I got my money's worth.
While he talked, I thought to myself, "This guy's definitely going in a book." If you're a writer, how often to meet someone and think "I know just the story for you"?
And as an aside, I'm finding odd inspiration in that chicken joke. I've done a few things this year just to prove I'm not chicken (although I am...BIG CHICKEN HERE). It's another funny coincidence how people come along and say the words I need to hear, friends who send encouraging words at just the right time. If you need a shot of confidence today (because I definitely do), I say go for it. Cross the road. Give it a shot. Sit down to write the characters in your head. Hit SEND! And don't stop in the middle, whatever you do! (Note: this last part is mainly directed at me. The dreaded middle is so dreadful, is it not?)