very inspirational speaker too, and almost had me wanting to sign up for the Maine Warden Service (grumpy, out-of-shape geezers like me need not apply).

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  9. Kate Braestrup Member
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    Stad (View Comment):

    AUMom (View Comment):
    When I listened to Here If You Need Me (when it first came out), I was amazed.

    I bought the book – what a tough lady! Kate was gracious enough to autograph it for me at our Mt. Pleasant mini-Meetup. She is a very inspirational speaker too, and almost had me wanting to sign up for the Maine Warden Service (grumpy, out-of-shape geezers like me need not apply).

    Hey, Stad, they made a grumpy, out of shape geezer into their chaplain!

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  10. Nanda Panjandrum Member
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    Pics, Kate?

     

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