Why I Didn\'t Show for The Backroom Meet - THe Growler
ER....27 hours each way in the care of ************** Airlines Growlette with a Philippines passport little or no chance of getting UK tourist visa as a single woman. (Your lot happily let all those soap-dodgers in without demur, but a decent upstanding self-sporting tourist of reasonable means is not welcome....)

However, we had pork and chicken satés with peanut sauce and Java rice and an incalculable number of San Miguels and thought of everyone.

Must do beter next time.
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Kuang
I spontaneously combust if I come within spitting distance of London / my dog had a flat tyre / I thought I'd found the missing chord, but it turned out to be a cheese sandwich (delete where applicable)

Heh.. nope, just couldn't make it down and back due to work commitments. Shall keep an eye out for future ones though :)
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Altea Ego
I drive a Renault. In view of the comments on here about cars from Createur d' Automobiles I had no chance of getting there and back without it breaking down, so I didnt risk it.
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Mark (RLBS)
When the kitchen floor was being dug out they cracked the wall of a well I didn't know I had. The water began filling the hole which will be the kitchen floor one day; the floor level having been dug down about three foot for repairs and refitting of york stones.

I was up to my knees in water trying to save various tools, equipment and other stuff as well as trying to help the builders seal the well.

I would have preferred to be in London drinking.

On Dave's behalf, he had to go away for four days from Saturday afternoon; he had tried, and failed, to reschedule.
Why I Didn\'t Show for The Backroom Meet - M.M
Hmmm..

The do clashed with Terry Jone\'s version of The Wind In The Willows on BBC1. I just had to watch that.

M.M
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Ian (Cape Town)
I'm with The Growler on this one - and I'd already RSVP'd!

However, Mr Jake Blues has the following words...
"I ran out of gas! I got a flat tire! I didn't have change for cab fare! I lost my tux at the cleaners! I locked my keys in the car! An old friend came in from out of town! Someone stole my car! There was an earthquake! A terrible flood! Locusts! IT WASN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - THe Growler
Pity Ian, you could've pulled up like Elwood in your Dodge with the police package you bought for $500 from Mr Gasperon, and done one of those magnificent handbrake parking exercises........
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Ian (Cape Town)
don't tempt me - there is a 74 chrysler valiant for sale in today's paper, which would do the job admirably. I don't think the missus would like it, though.
Not to mention the black London cab which is a bargain, and could be used as a great "evenings-out" vehicle.
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Gazza
Originally, I freed up my diary and attended to come but ...
1. Girlfriend's sister called at 1130 to go and have dim sum at 1200. (I thought that would be done by 1400)
2. I was asked to drive everyone to the restaurant because I have the largest car. (That's the reason)
3. Then I have to drive them home after the lunch
3. Then I have been dragged along to Heathrow at 1500 as girlfriend's mum was due to fly at 1830. (My girlfriend insisted I should go along)
4. Then I have been dragged along to Windsor to have dinner with girlfriend's sisters and brother-in-laws.
5. Got back home at 2100
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - El Hacko
cos I´m in Espana since 4/9 and only just found a computer connected to Internet, to find out how it went. Well, how did it?

El Hacko
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Hugo {P}
I live in Cornwall and would have had to travel through Devon to get there!

I hope it all went well, and that we can have some regional meets.

H
Why I Didn\'t Show for The Backroom Meet - Dynamic Dave
Mark (RLBS) wrote:-
I was up to my knees in water trying to save various tools,
equipment and other stuff as well as trying to help the
builders seal the well.


You are Tommy Walsh, and I claim my £5.
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Chad.R
I was trawling through some documents mid-morning Sunday trying to find my daughters birth certificates to get their passports sorted out, when I came across our marriage cert. Made me remember that our anniversary is today and I hadn't got anything - cue panic!!
So I made some feeble excuse about having to go out ... legged it down to the shops and did something about it. When I got back it was too late to go to the Pub.

However, this morning I'm Mr Smug - because she's completely forgotten about it too!!

There are somethings money can't buy, for everything else there's Mastercard :-)

Chad.
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - frostbite
I don't drink.

I didn't realise it was compulsory.
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Blue {P}
Who got out the wrong side of bed this morning? ;-)

I was stuck at work I'm afraid, otherwise I would actually have really liked to make the drive and hopefully reach the meet in one piece! I wouldn't mind as much, but I didn't even get my bad canteen food because we had so many trainees that they ate it all before my lunch break the greedy little swines! :-(

Blue
Why I Didn\'t Show for The Backroom Meet - CM
Well I had packed off the wife for the week-end to stay with her mother, taking the 2 kids with her, thus leaving me free to join up with the BR meet. First lie in I\'ve had for months (ie 8.30am) and called her when I was in the bath at 9am to ask how the kids were only to find out that she was half way back.

