Thursday, November 29, 2007

I Have No Autographs ... I Have No Pictures ... I Have Nothing!

I have never really met anyone famous.

How can I be as old as I am, and never have met anyone - famous?

Maybe it is because I am not very observant or that I am slow moving.

At Alexis' gymnastics class recently, I was sitting in the waiting area and noticed three women talking. They were sitting in the row of chairs just in front of me. One of the women (a rather athletic looking type, with brown hair, small build, tanned skin, busty chest and beefy arms), suddenly pulled out a little flier and handed one to each of the other two women. Being the nosy-body that I am - I peered over their shoulders to see what it was.

Guess what it was? You could not possibly guess, so I will tell you. It was this flier like thing that had the "beefy" woman's picture on it - her, and all THE SURVIVOR CONTESTANTS FROM THE SECOND SEASON (I think she said the second season - I'm really not sure)! It had all their names and pictures on this glossy flier with the Survivor logo right at the top.

There she was (I didn't catch her name because I was too slow to jump into the conversation and ask) ... a real-live, reality TV star - right there in the gym just waiting for her kid to finish gymnastics. I know ... it wasn't like it was Madonna or Ellen DeGeneres - but, she was sort-of a famous person.

I watch Survivor. I haven't watched every single season, and I must have missed the season she was on, because I didn't recognize her at all. I kept staring at her - trying to place her and it never happened. And ... I guess, she didn't do all that well after the show, as there she was sitting in that stinky gym ... with the rest of us nobodies.

On the upside ... I often imagine that I could be a contestant on Survivor. I think I have the stuff. Well ... aside from the fact that the one thing I would have to bring (when they give you a choice of bringing only one thing from home) would have to be a can of Pantene hair mousse. I could still eat bugs, build a shelter, make fire, dive off cliffs, traipse through mud with a giant boulder on my back, put together jungle puzzles, live with the mosquitoes and spiders and snakes and monkeys and wild hogs ... I'd just have to have my mousse, so my hair would look big on TV. I've thought this all out ...

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55 comments:

Bia said...

I love survivor and have wasted many hours daydreaming about being a contestant. I once almost downloaded an application, but my saner side won out. Was I absolutely nuts? I could never, ever go anywhere without a hair dryer. If I don't blow dry my hair I have Don King hair. Seriously. Even WITH a hair dryer I'm in trouble if there is a water molecule ANYWHERE in the vicinity! (and living in the south you can see where this could be a problem, with humidity, and all!). Nope, I'm content to watch survivor from the comforts of my living room and with my hair in place . . . sort of.

Dawn said...

I couldn't go without decent food for as long as the Survivor contestants do. If you ever do go on Survivor, I would love to watch- then I would feel like I "know" a famous person.

Lizzy in the Burbs said...

My husband, my mother and father in law and myself met Robert Conrad while we were on vacation in Kuai, Hawaii. I actually have a picture of him with his arm around my MIL standing on the beach, but she would kill me if I posted it, as she is in her bathing suit and probably wouldn't appreciate me sharing it with the whole world! That's the best I have to offer, haven't met anyone else famous! Maybe you'll run into this survivor woman again sometime at the gym? It could happen! :) Have a good one,hair mousse girl!

Family Adventure said...

You are much too nice to go on Survivor, Kellan. You have to be a backstabbing, meanspirited, crazy person to win...I think. This is based on watching a total of one season of Survivor (the first one - with the crazy naked man).

But how about Dancing With The Stars? Maybe they'll do one for blogging celebrities? You'd definitely qualify for that one :)

Heidi

Lucille said...

Neat story!

I hope you'll go to the survivor website and dig deeper and find out who she was!

I WOULD NEVER make it on Survivor. I'm way too high maintenance and I'd snap everyones head off not being able to edit before I speak!

BUT I'd vote for YOU if you do decide to go on!

:)

bermudabluez said...

I will vote for you too, Kellan! And I SO agree with you on the whole hair thing.

Becky said...

LOL, there you have it! People are people. Celebrities, no matter which kind, all put their pants on one leg at a time same as us.

Celebrity doesn't do much for me. My one claim to fame is running into Don King (the boxing promoter) in LAX airport one time, lol.

