Posted by harvestmouse on 2014-03-29 09:00:54
We have one thing in common, we like the same fantasy games. If we broached every controversial subject, we'd soon find out we didn't have that much in common. Particularly if we dissected each others cultures.
Personally, I'd like to see controversial/political subjects not allowed on the site; they're irrelevant. Failing that, vote 6 for throweck talking about boobies, and 1 to cross pond mud slinging.
Posted by cowhead on 2014-03-29 10:14:53
Claudia Schiffer went down on me once. I didn't know it was her at 1st then I realised and said "Wow, you're Claudia Schiffer" and she gave me look that said "Big Mistake Mister" and she bit my Purple-Helmeted Warrior clean off.
No wait that was a nightmare I had. The day after I had it I had to keep checking to make sure it was still there.
I met her years later, lets just say I didn't let her get too close to me. She had the same look in her eyes as if she remembered what happened.
Posted by Rabe on 2014-03-29 10:33:49
Haha, great story, cowhead! Made me laugh (well, or at least grin). :-D
@Throweck: I'd immediately believe that your father is a hairdresser. Also that you still feel the need to oppose him in some way... ;-D Great blog!
I don't think I ever met someone famous. Some politician maybe. And I hardly know who I know through 1 degree... No, that's incorrect. I have no idea who my relatives, friends etc. know. :-D I only know that I know Bruce Willis through 2 degrees (you and your father). Seriously!
Posted by ahalfling on 2014-03-29 10:40:58
I work on the TV show "Community," so I've met Chevy Chase and John Goodman (among other people) through that. I once did a comedy show where Stan Lee was a guest. I had a brief interview with Saul Bellow, the novelist, when I applied for a class he was teaching at my college. (I didn't get in.) I was on the national champion trivia team in high school, and was acknowledged by the Governor of Florida (who was the son/brother of both Presidents Bush, to boot) so odds are I'm within six degrees of having met pretty much everyone in US politics.
Now, if you're extending "know" from "have shaken hands with" to "have had more than one substantial conversation with"... I mean, I'd consider Ken Jeong a fairly close acquaintance. And he knows a lot of people, so you can probably extend out from there. One of my friends spent a year or two as the personal assistant to Dave Foley from the Kids in the Hall. I feel like I could definitely get to most US comedians or actors in six steps.
Posted by Anzelak on 2014-03-29 12:23:00
Right after talking to the Naked Cowboy in Times Square I stumbled across the London Mayor Boris Johnson and his heavies. He looked like he was lost so I asked him a) if he knew where he was and b) if he was just looking for his famous bike. I chatted with him for a few minutes before we went our separate ways. He was hilarious.
My mate Nick, who'd been trying to get a Spanish girl's phone number, came up at that point. Ever the political know-all, he had this to say: 'Who was that weird looking bloke in the suit you were talking to? He looked like a paedophile."
Posted by Wreckage on 2014-03-29 16:39:40
"Personally, I'd like to see controversial/political subjects not allowed on the site; they're irrelevant" - harvestmouse
If irrelevance is an argument to shut something down, gaming sites shouldn't exist.
Posted by harvestmouse on 2014-03-29 16:50:48
Gaming sites are relevant to gaming. If you want to discuss politics, I'm sure there's plenty of places to do that. Why ruin an online friendship because you find out your views on serious matters are total opposites?
Posted by pythrr on 2014-03-29 17:12:23
Had dinner with Terry Jones of Monty Python fame once. Not just him and me, you understand, because that would have be weird; rather a group of 10 after a talk that he game. He was nice, but surprisingly anxious about his performance - very much the needy actor-type. He did have a very attractive swedish girlfriend with him tho, who was 40 years younger than him. Shocking stuff!
Posted by Wreckage on 2014-03-29 18:39:43
"Gaming sites are relevant to gaming."
If something is irrelevant it shouldn't exist. The internet is about information exchange. Gaming sites are not relevant for information exchange. Gaming sites shouldn't exist.
Another perspective on relevance: If a point is made and being discussed, it is relevant, otherwise it wouldn't be argued about.
