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Jan. 15th, 2007 | 06:47 am

In the middle of my Livejournal panel on Friday, we were discussing 'Why we chose LJ and what we use it for.' I mentioned that I started, my real point was to write something, every single day, and because I have a slightly higher percentage of odd things happen to me than seem to happen to other people, my life gives me a little more resource material. I told one or two of the shorter summations, and quoted wayward_va who has noted that I seem to be a magnet for odd experiences.

In the middle of me saying this, someone's hand shot up in the middle of the room, and I waved for her to speak. "Have you ever heard of James Nicoll?"

(this pause here is for Anita to cough and stop the choking).

While I understand the internet has made the world a smaller place and all, that was probably one of the odder questions to be asked....a few thousand miles, a different country, and 22 years after I first met him. James was almost a more day to day influence than my parents were; I mean, I listened to James, after all, and there were definitely days when I saw more of him than anyone I'm related to. I met him whenever the May issue of Dragon Magazine was out in 1985, because that was the first thing I went into his store to buy (the cover of that magazine was by Robin Wood, and is on the wall next to me). I was 13. I was in the store between 4 times a week and daily until I was 17 and moved out of the house.

I can readily believe the magnetism was contagious. Sadly, it doesn't count as a Nicoll Event in and of itself.

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Rob

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from: autographedcat
date: Jan. 15th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
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Heh. I've never actually met James Nicoll, though of course I know of him from various online places I tend to haunt.

Apropos of nothing, I just received an entire box full of random old Dragon magazines. Friend was inquiring on IRC as to what she might list them for on Craigslist. I said 'I don't know what they're worth, but I'd like to make an offer on them' and she said 'Oh, well for you, they're free.' :)

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stephanie m. clarkson

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from: thespian
date: Jan. 15th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
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Shady, even. Shows up in the darkest corners.

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Daniel Allen

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from: da_lj
date: Jan. 15th, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
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"four five of you".

By this point, I feel like I know him, from his journal, and you from yours, enough to be amused, especially for your "meeting him" story.

...I started reading Dragon Magazine roughly when I was 13 too, so '87 or so. Maybe 88 or 89.

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stephanie m. clarkson

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from: thespian
date: Jan. 15th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
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Glad to have amused you. I don't think it'll quite be the same for you as it was for the 4 people reading who have known both James and I for over 20 years at this point, but glad to know it's at least explainable to others.

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Daniel Allen

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from: da_lj
date: Jan. 15th, 2007 11:31 pm (UTC)
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Twenty years is a darn long time.

I suppose I can only count family in the group of people I'm still in touch with who've known me since my early teens.

Yeah, twenty years is a long time.

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