Meating Nick Offerman

What better way is there to ring in the month of Movember than by meeting the man with one of the most magnificent and iconic moustaches of all, Nick Offerman?

The actor (best known for his role as the straightforward and stoic Ron Swanson on NBC’s Parks & Recreation) recently assumed the role of an author with the release of his first book, Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living, a memoir of a man who appreciates meat, moustaches, and manliness, with many anecdotes, lessons, and illustrations on living the hard-working, non-conformist lifestyle.

This past weekend, the proud American ventured up north to visit his Canadian neighbours for a pair of afternoon book signings at Chapters/Indigo stores in Toronto and Vancouver. Chapters on Robson had the honour of hosting Offerman’s Vancouver stop on November 3rd, and hundreds of fans gathered to support his new book and briefly meat meet and greet the legendary man in person.

In the video above, Offerman welcomes the enthusiastic crowd, while suggesting that they enjoy the great weather and wilderness outside in lieu of the present event – humourous as ever!

This was my first time attending a book signing for someone whose work I’m a fan. In person, Nick Offerman is just as manly, collected, and outright hilarious as he comes across on television and in interviews. Although he was scheduled to sign for a brief two hours, he took the time to interact with every single person (I seeked his sage advice on what twentysomething trailblazers can do to carve their own path – to paraphrase, he said you have to find what you love and make money doing it) and to personalize the autographs (each with a different dedication – to mirth, to oak, to hobbits, etc.) He even had Offer-ings of bacon for the first few people in line (and it was delicious.). Overall, it was a highly random yet wickedly awesome experience!

Thank you to Nick Offerman for coming up to Canada, to the fans in line for making the wait enjoyable, and to Chapters Robson, Indigo, and Penguin Canada for making this all happen!

(Photography by yours truly, taken with the new Moto X from Rogers. You can view all of my photos on Flickr.)

One thought on “Meating Nick Offerman

  1. What an awesome experience! Nick seems like a really nice, warm, and well-rounded guy. I’m so glad you finally got to meet him! I like the advice he gave you too, and I’m sure you will truly cherish it. I really loved reading your post—an excellent recap of the event! It made me smile from ear to ear. Let me know what you think of the book! I might just have to pick it up for myself.

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