Personally, I'd love to run into someone really famous, and act like I don't even know who they are. Carry on an entire, mundane straight-faced conversation like they are just a regular joe, and see how they react. And then blog about it, of course, lol.

However, I'd love to see you on Survivor, Kellan! LOL! I'm WAAAAY impressed that you'd be able to eat bugs. LOL on the Pantene mousse, girl. You crack me up!

carrie said...

You'd kick butt on Survivor with your Pantene Mousse!! :)

Amanda said...

I don't think I could do Survivor. I'd love to have a go at The Amazing Race though. BUT, I don't want to partner my husband. He's too slow. I think I'd like to go with my younger brother even though we'd fight all the way. That makes for good reality TV don't you think?

Toni said...

On our honeymoon, my husband and I had a flight with Malcolm Jamal Warner (Theo from Cosby Show) and I just knew he was famous. I couldn't place him, though. The lady waiting on us as we exited the plane said, "OMG, Theo was on your flight. Did you get his autograph?" Of course not, 'cause I thought he was a rapper I'd seen on ET. That was the closest I think I have come to a famous person.

No way could I do Survivor. NO. WAY.

Mary said...

You could sooooo do it Kellan! I'd totally watch and vote for you!!

Funny story! I'm from the Boston area and when ever we go in town for dinner or what not, I'm always looking for someone "big"! The North End in Boston has some great restaurants and I always read in the news paper that so and so was at such and such a restaurant this past weekend. I'm always on the lookout.........what a dork, I know! Ha!

Valarie said...

I have thought many times about going on survivor. Mostly for the successful weight loss plan.
I am somehow a magnent to celebrities. I have met Courtney Cox and David Arquette, Hulk Hogan, Sharon Stone, Lance Bass, Wilmer Valderrama, and many, many more. I always seem to be in the right place at the right time. (mostly in Amusement/Theme parks.)

Katrina said...

Well you are a Southern woman, and ya gots to have your big hair! It's a law or something!

And you aren't a nobody. :o)

Suz said...

I've never met anyone famous either, but one of my students was on the Apprentice (second season, I think). It was strange, seeing him on my TV, remembering his face, and recalling his name. He didn't win, though, although I think he should have :-)

Summer said...

I once met and got an autographed picture from the blonde boy on Honey I shrunk the kids.
That's as close as I've come to someone famous-ish.

Melanie said...

I could never survive on Survivor. Unless of course it was taking place on a cruise ship or an all inclusive resort.

I wouldn't have recognized the contestant either.

btw- I don't know what took me so long, but I'm adding you to my blogroll.

Melissa said...

LOL! mousse, big hair is important. But how would you manage with no television?

Andrea said...

Hey...that was pretty close!! You ALMOST met a kinda famous person! :) hehe...maybe next time!

Don Mills Diva said...

I have met a lot of actors because of my work. Graham was 10 weeks old when I brought him on the set of Man of The Year. Robin Williams came over and cooed and pulled faces for like 10 minutes trying to make him laugh and he was STONE-FACED. Last fall when he was about a year I took him on the set of Hairspray and Michelle Phieffer came over and cooed at him. He got all flirty and then slapped and headbutted me, as if to impress her. Ya - thanks! (Believe it or not these movies were shot in Toronto!)

Sniz said...

Does it count if you SAW someone famous but were too embarrassed to speak to him? Back when 21 Jump Street was big, (before Johnny Depp was a household name), I saw him in line for a movie in LA. I was too star-struck to do anything about it though. But I told myself it was because I was above being one of those big-eyed girls who embarrass themselves by fawning over famous people. It worked.

EC said...

Hmmm... now I'm curious as to who it was! I was an avid fan of Survivor but have since stopped watching just based on the fact that it sucks now, lol. But I could totally see you on it! As long as they had a computer that you could use to blog every single day, only then I would let you go :-)

Cheeky said...

I have met a famous person or two in my time - One of my favorite is one of the original guitarists from Molly Hatchet. I sang with him. Yes, I did.

He was attending a small dinner party of a friend of mine. I was there too. It was cool. He was a really smart cool guy.