Panic ensued - the girlfriend was shipped out, the sheets changed and all other evidence destroyed.

When the family got back, I had to look after them as SWMBO was knackered and therefore no free afternoon.
All true apart from the middle paragraph
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - twinexhaust
I'm shy.....
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - volvoman
Just to let you all know I also gave up a free ticket to Twickenham on Saturday and missed a cracking game of rugby for the same reason. A real pity on both counts :-( but there we are - there'll always be another occasion won't there!
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Hawesy1982
Girlfriend decided to 'surprise' me by coming back from working in Holland a week earlier than expected, then obviously demanded i spend the whole weekend with her, and then on my suggestion that we 'find a nice pub, maybe over near Barnet, for a nice relaxing afternoon drink?' got slapped! She's not a car person really
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Alfafan {P}
Not an excuse 'cos I never said I'd be there. Had pre-booked tickets for the Goodwood Revival meeting (which was excellent).
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - lezebre
I used to post here as a cat, and i get worried in pubs about getting my paws trodden on.
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Clanger
I didn't join an Internet community in order to travel 500 miles and drink expensive beer with you guys and gals. Nice though you undoubtedly are, you can stay on the other side of this screen, thank you.

That's another way of saying I'm more shy than the abominable snowman.

However, any of you travelling north up the A1 in very small numbers are welcome to stop off for a cup of tea or pint in the Scotch Corner area.




Hawkeye
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Stranger in a strange land
Why I Didn\'t Show for The Backroom Meet - Thommo
Too hung over from Twickenham the day before to drive safely (or think straight for that matter). No Volvoman it was not a good match (despite the score line).
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Ian (Cape Town)
Wasn't too impressed after halftime, I must admit.
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Chad.R
I watched the highlights on Saturday night and they seemed pretty good ....though I suppose they were the highlights ;-)

Chad.
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - SjB {P}
Working in Sweden (Again).

Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - volvoman
Correct Thommo - I did watch it on Sky and it wasn't so much a good match as a good result but that's what's required in World Cup year and to beat a team like France so easily when not playing all that well bodes well.
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - borasport20
I was kidnapped by aliens (sorry Mac & Barbara) and forced to spend the afternoon wandering round a very expensive garden centre. (And i know where I would rather have been)

Perhaps we could have a regional meet here in Bolton - couple of pints somewhere on Deansgate, then wander round the police station playing spot the tax disc............ (ducks for cover)


I have to grow old - but I don't have to grow up
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Caveman
Mrs Cavewoman sent me out to catch a Brontisorous for lunch. I also have no time machine to teleport me to the 20th century.
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Caveman
Or even the 21st century.
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - PoloGirl
hmmm...

1. Never meet middle aged from from t'internet.
2. You all think I can't drive and cause accidents.
3. I'm gutless and scared of you all.

;-)
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - PoloGirl
1. Never meet middle aged from from t'internet.


Of course that should be middle aged *men*!
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Altea Ego
Funny that PG, most people didnt turn up cos they thought you would crash into their cars ;)
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - PoloGirl
No no no... people crash into *me*! ;-)
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - CM
PG, I am mortified that you might consider me middle aged!

Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - king arthur
There was a backroom meet? Oh.
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Wales Forester
I haven't got a passport to go South of Watford Gap :-)

PP
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Pugugly {P}
Busy days Sunday in rural England. Anyway had an all day trial on Monday which meant a couple of hours work in the evening .. needed a clear head in the morning and a 200 mile round trip didn't compute. Sorry.
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Brill {P}
Well.... I travelled all the way to Reigate to play in a (prearranged) tennis club match only to find the other team didn't turn up. So I could have joined you after all, but it was too late by then. Would have liked to have been there, so next time...

Stu.
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - GroovyChick{P}
I was washing my hair, up north!

GC
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - HF
Well you can't please all of the people all of the time, and there were bound to be some for whom London was a little too far to go (Growler and Ian are excused).

However, some of the excuses on here are truly dire! So many people have been clamouring for so long about a meeting, it's a little surprising that so few made the effort in the end. And probably more than a little annoying for Dan, after all it was well organised, well in advance, and well documented.

