First time I met Happyintas on the ride I was just starting the ascent to Elephant pass. I'm struggling along, grinding away in a low gear, panting like a steam train, concentrating all my effort on thinking "I can do it" when a voice asks if I'm a forum person. We introduce ourselves, me trying to exchange the grimace on my face for a smile, and Happyintas attempts to make conversation with me. Unfortunately I am too busy just trying to breathe so after a few minutes he gives up and whizzes on his way.....
Second time we meet is at the end of day 4 - I'm mentally & physically exhausted after 4 days of hill climbing. I try to book a massage to no avail, am on the verge of having a dummy spit for absolutely no good reason, decide I MUST have a can of coke and a sit down, so wander into a cafe, only to find that it doesn't have any coke!!! At this moment, poor Happyintas pops up and says hi! From memory, I think I mutter something about "all I want is a bloody coke", say hi, snarl and head on my way.......OMG - I think later - he must think I'm such a rude b*tch!!!
Third time lucky - thank goodness - we meet when I am nice & relaxed in the Cafe de Canvas and have an enjoyable chat over a cold drink (and I am able to apologise for our previous meetings)
All's well that ends well!