In my head I kept thinking, Don't sound like a crazy stalker ... so I didn't mention that I've seen NIN over 25 times (most recently in Barcelona with David last year), I didn't mention that my first tattoo was the NIN logo (and that I have two NIN related tattoos overall), I didn't mention that two of my prized possessions are pieces of keyboards that he destroyed in concert that I was lucky enough to procure after he threw the pieces into the audience ... yeah, there is a lot that I didn't spew out to him for fear that he'd run away from me as quickly as he could. Instead, at Darion's prompting, I introduced myself as a "big fan" and told him that it was an honor to meet him. HE asked ME if I had just seen Cloverfield and we talked about how we liked it for a bit ... then I got to take the pic, shake his hand and let him go. He was so nice, so friendly and was just really cool to finally get to meet. Despite the blasé look on his face in the pic (I've seen other fan photos with him and he always looks this uninterested) he was a very smiling and friendly guy. I find it strangely coincidental that we were both wearing almost the same clothes -- similar pants and jakcets -- what are the chances that we would be at the same theater to see the same movie at the same time? Hahahaha. I was so freaked out ... I'm not sure I can convey what it meant to me to get to meet Trent Reznor. His music played a huge role in my life (still does) and really defined a very significant time in my life.
I was pretty elated and shocked for most of the night and there was no way I wasn't gonna share my encounter with the world.
UPDATE: Trent Reznor updated the latest post at NIN.com regarding Cloverfield. Here is the full text of his post:
19 January 2008: Cloverfield!
What are you reading this for? Go see it!!!
posted by Trent Reznor at 8:04 PM.