Still, those of us that went had a great time, and I hope that you non-attendees are jealous that we met HJ and you didn't :)

HF
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - volvoman
Yep HF a tad sad we didn't get to meet our Lord & Master but not jealous of your bad head!
Very good of HF minor to stay home and look after you too ;-)
Why I Didn\'t Show for The Backroom Meet - waterboy
Well, it was a long way from Dundee at 76.

And I have to look after SWMBO; the middle class elderly have to be their own carers, social workers etc. while paying for other peoples\'.


Tomo as was!
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - HisHonour {P}
Had every intention of coming until I was reminded I was sailing in a regatta on Saturday and Sunday. Oops, sorry!
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - HisHonour {P}
We came 24th out of 25 so it wasn't entirely wasted!
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Dan J
Photos ready for submission to MSN website but I am unable to post them without Lee's permission so where are you Citroenian?!
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Marcos{P}
I was just about to post a request to see if you had managed to sort out anything with the photos Dan. You must be a mind reader as well as an alcoholic. He He.

Marcos
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - eMBe {P}
Am I the only one who thought watching England play cricket was worthwhile? I think I had better leave this forum then (hoorah, did I hear some of you cheer!).

HJ: For next time, can I suggest that you might get a lot more people attending if you

1. either - endorse the event even though not officially connected to the site,
or - make it an official approved event.

2. make it clear from the beginning that you and/or the moderators have agreed on the date and at least one of you will be there.

Who knows but you might even be able to sell offical merchandise at sometime in the future if the turnout improves sufficiently to make it economic.


Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Altea Ego
OK being serious for a while ( I rarely am on here - except in technical)
1/ I never said or indicated i would be coming, so I feel no need to offer appologies.
2/ It was very good of Dan to organise the event and I am pleased those that did turn up felt it worth while

May I offer a suggestion for a future event, one that may be of benefit. Why not hold it more in the centre of England, and maybe at a place of motoring interest. We can then bring families on a day out.

Why not for example, everyone agree to go to somewhere say like Gaydon for the day. Or the Motorcycle museum at coventry, or the donnington collection. Maybe even everyone agree to go to the Motorshow next year? IF HJ can get some t-shirts printed we could buy and wear and advertise there it may even be a moneyspinner for the website?

Just a few thoughts.
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Dan J
Some good suggestions there RF, but don't forget HJ or the "site" didn't organise this - I did it off my own back. If someone in the midlands or wherever wants to organise a meet up that way then fair enough, providing I had enough advance warning I'd be there.

Problem with any discussion of "meets" to date is everyone (and this isn't sarcasm directed at you RF!) has helpful suggestions about ways to do it or places it could be done, but noone actually ever does anything towards organising it. If any of you think it could be somewhere better etc then do what I did and go organise something!
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - eMBe {P}
Some good suggestions there RF, but don't forget HJ or the
"site" didn't organise this - I did it off my own
back. >>


DanJ - well done for your effort and I have no criticism of your valiant work.

In fact your statement answers the Q posed by HJ as the subject of this thread.

And as I suggested above, if HJ wants a better/improved turnout, he has to endorse the event in some way and make it official or semi-official.
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Altea Ego
If you read my note Dan, I did give you the credit.

The beauty of something like a motorshow meet, is that its self organising. IF you are going to the mootorshow, then you are going there for yourself, agreeing to meet at say the Renault van stand at X oclock is a side event.

Just a thought.

I shall shut me trap and get back to being sarcastic and sardonic
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - No Do$h
1) I work away in Peterborough all week so only get to see my wife of 7 weeks* at weekends
2) I only see my daughter (not yet 4) every other weekend. This happened to be one of them
3) Despite extensive knowledge of cleaning cars (see Scotchguard thread), detrimental impact of digestively disadvantaged daughter on interior of Alfa is not something I want to be dealing with on a Sunday night when I have to be up at 4:30am to return to Peterborough on Monday (see 1)
4) Despite coming across as suave, debonair, tall, dark and handsome, I'm loud, short, fattish and balding. In short, I look like a shaved rottweiller. And I didn't want to scare you all.
5) Er,
6) That's it really.

Genuinely sorry I couldn't make this one, but will keep eyes peeled for future events in case they are on the "other" weekend (see 2). This should give me time to remove the comedy sumo suit (see 4) and grow another few inches.

* Hint: This indicates novelty and hence a genuine desire to be with her.....

