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tajasel: Katie, with a purple wig on. (Default)
[personal profile] tajasel
It is August 11th 1999.

You're in Cornwall to see the solar eclipse, and as the time of totality approaches, people around you begin to notice that the sun itself won't be visible from the beach that you're on because of a tall rocky outcrop.

Unfortunately, you broke your ankle during a trampolining lesson two weeks beforehand, and whilst every other person on the beach wades out to sea for a better vantage point, you are left sitting on your beach chair, alone, with a black binbag tied around your left leg to protect the cast from sea water. It's frustrating, but it does make for an amusing story to tell for the rest of your life - that day you sat alone on a beach watching the world walk out to sea.

In fact, 13½ years later, you are sitting in a teashop in Manchester, relating this story to the best friend of one of your closest friends but whom you've never met before. Halfway through your story, she puts down her teacup and listens intently, and then exclaims: "Oh my god, you're Bag Girl!"

[twitter.com profile] thatbloodywoman was on that beach that day, and remembers me clear as if it were yesterday. As you would, of course, if you saw somebody sat alone on a beach wearing a binbag around one leg, but seriously, what are the chances?
Date: 2013-01-27 06:18 pm (UTC)

silverhare: drawing of a grey hare (community - abed: omg internet)
From: [personal profile] silverhare
Haha! What are the chances?
Date: 2013-01-27 07:35 pm (UTC)

From: [personal profile] swaldman
Impressive! I was also in Cornwall for that eclipse, although not AFAIK on that same beach... :-)
Date: 2013-01-28 05:48 am (UTC)

marnanel: (Default)
From: [personal profile] marnanel
That is an excellent story.

(I have one a little like it, but I would be far too embarrassed to share it here. But ask and I'll tell you.)
Date: 2013-01-28 10:37 am (UTC)

scatmania: (Default)
From: [personal profile] scatmania
Wait... that was you? My god!

Joking. I was in Paris at the time.
Date: 2013-01-30 11:57 pm (UTC)

rhialto: Me under a waterfall (Default)
From: [personal profile] rhialto
And I was far away in Hungary, on the top of a hill at the Solipse festival...
Date: 2013-02-03 09:03 am (UTC)

marnanel: (Default)
From: [personal profile] marnanel
I was telling this story over dinner last night.

"And then," I said, "she realised that the sun wouldn't be visible because it would be behind a rock."

"Well, yeah," said my brother, "the Moon."

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