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Sunday, February 04, 2007

A Visit from a Loremaster...

After a long day--and night of writing--Christopher and I retired to our new favorite haunt, The Banshee. Christopher has the brilliant idea of bringing books with us to give away to the manager if we can find her. So we do. We meet Bobbi the manager, talk to her about how edifying we felt the place was--a balm to a fantasy writer's soul. She brings us Banshee hats, buys us a round, and later…brings by this incredible gentlemen. He looked to me as if he walked off the cobblestone streets of old Dublin. Thinning gray curls waving on top, mischievous arched brows, and a stark white stache and beard. Bobbi introduces him as the owner's father and a member of the Irish Republican _ _ _ _ _ _ _? Neither Christopher nor I could remember that 3rd word, but it wasn't Army. This gentleman gestured for us to sit and said, "Let's have a conversation." He began to unfold the lore of the Banshee: how the place is haunted, full of magic, built with love. He told us of a forehead-tapping spectre and of the furniture and panneling, all made/crafted from the wood of the original building. Upon this gentleman's leaving, he told us that, it was his honor to meet us. US. He was kind, but wrong. The honor was all ours. What a cool night.




11 comments:

Christopher Hopper said...

From a guy who was there, yes, this was a most formidable night, one I will remember forever. Thank you for your friendship, Wayne. Yours is of the truest and most noble sort I know. Blessings to your enemy's enemies, and health to your family and kin. All my best always.

Yours until they have all heard,

CH

WayneThomasBatson said...

Sir Christopher,

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

-W

everlastingscribe said...

might have been the Irish Republican Party. Which is hard to filter from the IRA. Either way, sounds like he has a warm heart no matter his party.

WayneThomasBatson said...

Nope, it wasn't party. I think it was some sort of fraternity there in town. Very cool guy though.

Tina said...

Sounds like you guys had a fantastic time Wayne. What a blessing to have someone so geographically close that you can get together with and write up a storm. I know how valuable brainstorming can be.

It sounds like you guys are in my neck of the woods too - it's only several hours to PA from me. Only about 4 hrs to the Great Lakes here in NY.

WayneThomasBatson said...

Tina, Christopher Hopper is from NY. He's up way north. Where are you?

Tina said...

I'd be about an hour and half, maybe 2 hours from where Christopher is. I commented on his blog that my husband and I go to Watertown to shop at Ft. Drum several times a month. Hubby is active duty Air Force and we don't have any military facilities where we are. We're about 45 minutes east of Syracuse.

WayneThomasBatson said...

Cool, Tina. That's not that far away from CH at all. It's a small world.

But in the immortal words of comedian Steven Wright, "It's a small world, but I wouldn't want to paint it."

Michael said...

Sounds like your had a great night!!!

WayneThomasBatson said...

Too fun. He talked about how the owners of the pub kept the tables low so that people would have to lean forward and be closer to each other. That way, stirring more conversation. Genius.

Josh said...

this sounds like every fantasy lovers dream. I can only imagine the story's he told. Plus the Banshee sounds like something out of a fantasy story. ^_^