Now had he not told us what he did back in the day - I would have never known.

Andrea said...

I could totally picture you on Survivor -- and you'd WIN, hands down!! Big hair and all!!

The closest I've come to seeing a celebrity was walking past Rob Thomas (a contestant on "Canadian Idol") in the dust-buster aisle in Wal-Mart last year.

Leah said...

I am tempted to say I would rather die than eat bugs, live with strangers, be cold at night and hot during the day and thirsty and dirty and stinky and hungry. But truthfully, I'd rather not be dead. SO, in a life or death situation, I would choose Survivor over death. You must be made of some strong stuff to think you could or would do that! ha ha! I enjoy watching other people be miserable on that show, but have ZERO desire to be that miserable myself. EVEN for a million dollars.

tommie said...

HOw funny....I quit watching it after the first one...it honked me off that Richard won! I finally started watching again this season.

missy said...

Hi Kellan...just wanted to pop over here and thank you for stopping by my blog. Your blog is great!! I'll definitely be back. Oh, and by the way, I could never, ever be on Survivor!! I am a big baby if I even step an INCH out of my comfort zone!

Karen said...

I could never do Survivor. I've no desire to live without the comforts of my home. None.

As far as famous people, I've got the autograph of one of my favorite singers. We saw him in concert twice. The second time our son fell asleep and I ended up holding him on my lap while Sam took the other kids for autographs. I SO wanted to have the waistand of sleeping son's underwear signed just to embarrass him but Sam wouldn't let me.

Em said...

I am asuming survivor thing is like our celb get me out of here, I have been sat next to celb and not noticed!

Holly said...

I would love to see you on Survivor Kellan! I'd even watch that season and I never watch reality shows!

Victoria said...

Stronger, fuller hair? You would totally win Survivor with that working for ya. =)

I've been lots of music artists, a couple of actors, several athletes through my work endeavors. Yay!

Kami said...

I might actually watch Survivor if you were on it.... you and your mousse! How funny would that be?

:-)

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

I think Pittsburgh might just be the reality TV contestant capital of the world (Survivor's Jenna, Bill Cowher, Ordinary Joe, Timmy from Real World, Holly from Paradise Hotel, Sarah Kozer was on Joe Millionaire, Alison from Big Brother, and more). I used to travel a lot for work. Lots of time on airplanes makes for lots of reality encounters. I'm not one to be impressed by seeing/meeting a celebrity, but I really love watching other people try to figure out if so-and-so really is so-and-so. That's good fun right there!

the dragonfly said...

I love Survivor, and I sometimes wish I could be a contestant...but it would never work. I'm allergic to shellfish, so what would I do if the only thing to eat was crab or clams or whatever? *sigh*

Lynne said...

These comments are interesting. What is it with airports and planes? On our honeymoon we were on a flight with Ivander Holifield.

My husband sees celebreties a lot in airports. He sat by an Atlanta ABC anchorwoman on a flight from Orlando and saw Barry Bonds in the Delta Crown Room, etc... He's not very star struck. Maybe that's why he sees so many.

My only other encounter was with Peter Reckel (Bo Brady from Days of Our Lives). When he was on break from the show he did community theatre in Peoria, IL (of all places) and I lived close at the time. A bunch of girls took our landlord for her 75th birthday. She was more excited than any of us. It was fun. We got to get pictures with him after the show.

suburbancorrespondent said...

I saw Woody Allen on the street once when I was visiting Manhattan.

That's it.

Oh, and I know the drummer that toured with Bruce Springsteen on his last tour. Makes me dizzy just thinking about it.

joan said...

Girls have to have their stuff! I don't think I could do survior except it might be a good way to lose weight. LOL I don't know what I would bring with me, I'm a toothpaste freak so I wonder if they would let you bring that.

shay said...

I've never met anyone famous either. Well I don't think I have anyway...cuz like you, I'm not really that tuned in lol.

I wouldn't have recognized these ladies either not being a survivor watcher:)

I am lmao at your thing about the mousse. I can only imagine how big my hair would be, with all the dirt and grease! I DO NOT have the survivor stuff. I know this already.

Nicki said...

