“That’s awesome! And you’ve been with him ever since?! That’s amazing!”
“No less ‘cool’ than your story,”
“True enough! So is Paul here too?”
“He’ll meet us there at the restaurant.”
The rest of the ride passed pretty quietly as we entered downtown Dublin. It was so crowded! I don’t mean with people – the layout of the city itself. The streets were small and tight and I was surprised that we didn’t hit the cars on the other side of the road! What I noticed right away was the foldable side view mirrors on the cars! Only some cars have those in Canada, but ALL cars had them here – it was because they would literally drive within inches of each other through the really narrow roads – so close that they would have to fold in their side view mirrors to fit! We squeezed into a parking spot, waited for Jackie to park and headed into the restaurant. I was surprised to see that it was a Chinese restaurant! We were probably in the most Irish part of Dublin (like it isn’t ALL Irish) and here in the middle of everything was this classy Chinese place! Awesome! Leave it to Jackie to find a place of home wherever he goes!
The waitress greeted us kindly and led us upstairs where he had a private section with two tables. It was a welcome lunch for Jackie with all of his Hong Kong crew for the movie. There were already a bunch of (no surprise) Chinese of people there when we arrived, all aside for one taller Caucasian man who I assumed was Paul.
I followed Jackie and everyone up and everyone seemed to forget about me as they shook hands and greeted everyone. It was like everyone was greeting an old friend they hadn’t seen in awhile. Finally Jackie waved me over and I met Gordon Chan, the director of the movie, his personal assistant, Jackie’s hair lady, an older Chinese lady and make-up guy, a trendy looking Chinese man and a few more people whom I later discovered were the AD’s (assistant directors) and PA’s (production assistants) of the movie. There sure are a lot of assistants in the movie biz! Then of course Brad introduced me to Paul.
“How you doing mate?” as he took my hand and shook it gruffly.
“I’m fine, thanks!”
“So you’re gonna be Brad’s roommate eh?” as he glanced over at Brad.
“I…guess?” unsure of what or how rooming was going to work.
“Oh? No one told you? Yeah, you’re going to be with Brad, I’ll be rooming with Exy over here,” as he put his arm around Exy and pulled him in with a jerk. Paul seemed, at any rate, more talkative and friendly than Brad but still had this rugged toughness about him that was intimidating.
“Oh, that’s great!” I was happy cause me and Brad had well, semi-bonded and I was excited to be rooming with such an experienced individual. I was excited to ask him all sorts of questions and learn as much as I could from him!
“Well I’m happy you’re happy, I can’t stand being his roommate,”
“Oh really, why?
“You’ll see,” as he chuckled and took a seat.