Prophecy Girl has a really shitty day...AND THEN SHE MEETS AL GORE!
I rushed over to the bookstore right after work today and, as I often suspected, found that Al is apparently slightly superhuman when it comes to getting the job done. He got through those first 600 people in about an hour and 15 minutes (the line was to at least letter "R" by the time I showed up). Because apparently I was due for a stroke of good luck, a girl I went to college with happened to be the one handing Mr. Gore the books to be signed. So even though he didn't personalize anyone's copy, she was nice enough to say, "Here's Becky's copy," when she handed him mine. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Al Gore heard my name (for the two of you who don't already know, yes, I'm a Becky by birth). He signed it, shook my hand, and I said, "I very much enjoyed your interview in Rolling Stone. I just read it last night." And yes, I sounded just as dorky when I said it as it sounds written out. But he thanked me and smiled and then I had to get out of the way because my parents happened to be behind me in line (what are the chances?) and they said things like, "Excellent movie," and "We've already written to all of our congressmen," which kinda made my Rolling Stone comment seem lame. But I didn't really have time to tell him that he was the first presidential candidate I ever voted for and that I have actively pushed his movie both here and on MySpace and also I that loved that sketch he did on Saturday Night Live and about a hundred other things that if I'd ten minutes with him...but alas I had only about 2 seconds.
Speaking of Rolling Stone, I initially picked it up because Johnny Depp was on the cover, but I was delighted to see that Al had an interview inside...and it was damned good! I mean, damned good! You can read it here and then you will again lament the fact that he was not our 43rd president.
Also, no one was allowed a picture with Al, but several people snapped cell phone pics. I was among them, but I quickly found out my brand new pink Motorola Razr has the shittiest camera in the history of phones. Or maybe I should have cleaned off the lens or something. Whatever. You can still totally tell it's him.
But what's an Al Gore post without some good environmental info? If you haven't seen the movie, go flog yourself, and afterwards, check out this. Also, hooray for college roommates!! Kathryn, sent me this highly appropriate article a couple days ago.
Dude, I can't believe I met Al Gore. That's just awesome.