It is ALL about the hair! I've never watched Survivor, nor could I ever do a lot of the things you mentioned. You are a whole lot stronger than I!

Hetha said...

My dad and has met (and hung out with) Alice Cooper. I have been alone in an elevator with Jimmy Fallon, and he actually flirted! LOL!

I'd last about 10 minutes on Survivor I'm afraid.

The Stevens Family said...

Funny situation with me is I used to hang out with C.C. Sabathia (a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians). He played minor league ball around me and he used to come in to where I work and play video games and have a good time. I used to play with him and I had been to his apartment numerous times. My mom kept telling me to get his autograph and I kept asking why and a week later he was called up to Buffalo and not long after that he was with the Indians. The rest is history and I am still kicking myself.

And, I wanted to thank you for your kind birthday wishes on my blog today...Best bloggy friend..."BLUSHING"!

Michelle O. said...

Hi Kellan,
My email wouldn't let me send a reply to you, so I thought I'd visit your blog & say hi back :) Thanks for stopping by & saying hello. I'm going to read through some of your recent blogs & probably comment, since it's fun :)

Stacie said...

ha, I probably wouldn't recognize her either.

My husband and I were sitting in our dmv one day, he nudges me with his elbow. "do you know who that IS?" "NO." I replied. He says, "that's Ron Kittle"...yep, I can see on your face that you don't know who that is either. Apparantly, he was on the White Sox baseball team some many years ago. whooopdeeedooo. I was not impressed and he was practically peeing himself.

Michelle O. said...

You should totally apply for Survivor. I'd tune in just to see you with the hair mousse & big hair on tv. It'd be great :)

lisa said...

do it! go on Survivor and bring your mousse. or how about the Amazing Race. that's another good one.

so did you google her and go back to all the suvivor episodes on line to find who she was?

I met Rupert. :-)

Pam said...

Uhm, I think you already are playing survivor..that at home version! Survivor- the mother version! Being a mom mean there is no bug or crazy stunt you can't defeat - so in my book, you already won!

Have a great night!

Aliki2006 said...

I don't watch Survivor, but I have to say I'd like to think I would be a survivor if I ever ended up on that show--I'm pretty resourceful!

McSwain said...

Come out to L.A.--you just have to hang out in the right part of town, and you'll see "famous" in no time at all. Having worked in what we call "the industry" out here, I've known lots of the famous. They're no different than anyone else--just richer and more recognizable. :)

Kari & Kijsa said...

Who was she???? We are big Survivor fans...we have watched every season except the first one....please...we want to know!

smiles, kari and kijsa

InTheFastLane said...

dude! I am watching Survivor RIGHT NOW! If i didn't have three kids I would so totally be there.

Goldberry said...

I know people who know people who are famous, but that's as close as I get. And I never have asked to meet the famous person out of respect, but OH how I wish I could...

Sharon said...

Well being from Louisiana I already have experience with the mosquitoes. Not fun. We do eat bugs already--mud bugs. (crawfish)
But there is just something about knowing I can not wash my hair everyday and shave--I don't think so. I think I would be begging people to vote me off.
And then how to deal with the celebrity? There is a woman I know who was on Survivor. She is still not over it and it was about three years ago. Can you imagine how disappointing to go in some place and think everyone should know who you are and they don't?
She is stuck--sad.

thirtysomething said...

My kids and I watch Survivor every Thursday. It is a tradition now. We started the second season I think. But I know that I could not do it. The hot and stink would be too much for me right there, let alone eating bugs. Nope.
Hmmm..wonder who it was...
The Pantene hair mousse made me laugh. I hear you, I really do. ;)

Bren said...

cool! I've watched every Survivor but I probably wouldn't recognize anyone other than Probst. Well, maybe Boston Rob or Rupert.

girlymom said...

And you think a mouse is bad!! I couldn't do Survivor, too many bugs. Depending on your mousse type, maybe that would be a good bug spray!

Never realized how close mouse and mousse are spelled, huh- coincidence?

Zoe said...

the survivor diet would so rock. but i couldn't do the food challenges. and i would have to pluck my eyebrows and shave my pits everyday. no matter what.

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