Sorry......
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Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - DL
Midalnds/Central England with something for the family to do would be a great idea. And perhaps some endorsement from the site, that would give it clout.

Well done Dan, sorry I couldn't be there. Could have had a pint with me old mate, King Arthur :-))
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Bromptonaut
The words outgoing and sociable would, unqualified, be unlikely to share the space between two full stops with my name. And saturday's trip to Duxford Airshow used up my late pass for the week!.
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - No Do$h
just a thought.

Would a meet in a more rural location have been more widely attended?

As previously mentioned, this weekend was out. On one of my "other" weekends I would have enjoyed the chance to meet with you all, even in Barnet, but possibly those looking for a day out with the family would prefer something in t' country?

Who would be interested if I proposed a Southern meet in Beaulieu? Who wants to arrange a Midlands meet, a Northen meet, etc?

Dan, any tips would be appreciated!!!
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Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - HF
This is not a dig at anyone. But there seem to be a fair few 'I would have done it a different way' posts. Which is fine - but how many of you are really prepared to stick your neck out and arrange something, wherever it be? I know I certainly wouldn't have the nerve. Dan did, and yes it was a very successful day, particularly for the alcoholics amongst us. (and the High Barnet Chinese restaursant is second to none).

Those of you who want regional meets - just do it! You might be surprised at how much you enjoy it.

I guess HJ is right in that most BRers do seem to want anonymity. But for those of you who don't, it can be great fun.

Dan - what can I offer you to stop you posting the photos?

;)

Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - No Do$h
www.beaulieu.co.uk/

So who's interested? Sooner rather than later? The New Forest in the Autumn is really quite spectacular.
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Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Hugo {P}
A good idea No Dosh

I'm starting to feel guilty for not showing up now!

H
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Dan J
Those of you who want regional meets - just do it!
You might be surprised at how much you enjoy it.


I think people get shy about these things but don't realise that they will enjoy it after making the effort.

For the record I'd actually met HF and Rob the Bus about a month ago and we had a great time - dunno where they day went, or all the money in my wallet! There's a London pub whose shares have gone up though...
Dan - what can I offer you to stop you posting
the photos?


Too late :) They're on their way in now, just having a few upload problems. I can be bribed with money and booze though!
Suggested Southern Backroom Meet - No Do$h
So how does Sat 11th October in Beaulieu sound? I can scout out a suitable pub to meet and lunch at before we head on to Beaulieu for the afternoon.
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Suggested Southern Backroom Meet - andymc {P}
Well I didn't go because I live in Northern Ireland and a plane trip would have been necessary - my last trip across the Irish Sea involved a two hour delay on the way there and a five hour delay on the way back, all for a 40 minute flight. Pity, as I would have really liked to meet people on here. If it had been at the beginning of August (when I was actually in England for a few days) I might have made it. I doubt that there are more than 2 or 3 members from my part of the world, so a meet for NI ain't too likely.
I like the suggestion of a more rural location - easier for dimwits like me to find, if in fact I ever make it.
andymc
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Jonathan {p}
I would like to meet up with people from the backroom, but no way am I travelling to london. A meeting around manchester area would ensure I attend.

there's a free pack of pork scratchings to whoever organises a meet in the northwest.

Jonathan
Next venue suggestion. - Thommo
National Motorcycle Museum Birmingham, Sunday morning!

Brilliant venue and ALWAYS virtually empty, don't know why because its a brilliant place, great cafe too.

Next venue suggestion. - HF
Will have to make consultations about the possibility of the 13th October, but I'm sure we'll come if we can.

HF
Regional Backroom Meets - RickyBoy
I contemplated showing-up but as I hadn't committed didn't!

Uncannily, I did this 'blind-date' thingy at that very same pub about three years ago when Barnet played Torquay on the last day of the season to decide who was going out of the football league. We both went along as 'neutrals' having 'communicated' for quite some time previously on a footy-related messageboard.

Like 'real-time' dating then ? I find the 'chase' to be often the best part of these situations and as the other man said, it's a bit of a hike for a swift half or two.

Now, an 'overnighter' or 'lock-in'... That'd be a different matter altogether?
Regional Backroom Meets - Marcos{P}
This is going to sound controversial but here goes.

We spoke about this on Sunday but it has become clear to me and others that some of the backroomers are not who they say they are.
You know who you are and I wont name any names and if that's the way you want to be then fine but don't get all over excited about a backroom meet knowing full well that you will not attend.
I know a lot of people had other commitments which is a shame because I for one would have loved to meet some more of you as we seem to have some real characters here in the backroom.
I'm looking forward to the next meet so if we decide on a date I am happy to help organise things as much as possible.

