I was driving this morning and heard Brendan Cowell (BC) on Triple J. I'm no longer a regular JJJ listener, I think I have outgrown it, but sometimes I still dabble. Today was lovely because I really like Mr Cowell. He's a funny mite with a unique take on life. One of those low-vibe but engaged types. If I were better at friend stealing, Brendan and I would be friends. We're not, but there is a story. There is always a story.
I didn't realise that I had met BC actually. My husband had to remind me.
It happened like this. Alhough we didn't have Foxtel, I cottoned onto the whole Love My Way series via the DVD store. I would borrow a whole series and devour it. That was one hellova story.I was in. At one stage, during one of my marathon viewing sessions, The Geege said to me "I'm glad he made it. He was always such a funny guy".
He was referring to BC, who played Tom, the complete F!ck Up of the series (although, truthfully they were all pretty messy). I of course retorted with some comment about "how would you know?" at which point, The Geege informed me that BC used to visit our house in Summer Hill (back in the 1990s). Apparently he went to uni with one of our old flatmates and was a regular couch dweller at our place. Who knew?
I wracked my brain. Nope. No recollection. None.
Do I remember seeing him at any of our parties? No. I cannot remember meeting him at all actually.
How can you just forget someone? Especially someone who would go on to be a famous dude? Especially someone who you find so interesting to listen to when he is interviewed on the radio now? It seems strange.
I can remember all the other couch dwellers from that time. The couples, the artists, the musos. But no BC.
I still keep in touch with my old flatmate. The one who is friends with BC. They are probably mates on FaceBook and I could probably stretch back into BC's life if I were so inclined.
I love that I have this funny non-connection with BC. It makes me like him even more. But the truth is, I was already a fan before I knew that we were almost friends. He is a fine actor and a wonderful screen writer. Best of luck with the new flick BC. I will be out to watch it when I can.
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