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'
'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?'
'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?
And by Danny Wallace:
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.