Fan Boy Etiquette

If I were to say BOD to you, in the context of being a fan, would it mean anything?

If not you’re not a rugby fan. The initials stand for Brian O’Driscoll one of the best players of the last 30 years, an Irishman of much talent and a splendid commentator and analyst.

On Friday, Dog and I have finished a walk and I’ve popped into a local cafe to buy two cheese straws for The Textiliste and myself. As I stand in a queue of two I see this profile, then hears this voice. It is BOD somehow sitting having a coffee just a few yards to my right.

Apart from staff there were maybe 3 other people in the cafe in addition to BOD and his companions.

Now, I’ve never been a collector of autographs or taker of selfies but I’ve had so much enjoyment watching this man play a sport I love, I was instantly drawn to the idea… maybe… this time…

I’m the archetype of a pale stale male and I have no clue of the etiquette. Obviously be polite and accept a rebuff but should I even contemplate this. in short, would approaching him, dribbling my hero worship merely single me out as an ineffectual tosser.

I sat outside, having bought a coffee I didn’t need. I tried a selfie over my shoulder but merely captured my ear and the bread stand.

In the end I gave up, satisfying myself that I’d shared a modicum of space with him.

But really I know I missed a trick. I just didn’t know which trick I’d missed.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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31 Responses to Fan Boy Etiquette

  1. trifflepudling says:

    I think on the whole it’s best to leave people alone, as you did. It’s wonderful to have encountered him so treasure that 😊, you haven’t missed a trick. Anyway, suppose he had actually rebuffed you? Would have made you cringe for years after!
    These people have a sixth sense that someone’s clocked them, so I expect he was grateful you let him be.

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  2. What trifflepudling said.

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  3. I once sat opposite Rob Andrew on an intercity table seat from Newark to Kings Cross. I felt it only right to leave him be.

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  4. Good job you didn’t. That was my nephew Herbert!

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  5. noelleg44 says:

    Most of the time these “stars” are more than happy to have a picture taken. Except of course H and M.

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  6. Your dignity is intact, and you have a lovely memory. Well done, Geoff.

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  7. Chel Owens says:

    😀 I’m sure the ear and bread stand looked great.

    I’ve done the same thing. They’re just a person, after all, and maybe want to enjoy their breakfast in peace.

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  8. L.K. Latham says:

    And now you have a wonderful story to share. 🙂 P.S I would have done the same thing.

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  9. Definitely the right thing. It must be weird being famous and having everybody checking you out all the time. Fortunately I will never know for sure!

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  10. JT Twissel says:

    Some celebs like to be recognized and others don’t – I generally give them a thumb’s up and smile.

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  11. willowdot21 says:

    Oh! Geoff really … Too much English in you ! You should of just asked …
    Even a rebuff would of been better than nothing…you could dine out on a rebuff! I am sure he’d of been only too pleased to oblige.. so next time …if there’s ever one put on your big boy pants and ask!

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  12. tootlepedal says:

    It is easy to make a fool of yourself on these occasions so I expect that you chose the right course.

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  13. V.M.Sang says:

    Oh, dear. You did miss a trick. I suspect, though, that I’d be like you.

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  14. Darlene says:

    I once asked Gordon Lightfoot for his autograph in a bar where he was having a drink with some of his bandmates. He said he’d rather not as he just wanted a quiet drink and if he gave me his autograph, others would want one. He was very nice about it. I said I understood and thanks for the great music. When we left the bar, I looked over at him and he smiled and winked. That was better than any old autograph!


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