Can you remember when you first met TP?

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Can you remember when you first met TP?

Postby Chris » Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:55 am

In my case it's engraved in my memory and not in a good way :lol:

A few years ago, just after Monstrous Regiment was published there was a fan meeting arranged by the now defunct figure manufacturers.

I had not been to an event like this before but I had been camping so I packed my gear up and off I went with a couple of friends. Well camp sits don't always have the best latrine facilities and on the first morning I went off to find the nearest loo. Well for the ladies cubicles are the rule, however for men there is the stand up option. Now when they designed this particular facility they were having a laugh. There was so little distance between the two urinals that not even a pair of anorexics could have used them without bumping shoulders. So when I arrived I let the guy in front finish before I took my turn. As I was disposing of the overnight effort of my liver and kidneys (a not insubstantial amount) I became aware of somebody behind me, wearing a hat and in possession of a beard. Yes, it was the man himself!

And there was I thinking ahead to having some witty banter with him later on and impressing him with my knowledge of his work and there I stood with my **** in my hand!

Oh the humiliation. I finished and departed commenting that I would never live down the fact that the first time I had met TP I would have had my **** in my hand. He laughed, but he was not amused. :(

So how did you meet TP and was it all you were expecting it to be?
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Postby poohcarrot » Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:58 am

I met him last year at the DW Con.
I went up to him, shook his hand and said, "It's a pleasure to meet you sir." :D
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Postby Bouncy Castle » Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:58 am

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Great story.

Sadly, I've never met the great man.
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Postby poohcarrot » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:00 am

Bouncy Castle wrote::lol: :lol: :lol:

Great story.

Sadly, I've never met the great man.

I think Chris' story was better than mine Boucy! :wink:
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Postby Bouncy Castle » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:01 am

:roll: :roll: :roll:
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Postby Chris » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:01 am

poohcarrot wrote:I met him last year at the DW Con.
I went up to him, shook his hand and said, "It's a pleasure to meet you sir." :D

Ok, so what did he say? Did he reply? You can't leave us all hanging like that lol
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Postby poohcarrot » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:03 am

I don't remember, I was too excited. :D
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Postby Chris » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:03 am

Bouncy Castle wrote::lol: :lol: :lol:

Great story.

Sadly, I've never met the great man.

I saw him a couple times more that weekend. And won a prize in the fancy dress competition (don't ask!).
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Postby KarenM » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:05 am

The first time I met him was in 1992 at a book signing for Lords and Ladies.

I was still at school at that time and the nearest book signing was in Truro which was quite a way for me to go on my own, my mum agreed that me and my best friend could get the train up and go to the signing.

I don't really remember much about the signing itself just the excitement at us being allowed to go to such a grown up thing on our own :)

The next time I met him was at my first con in 2002, I have no memory of that at all now, just that logically it must have happened.

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Postby Chris » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:07 am

poohcarrot wrote:I don't remember, I was too excited. :D

I understand. You work out all these erudite and interesting things to say and when you get there it all just washes out of your head. And for me that's odd as I have regularly presented to audiences in excess of 100 people, I don't suffer from stage fright or being tongue-tied as a rule!
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Postby The Mad Collector » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:53 am

I first met him at one the first of Bernard's weekends in Wincanton back in the tail end of the 1990's. We talked about whichever book he had out at the time and what he thought about the buildings that Bernard was then creating. The gatherings were quite small then, probably only about 50 people, so you had more of a chance to talk. I've met him several times since then at various events. Like Chris I have also met him in the gents and his opening line on that occasion was that he wouldn't be shaking hands at this precise moment :)

Pooh should actually have completed his story as "I went up to him, shook his hand and said, "It's a pleasure to meet you sir." and then handed him a pack of dried squid :)
One of those? Oh I'm sure I have one somewhere..

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Postby Penfold » Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:07 pm

I'm wondering whether a packet of dried squid is about the oddest present He's ever been given? :lol:
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Re: Can you remember when you first met TP?

Postby Tonyblack » Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:08 pm

Chris wrote:In my case it's engraved in my memory and not in a good way :lol:

A few years ago, just after Monstrous Regiment was published there was a fan meeting arranged by the now defunct figure manufacturers.

I was at that event, Chris! :D

I actually saw him several years before on a cross channel ferry, but bottled out of talking to him. The first time I actually met him though was at the Hay Literary Festival on-stage interview they did at the Critereon Theatre in London in Dec 04.

I also had a urinal moment with the great man - but I didn't talk to him. That would have been too weird. :lol:
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Re: Can you remember when you first met TP?

Postby Chris » Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:16 pm

Tonyblack wrote:
Chris wrote:In my case it's engraved in my memory and not in a good way :lol:

A few years ago, just after Monstrous Regiment was published there was a fan meeting arranged by the now defunct figure manufacturers.

I was at that event, Chris! :D

I actually saw him several years before on a cross channel ferry, but bottled out of talking to him. The first time I actually met him though was at the Hay Literary Festival on-stage interview they did at the Critereon Theatre in London in Dec 04.

I also had a urinal moment with the great man - but I didn't talk to him. That would have been too weird. :lol:

Do you remember the deaf chap who came dressed as Rincewind who got dragged up on stage because of hie excellent costume? And the Troll was brilliant!
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Postby Tonyblack » Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:25 pm

I do indeed! :D

I've got a photo somewhere of the troll. :)

I heard a story about one event where so many people turned up dressed as Rincewind that Terry made them have a race to see who was the real one. :lol:
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