Marcos
Regional Backroom Meets - Mark (RLBS)
Well, I am. And I have the ultimate character reference - HF and Volvoman ! Doesn't get more secure than that. Although I do deny anything they say about me !

I'm also sure that MM is who he says he is; Dynamic Dave certainly is; Growler has got to be, you couldn't make that up.

On the other hand, if someone chooses to adopt another persona in here, then I don't see the harm in it.

Regional Backroom Meets - Marcos{P}
Mark,

The amount HF drinks I'm not sure she's a reliable character reference.
Regional Backroom Meets - GRowlette
Big G told me about the meeting and we went to Handle Bar and we had some food and drinks. Bafta he didn't show. I'm looking at the pictures and HF you are maganda-naman that's beautiful in Filipino.

Best wishes

Growlette (aka Catrina)

Regional Backroom Meets - HF
Growlette/Catrina - thank you very much, that is very sweet of you.

Growler had told us you were going to the Handle Bar, so we raised a glass to you both in your absence. :)

HF
Regional Backroom Meets - frostbite
some of the backroomers are not
who they say they are.


OK, I am an international sex symbol and I didn't want to chance HF swooning all over me and upsetting Rob.
Regional Backroom Meets - Mark (RLBS)
Or Rob swooning all over you and upsetting HF !!
Regional Backroom Meets - Ian (Cape Town)
OK, I am an international sex symbol ...


Me too.


Ok, only the international bit is true!



BTW, Mark how's the floods? (see my earlier John Belushi reply!)
Regional Backroom Meets - Mark (RLBS)
remind me how put a picture in some place where everyone can see it, and I'll try and post a couple.
Regional Backroom Meets - Mark (RLBS)
p.s. "John Belushi reply" ??
Regional Backroom Meets - No Do$h

Will start a thread for a Beaulieu meet later tonight. And I feel a picture has to be added when I have 5 minutes at home (rather than in this god-foresaken hotel) just to prove my existence.

ttfn! I\'m off to get wet on the River Nene.

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Regional Backroom Meets - Ian (Cape Town)
Yes, John Belushi!
Here it is again, and rather apt, in your situation...
[and also contains no less than FIVE motoring references!]

"I ran out of gas! I got a flat tire! I didn't have change for cab fare! I lost my tux at the cleaners! I locked my keys in the car! An old friend came in from out of town! Someone stole my car! There was an earthquake! A terrible flood! Locusts! IT WASN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!"
- John Belushi as "Jake Blues" in The Blues Brothers
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - NorthernKev {P}
I couldn't afford it. I'm a student with no money, at all.

I would have come, i'm not afraid of who I am or what people think of me.

Well done to Dan for organising it and to the peeps who attended, sorry I couldn't be there.

I'll try to make one at some point but off to Aberdeen uni so that may put the stops on that idea for a bit...

Kev
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - DeeJay
The question was asked elsewhere in this thread , but we still haven't been told how many people did turn up . It seems unfortunately that the date did clash with a number of events __ in my case with the Goodwood Revival meeting and nothing , absolutely nothing, takes precedence over that . Those of you who have been will understand. Well done though to those of you who did support the meet .
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Steve S
I have a mental picture of the backroomers - why let reality spoil it?
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Blue_nova
I was building a shed plus im new hear and did not know about such a meeting.
Well look at that
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - googolplex
In the interests of helping this thread along to its century of replies, I'll add my tuppence worth...

The back room is a great place to be social on the internet. If I want to go to be social in a pub I'll go to the local so I can drink and stagger back. Whilst I'm curious to find out what characters lie behind the smokescreens of their aliases, I'm not sufficiently curious to make a 200 ile round trip for an orange juice.
Hats off to Dan, however, for organising it and those who went. Hope you had a great time. I'll hopefully continue to enjoy your company in cyberspace and hope you don't hold my absence against me.
As for people hiding their true identity, isn't that part of the fun of it all?
Splodgeface
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Marcos{P}
Are you saying that maybe you dont have a face with a splodge?
Why I Didn't Show for The Backroom Meet - Altea Ego
And why would I lie about driving a Renault?
Why I Didn\'t Show for The Backroom Meet - Dynamic Dave
Er, I\'ve been otherwise engaged all week. Hopefully HF passed my apologies onto Dan as to why I couldn\'t make it.
 

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