13 September 2006 by Published in: General News 7 comments

I’ve been plugging away at the third pass at the Dahlgren manuscript steadily for the past few days. I’ve been making good progress–I’ve gotten through six of the thirteen chapters. I’ve been trying to do two chapters per night when I work on it, meaning I’ve worked at it the last three nights solid.

I decided to take tonight off. Once in a while, I just need an evening off. I’ve had an extremely intense last week or so, and I just don’t feel like it tonight. So, I’m just going to spend the evening hanging out.

On another note altogether….

Today, I met a friend for lunch at a nearby upscale Italian restaurant. It’s a very busy place, and it’s also very convenient, as it’s just over a mile from my office.

I got there a couple of minutes early and was seated. As I was being taken to my table, I thought I recognized the person sitting at the first table as I walked back to mine. I got a good look at him, but I wanted to be sure that it was who I thought it was. So I asked the server, and she confirmed that it was, in fact, Eric Clapton sitting at that table.

Slow Hand married a Columbus gal, and has actually lived here for six or seven years. My office is just across the Scioto River from his home. It’s not all that unusual for people to see him around town, but it was the first time I have seen him myself.

I never noticed that he’s left handed–or at least he eats left-handed–before today.

The coolest thing about it was that people left him alone, let him have his space.

Too cool. A David Letterman brush with fame moment. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Jim Epperson
    Wed 13th Sep 2006 at 9:41 pm

    Clapton is famously left-handed, Eric.


  2. Wed 13th Sep 2006 at 9:56 pm


    Honestly, I’d never noticed previously.


  3. Wed 13th Sep 2006 at 11:24 pm

    To Eric’s defense, he called me during lunch to tell me that The Slow One was next to him, and I had to admit, after watching nearly every video and countless other hours of Clapton on the guitar, I’d never noticed either. In fact, the only famous southpaw picker I can think of at the moment is McCartney.

    Cool that the folks left him alone, Eric. He probably appreciates that. I’m sure he notices the stares, but it’s probably nice for him to just enjoy his meal and chosen company in relative peace.


  4. Thu 14th Sep 2006 at 1:10 am

    Jimi Hendrix was another somewhat accomplished lefty.


  5. Paul Taylor
    Thu 14th Sep 2006 at 7:06 am

    Kurt Cobain was a lefty — So was Tony Iommi, the guitarist for Black Sabbath.


  6. Thu 14th Sep 2006 at 9:22 am

    Hendrix and Clapton, I probably should have known.

    Cobain–well, let’s just say that grunge was never my favorite and that I never paid much attention to Nirvana.

    Black Sabbath, well….. ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. Dave Powell
    Thu 14th Sep 2006 at 7:24 pm

    OK, does anyone anticipate scrawled “Clapton is God” messages being left on brick walls all over Columbus tonight?

    Dave Powell

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