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Thank you, Romaine, for the gift! That was incredibly sweet, considering how inactive I've been in fandom for the last... long... while. I've never really felt a part of fandom, mostly because I don't know how to do the work it takes to make LJ friends, but your gift made me feel included, and warm and fuzzy to boot!

Also, I had to post to tell of the AMAZING thing that happened last night. I was bartending a private party at a venue I'm closely connected with, and they had my friend do karaoke for them. A fellow with a british accent came to the bar and I started a tab for him, noticing that his last name was Froud. "No relation to Brian Froud?" I asked whimsically. Brian Froud was the genius behind the design of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, as well as many other things. He said, "He's my father, actually."

Well, I gushed. I LOVED The Dark Crystal as a kid. Hell, I love it now. I've watched it as recently as 6 months ago. Nevertheless, I felt bad gushing about this person's father, so I forcibly stopped myself and let him enjoy his beverage.

Later, though, he was lingering at the bar, looking in the songbook for songs to sing, and I couldn't help it. I said "I'm going to be one of those people and ask you about your dad." He smiled, and it looked genuine, so I continued. "He designed Labyrinth, right?" He said, "Yes, he did. And you know the little baby in Labyrinth?"

THAT WAS HIM. TOBY WAS ACROSS THE BAR FROM ME. I SERVED TOBY A DRINK! Several, actually, and when he was nice and drunk, I and my KJ got him to take pictures with him.

And then he sang "Magic Dance," making the night complete.

He was extremely nice. He's also a designer, of large puppets. In fact, he was working on Michael Jackson's stage show, when... well, we all know what happened. Anyway, he's in my town now, teaching puppet workshops! I'm going to attend one.

Oh, and finally: This makes me ONE DEGREE AWAY FROM DAVID BOWIE.

Date: 2009-12-07 09:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blamebrampton.livejournal.com
I was about to write one squeeing comment until I reached your last line, and now it is two totally different ones ;-)

How amazing! I always wondered who Toby was, and now I know! I, too, love Froud's work and have always imagined him as delightful (something that people who I know who worked with him have confirmed), but have never had any close Froud encounters ;-)

But I HAVE had a close Bowie encounter! When I was a little girl of four, my father took me to a party (not normal behaviour, but he had slept with my au pair, leading to her quitting, er, that part might have been a bit more normal in our house). I was in a great sulk, so I took a bag of books and was plonked down in a corner with them and told to behave and have a nap.

As a child of hippies in the 70s, that sort of thing was not uncommon and I was good at it, so I sat on my little chair and started to read. After a little while a nice man came up and asked me if I would like him to read that book to me. 'No,' I said, 'I know how to read and I am reading it to myself!'

He smiled and asked me to read some to him. When I did, he expressed pleased surprise and sat down to chat with me about the book and about reading. He was very nice and told me about his little baby at home, and after a while we told each other a few stories before he went back to the party and I had a little nap.

When Dad came to pick me up and take me home, the nice man came to say goodbye. 'Do you know who that was?' Dad asked as he carried me out to the car?

'He was a nice man with funny hair,' I replied.

'He was David Bowie,' said Dad, 'and you sat on his lap.'

'I sit on everyone's lap,' I said smugly.

Alas, ten years later, when all my girlfriends had massive crushes on David Bowie, I thought he would make the most excellent dad ...

Date: 2009-12-08 01:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oceaxe.livejournal.com
That is AWESOME and I will be repeating this story to my friends.

The crush/dad dichotomy: my first crush was on Tony Randall, and I wanted him to be my dad. I was too young to know of any other relationship to have with a man!

Oh wow! It keeps hitting me, what an incredible story that is! Also, because everything revolves back around to me, this makes me one degree away from Bowie in two different directions. Well, as much as I can be said to have met you. Does online meeting count?

Toby was very very very nice. So nice, in fact, that he allowed my karaoke-friend to _pick him up_. Repeatedly. For pictures. As J. is considerably smaller than Toby, this presented quite the scene.

Date: 2009-12-08 07:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blamebrampton.livejournal.com
Yes it counts! Thinking back, he was probably high as a kite, as most adults I met between 1969 and 1975 were, but I still say he was an exemplary adult for his kid patience and genuine niceness.

And YAY for Toby! We sounds like an utter win! I am going to repeat your story to my friends, too! And I suppose I am only two degrees from Brian Froud!

Date: 2009-12-08 12:29 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mordyn4
Whoa. That's kind of insane. Obviously. :D

Sounds like he sang Bowie for you, lol. How cool.

Date: 2009-12-08 01:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oceaxe.livejournal.com
I don't know that he sang it for me... he was there with his wife, after all. But just the fact that he sang it at all was so cute! I asked his wife if this kind of thing happens to him a lot. She had been very sweet and chatty all evening, but when I asked her that, she looked me dead in the eye and said with much gravity, "All the time." Then I felt like such a stooge. Oh well, she knew who he was when she married him, I guess.

Date: 2009-12-08 01:52 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] bonobo23.livejournal.com

Date: 2009-12-10 12:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oceaxe.livejournal.com
Hey buddy! It's good to see you, even if it's just your LJ icon...

Date: 2009-12-08 03:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] romaine24.livejournal.com
Aw, your welcome and its so good to see a post from you!

Thanks for sharing your great experience with Toby!

Large Puppets? Now that's an interesting profession. :)

Date: 2009-12-10 12:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oceaxe.livejournal.com
Well, it served Jim Henson well!

I had a friend who worked with Red Moon Theater in Chicago, and they used to make puppets that towered over the humans that operated them. Really amazing to see.

Date: 2009-12-09 02:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bryoneybrynn.livejournal.com

*is jealous*

Date: 2009-12-10 12:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oceaxe.livejournal.com
You know, I just read your post and was about to offer you supposedly helpful advice about your work situation vis a vis getting help for your depression, but then I realized that you're in Canada and I know little about Canadian employment law. But... for what it's worth, which probably isn't much, I would hazard a guess that Canada has something similar to the US's Americans with Disabilities Act, which means that your work has to make reasonable accomodation for your depression, as long as it affects a major life activity. But again, I'm not well-versed in Canadian law.

I honestly believe you are better off with them knowing about your depression. Even if it makes you feel vulnerable, at least they know that if your work performance is suffering somewhat, a) there's a good reason for it, and b) you're trying to do something about it.

Date: 2009-12-10 05:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] delorispea.livejournal.com
omg im VERY jealous right now.

i probably couldn't of formed a sentence to him tbh
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