Arriving in Aldgate at about 10:30 we had a look around and found a pub next to the London Metropolitan Uni which opened at 11am. We were in and drinking at 11:07 which started our clock ticking.
At Blackfriars, a guy I've met a couple of times breify before joined us. Andy stayed with us all the way through to 'M' on the Alphabet Alcohol Challenge. Considering he originally was going to finish at 2pm or at 'G' so he could get ready for his Uni formal ball in the evening he did fairly well.
We met up at 'L' with my two pilot Meetees(?). Neil and James are both great people. They've help reassure me that the type of people who are up for Meet Matt Chapman are those crazy enough to get on with me.
They both wore their t-shirts proudly and I have word from James that he'll be wearing his to work on Monday. However, the five of us in MMC t-shirts attracted a fair bit of attention. Most of it was great. The older couple at our 'U' were really interested in both the AAC and MMC; they wanted their own t-shirts! All of the barstaff right round the trip were interested and enthusiastic. One landlord even poured us drinks after he had closed the bar and the staff and customers at Ickenham all wanted to know more!
It was fantastic having people interested in MMC. On the overground train we caught from central London out to our 'U' we got talking with some of the passengers. One mid-twenties couple were particularly enquisitive about it but there were a couple of teenage girls doing the typical chav confrontational thing... "Who the fuck is Matt Chapman?" "Why the fuck would I want to mee you?" etc. But consdiering they were trying to make my life difficult I think I did fairly well and made them pretty curious about the whole thing.
Throughout the day that was the only really negative bit about MMC. I'm so glad that lots of people were really interested and the way they all talked about the project amongst themselves and said "Goodbye" as we left trains makes me think that the project is unusual enough that it will work well!
Anyway, I'll write all about the MMC pilot on meetmattchapman.com as soon as I've finished coding the site. Any suggestions on content are more than welcome; What sort of details would make you take part?
As for the challenge, we did it. At precisely 21:57:43 we finished drinking our 'W' half pints. The entire thing took us 10 hours, 50 minutes and 43 seconds... Andrew was falling asleep but had battled through stubbornly wanting to quit at 'V', Richard was pretty drunk and has forgotten a great deal of the trip and I had to have a break in the loos to gag, on the verge of throwing up. But after splashing water over my face we got some "winners" photos taken and with beaming smiles, congratulated ourselves on a great achievement..
We met up with Arleen at our 'W' stop who took us to have a look around London. You can see where we went in the photo gallery. We ended up in an impressive wetherspoons and had a drink there. It was at that point I asked James and Neil just precisely what
were they doing in the middle of London, drunk with a total stranger wearing a t-shirt with their name on it. And I think that's what makes it so fantastic!
You can view the photos from the entire day by browsing over to the photo gallery
All in all, it was a fantastic and impressively successful trip! But Christ do I ache today! :-(