Not quite knowing who was going to show meant that I arrived at The George armed with a list of alternative pubs for Mick and I to explore but I needn't have feared as a fine mix of regulars and newbies made welcome appearances albeit at different times. It felt a little like Victoria station, as one TALFer left another arrived.
Anyway, Mick was there when I arrived along with LindaOh (whom it was great to see again - Hope you made it to Greenwich this morning), GilliganUK who is now officially qualified to teach English as a foreign language (HURRAH!) and a delightful surprise in the form of ColoradoAnglophile and hubbie who had just arrived at Gatwick that morning and had driven to Tara's B&B in North Harrow and then taken the tube in. They were off to see The Woman In Black which should have kept them awake.
Drink and nibbles were consumed in roughly equal proportions on a delightfully warm evening on a large bench in the courtyard of this excellent pub. Before long Trillian arrived with her extended clan of 3 generations (some of whom who now live in Utah) including her dad who was telling me that he had worked at both Battersea Power Station and The British Museum, an interesting contrast.
Finally we were joined by Mike & Dan from the USAF with whom I had made contact earlier in the day. Mike is an Ohio State fan who was looking for somewhere to watch the game with Penn and was coming to London (3 weeks into a 3 year stretch) with his friends for a spot of R&R from Mildenhall (or was it Lakenheath?). Anyway whilst some of his other friends were finding somewhere to stay the night, he and Dan came down to The George where we briefed them on the way to get to Bodeans where the game was supposed to be shown live. Good luck guys and well done on the game result.
Jack1066 will be pleased to learn that Mike came close to being the first TALFer to actually dance on a table.
An early finish by TALF standards but my excuse was that I had been up since 5.30am but it was another extremely enjoyable evening. Next date for your diary - Monday October 16th at The Lamb which I will sadly miss but Britfan and Bedlace will be holding court and Mick will be holding the TALF sign.