Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Do

My publishers were throwing a party last night and they invited me. Was it a trap? Were they inviting me because they wanted me to be there or because they wanted to see how dedicated I am to writing this book?

"Oh yeah... you claim to be working hard... but you obviously have time to party, Mr Gorman."

In the end I decided to go. If it was a trap it was a silly one. If it slows down my writing they'll only have themselves to blame. Besides, it was a huge opportunity for smugness. Cyclists are a smug breed at the best of times but never more so than when there's a tube strike. You can grind to a halt if you like London... but there's nothing you can do to stop the cyclists. We will prevail. Lovely.


11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't get me wrong- cycling is good. But doesn't the strike mean you were at a party solely (in practice) for cycling authors?

That sounds like a critical mass of smugness to me.

Dave Gorman said...

Most people seemed to get there via the car/traffic-jam/stress route.

jenchan_angel said...

I don't see how smugness can reach a 'critical mass' - its potential is infinite. I for one am yet to see a man hospitalised for anything remotely smugness-induced, other than perhaps the consequences of involving motorists in the expression of smugness (perhaps with rude hand gestures).

In a city where many of the tube stations would be quicker to walk (let alone cycle) between, I think being the representative for cycling authors is a pretty good place to be.

James said...

Good on you for cycling Dave... although given this was a party and your have been known to have the odd tipple, I'm wondering if your journey home was a little wobblier than the commute there.

Dr. Foster said...

I hate to pull rank but I am a Doctor and can confirm that Smugness can indeed be fatal. It usually starts with a rubbing of hands and gleeful expression. Then the person implodes with self satisfaction and self congratulation. It's a horrible way to go because nobody feels sympathetic, just 'yeah, he deserved it the smug git..'

slenny said...

There's a South Park episode, called Smug Alert, on this very topic.

Not quite sure how factual it is, though.

Anonymous said...

take a laptop to the party.
problem solved. no accusations.

Anonymous said...

Or just tell them it's research.

Flick x

Anonymous said...

Glad you liked the food at HK

Marco X

James said...

Like Marco, while I was flicking through the TV last night I spied a certain Dave Gorman acting as a food critic on Hell's Kitchen.

Are you going to write a post about it? Or was it a fairly boring affair?

EmmaJC said...

Hmmm ... a room full of smug AND sweaty cyclist ... lovely!