Thursday, August 24, 2006

Are you Dave Gorman?

'Er excuse me are you Dave Gorman?'

'Yes I am and I really need a piss'

'Oh sorry, I saw you when I came in here tonight and thought it was you, but it's only now I'm pissed enough, I thought I'd say hello'


'It's a bit weird, because I finished reading your book last week'

'Which one?'

'Googlewhack Adventure. And what's weirder, is I walked in here tonight reading Danny's book 'Join Me', looked up and you were sitting straight in front of me'

'Haha, yes that is a bit weird'

'Mind you, considering you guys kind of thrive on coincidence, I suppose it's becoming increasingly normal'

'Yes, I suppose it probably is'

'Anyway, I just thought I'd say, you've kind of changed my life, a little bit'

'Ah now... I take no responsibility for anybody else's actions, whatever you want to do is completly down to you. I don't want you to think that anything I've written is in any way meant to influence your actions'

'No, no, no, no. God no, that's not what I'm saying at all. I fully understand that's the last thing you'd want anyone to do. In fact I was reading your website yesterday bizarrely and I know exactly where you stand on that. No, what I meant was you've given me a miles more positive outlook on life, a much lighter view of life'

'Oh cool, I'm really touched. What's your name?'

'I'm Crispin'

'Thank you Crispin, good to meet you. Sorry I really need a piss.'

'Oh yeah sorry, good to meet you'

I'm a bit hung over this morning, but stoked that I actually did talk to the man. I hope he was touched. He did actually take the time to speak to me I suppose and after scaring him rigid, I think he genuinely meant it. Mind you I got the impression by his reaction that a few people may have gone up to him and said similar things.

He and Danny Wallace have become a bit legendary in my house in the last month, simply because the two of them are the most 'can do' people in the world. Now, there are lots of 'can do' people around and the ones that get deified are the Richard Bransons of this world, but anyone can start a business and make a bunch of money. These two (former flatmates) just get a mad idea in their head and pursue it to the ends of the earth for no reward whatsoever (well at the time it was for no reward - I would imagine actually their singlemindedness has probably become relatively lucrative now), other than their own - slightly mentally obsessive - satisfaction .

Anyway if you're interested, I would recommend the following:

By Dave Gorman:

Are you Dave Gorman?
Googlewhack Adventure

And by Danny Wallace:

Yes Man
Join me

All four books will have you crying with laughter and leave you with a very warm feeling about humanity.

Oh and while you're about, if you want to join Danny Wallace, as I'm now definitely going to do, all you need to do is send him a passport photo (see above link) and start performing one random act of kindness for a complete stranger each and every Friday.


Paul said...

Hi Six,

I read both these books a few years ago on holiday and I preferred Danny Wallace.

I have a similar "are you ...." story involving a member of the original Star Trek cast but that'll keep for another day.

Span Ows said...

Oh dear, I've never heard of Danny Wallace and David Gorman only 'sounds' familiar.

Star Trek...from futurama (or family guy???)

Kirk: "OK, Bones, Spock, Scotty and ensign Emith you're the four in the landing party.

Ensign smith: "Oh crap!"


Span Ows said...

P.S. Six you now have about 20 questions arising from your 'comp' post on the MB.

Curmy said...

Six, the leading article in the Telegraph magazine today was all about the difficulty of finding good primary and secondary school education. Well worth a read if you can get hold of a copy.

vodka-and-coke said...

Oooh I like that "join me" thing.

A few years ago Six, when you lived in Balham, I was walking up the road where you lived with your good wife and we were having a conversation about altruism. Nic thought there was no such thing as altruism and that the altruist (is that the right word?) always had an ulterior motive. I disagreed with her (as was fitting in context of often turbulent friendship :) )

I have often thought back to that conversation, so it's interesting that your blog should direct me to Danny Wallace.

Perhaps she just chose the wrong words..."secondary gain" yes, but not ulterior motive.

I will join that join me when I have a minute. I wonder if it's just a London thing? I may well still get odd looks here in "the regions". Nothing new there then.

Lucy said...

I had not heard of these guys before, it all seems a good thing. Just had a look at the web site and forum via link. Humanism maybe?
Nic and I are of similar thoughts on altruism, although I would qualify that by saying it is maybe subconcious and that the ulterior motive may be a good thing too.