Another perspective: Gaming sites are about enjoying oneself. Being able to relax and to talk your mind, the liberty of freedom of speech is central to ever enjoy anything in life. If you can't confidently state an opinion, you are living in a cell.
Another perspective: Not discussing controversial topics causes tension and passive aggression because political views constantly shine through. If people focus on discussing their views they can move on. If they can't, they build fractions and focus on non-controversial unargumentative diffamation of the other group.
Another perspective: Everywhere exist differences in opinion. Even on a gaming site on critical gaming issues. Being able to accept that without hating each other is critical for any social interaction and the ability to integrate in a democratic society. Not being able to do that is an issue that needs more of adressing.
Another perspective: If your best gaming buddy has some outragous opinions about slave trade being cool and torturing children, maybe you shouldn't be such good friends with him..
Posted by Wreckage on 2014-03-29 19:00:42
Point in fact:
PainState is some texan republican - the worst kind of republican. And usually I'd think he is just some nutjob. But since he occasionally explains what he is thinking, I think he is actually a pretty good guy who has a lot of concern for what is happening around him and in his party and it helps me to appreciate him more beyond some stupid stereotyping we are all subject to
PS: I don't know any famous people and if I see some I turn around and walk in the other direction. And otherwise I'm only related to some federal judges and expresidents and I don't care about either.
Posted by pythrr on 2014-03-29 19:05:47
err, how did this get serious? Wreckage, you are hijacking the OP's non serious blog. For shame!
Posted by keggiemckill on 2014-03-29 19:45:10
My sister was Miss Hawaiian Tropics. She and my mother had Pictures with Robin Leach.
My Father is a professional Harmonica player. He had recorded with many bands in his day. Jeff Healy, DOA to name a few. My dad was also a professional (minor leagues) Baseball player in the Pittsburg Organization. He had met quite a few players in the 70s. In high school his locker partner was famed Football player Terry Metcalf.
I personally have only met Athletes through my rugby and football careers. Some of my old team mates went much further than I did in Football as I opted for Rugby instead in my early 20s. As for Rugby, I have either played with, or against a lot of international players. I couldn't name them all, and they are all probably retired. Maybe a few kicking around still.
Also I wrestled at a high level. I got to meet and know some Olympic champions and world metal finishers. Thinking of that, I once got to meet the Honkie Tonk Man. He was a nice enough guy. I only said hello and shook his hand. But he was polite and sober. By the way my wrestling wasn't fake, though I did enjoy watching it.
That's all I can think off at the moment. :)
Posted by Throweck on 2014-03-29 20:24:34
As OP I better throw mine in.
I used to teach Warwick Davies' nephew and niece. Met him a few times when he came to pick the kids up. He played 'willow' and 'Wicket the Ewok'. Really nice bloke.
Posted by Synn on 2014-03-29 20:42:23
Smoked pot with the band Incubus back when Brandon had dreadlocks (1997?).
Posted by Throweck on 2014-03-29 20:52:54
Oooooh I like incubus. And also pot. Double win.
Posted by Frankenstein on 2014-03-29 21:34:57
Ronan Harris used to be a friend of my former girl friend (though I don't think too many people around here know him).
Posted by Stanley on 2014-03-29 23:43:19
Met Eric Bristow who was opening a bookies hahaha
Kevin Painter (Darts) Who is great friends with a mate of mine.
Quite a few wrestlers inc Big Daddy, CM PUNK, Gangrel, John Cena, Undertaker And HHH
Posted by Dalfort on 2014-03-30 03:16:36
met Eric Bristow when he had a pub in Burslem (and I was on a silly YTS (see another "serious" blog)). Met Joe Pasquale twice after his show at Great Yarmouth via a mutual friend's introduction. Also spoken with Ken Dodd after one of his shows, he told me I would never make any money working for someone else... he was right, but I make less money working for nobody :/
Multiple more minor entertainment people I forget at the moment...
Posted by xnoelx on 2014-03-30 09:28:22
I shook David Yow's hand and said hello after the first time I saw the Jesus Lizard play. Then I fell backwards over one of the monitors behind me and down the stairs leading off the stage...
(I realise a lot of people are thinking 'Who?', but it was a bigger deal to me than any more well-known celeb type would've been.)