Nearly a month ago, a post appeared on my Facebook feed. Singer/writer/artist Amanda Palmer jumped on board one of these “challenges” that seem to float around on social media. She leads off:
ok. i never play dumb internet games but everyone is playing this and it’s the apocalypse so ffs, i’ll play. what a fun way to humble brag about the amazing and glittery life i used to have before i just tended to chickens and hung laundry 24/7.
I thought, I could have written that myself. OK, I don’t hang laundry, but tending to chickens can be more than enough to suck up that free time.
I came so close to posting my own version on Facebook but, unlike Ms. Palmer (apparently), I don’t see virtue in humble bragging. Nevertheless, the list has stuck in my brain. It’s the chickens, yes. But it is also the fact that my own life has given me almost exactly the right number of celebrity encounters to make this work.
For those readers who know nothing about me, there can be no bragging nor humility. Of course, using what you know about me to “spot the lie” also becomes impossible. Oh well. The thing is, I don’t think I’ll feel at peace again until I’ve put this up somewhere.
So without further ado, here are 10 Famous people with whom I’ve had a face-to-face conversation.
One is a lie.
Guess which one.
- Kay Hanley (Letters to Cleo, voice of Josey and the Pussycats)
- Parker Stevenson (Hardy Boy)
- Hervé Villechaize (Da Plane!)
- Will Smith (Fresh Prince)
- Rand Paul (U.S. Senator, 2016 Presidential Candidate)
- Fat Mike (NoFX)
- Sean Bean (Ned Stark)
- Tom Berenger (Sgt. Barnes, Gen. Longstreet)
- Pete Conrad (Apollo 12)
- Mat McBriar (NFL Punter)
Since readers may have a very different idea of celebrity than I do, I’ve added in a description of why I believe they are famous. Just in case.
I have nobody, real or imagined, in common with Ms. Palmer. However, I can’t be sure, but I think I may have passed Uma Thurman once walking down the street. She waved (I was staring).