Saturday, March 11, 2006

the spud guy

Last night I went to a cheese and wine talk, where John van de Ruit, the guy who wrote Spud, knocked me off my feet.

Contrary to popular belief, he is not Spud. And his dad isn't as insane as depicted in the book.
He is also a helluva good looking guy. Nothing short of a perv session for me really. Nice open face, funny. He had a cherry on his arm though, so when it came to talking to him, I let my Michaelhouse mates take over.

However, am grumpy. Traffic in this city has increased exponentially, to the point where the 8 kilometres I travel to work now takes me 30 minutes. I heard somewhere that 350 000 new cars enter Johannesburg each year. It shows. I am now stuck in traffic jams where I never had to even slow down before. With this swamp in cars and taxis, comes rage, and by the time I get to work, I'm frazzled. Quite frankly, bring on the Gautrain. Because I'm certainly going to use it.

24 comments:

Billy said...

Where was the cheese and wine with Mr Spud?

Peas on Toast said...

Was held at Crawford College (?) in Sandton. Got tickets through a mate that is part of a writer's organisation.

Billy said...

Nice, hear any mention of a sequel?

Peas on Toast said...

Actually yes, he's busy writing Spud 2 funnily enough.
I personally think its a bit soon. People are still lapping up the first book. But it'll probably only come out next year.
Didn't say too much about it except that he's worried because sequels never do as well as the real thing (true in most cases) and he mentioned that the Mermaid breaks up with Spud, and he's very depressed because he gets completely involved with his characters.

sheldon said...

...joburg traffic hey... what a friggin blast!!! My 10 odd Ks on the N1 takes me about 30minutes. But some uber ill house tunes at high volume, the hope that I will see the orange Lambo Gallardo coming of W.Nicol again and the comedy that frustrated drivers provide keeps my straight fresh! Did I mention people that a frustrated drivers that are also retards can provide comedy?

One time I edged forward about 0.001276 seconds to late and the obviously clinically insanely retarded chick (she was fat!) behind me almost had a hernia I think. So I just stopped right there and watched her boil... amazing!

Peas on Toast said...

Had I been in a better mood, I would've laughed at that too. :) Usually I try and space out and kust go with the flow.
My tunes are always pumping and I'm one of those freaky people that sing loudly along as well.
William Nicol is a nightmare though. When I lived in Fourways, I was a very frazzled out bitch of a girl. So I moved. But to no avail.

sheldon said...

...ag not cool that you is not in a good mood china! It is friday you know and by that I mean it is friday.

Hope it gets better.

Peas on Toast said...

It's Friday yes. And not a moment too soon. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi there, came accross your site - thanks to Cherry trying to put it into your back.

Love your honesty!

Noodweer

Peas on Toast said...

Thanks Noodweer. Contrary to what people say, honesty can get you into an awful lot of trouble. :)

Antoine said...

I am going to indulge in a little ("you think you have it bad")ness here. Africa has wonderous roads planning. Accra grows by around 20% per annum iro "new" cars on the road. It takes around 3 hours to get from East Accra to West Accra in order to travel up country. Thats if you leave after 6am. Leave before 6am and it takes 15 minutes. No Jokes!

U drive sans a decent radio station (BBC is NOT decent) and everyone pushes in wherever they can. Two lanes of road carry four lanes of cars and the street vendors, broken down trucks and pot holes makes for a fun start to a 6 hour trip (320km).

The best part however is when I do return down south for my R&R I continue to drive Ghana style for a few days, which will one day see me looking down the business end of a taxi drivers "legal" weapon.

*warning* danger in taking over Peas blog entry

Peas on Toast said...

Antoine, you win.

I cannot possibly compete with that mate. The post is yours :)

Anonymous said...

Noodweer, why do you think Cherry was trying to put it into peas back?? Weird assumption.

Peas on Toast said...

I read Cherry Flavas post as well. If it's the one I'm thinking of, I was flattered by what she'd written.

*confusion?*

Anonymous said...

Not the best choice of word from my side "Putting into your back" I was refering to the friently competition before the awards. No offence!

Noodweer

Peas on Toast said...

No offence taken. :)

zuzula said...

cherries?

i'm lost...

Peas on Toast said...

Zu - ha ha. Go to www.cherryflava.com, scroll down where you see a picture of a collective of peas...and read. Flattering stuff really, especially where she said she feels a book deal coming on.

I laughed out loud!

Sarah B said...

Cherryflava blew your cover (!) ;/>

Peas on Toast said...

Yes she did. But so did Joblog.
But I'm glad they did.

Anonymous said...

By the way all, Cherry is actually a boy .... cherryflava is written by Jonathan Cherry hence 'Cherry'

sheldon said...

...now I hate (not really) to throw a spanner in the works here but isn't Cherry Flava a guy?

Peas on Toast said...

Sorry my bad.

I haven't been a regular reader of Cherry's until last week sometime.
Apologies to you Cherry guy for the gender mix up.

Rich...! said...

rats, I'm sorry I missed it, loved the book...!