This past weekend, my dear sister Caitlin was in Los Angles visiting one of her closest friends - lucky little devil - and it proved to be quite an interesting weekend to be there, as I am sure you can imagine. With the passing of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett, craziness overtook Hollywood and my sister, always one to be a part of the action, made her way to Michael Jackson's star on the walk of fame.
She also went to famous beaches and saw many of the sights that Los Angeles is famous for, but it was her encounter at the Chateau Marmont that got me thinking.
Having lived in Southern California for three years, I can attest to the fact that there really are famous people walking around all over the place. While I was not very fond of the L.A. area and found it to be one of the strangest places that I have ever known, I will admit that I LOVED the celebrity watching.
Hello. My name is Jocelyn and I'm a celebrity-a-holic.
I really am. It is not something I am particularly proud of, but there is just something that I love about seeing famous people. And, lucky for me, I seem to have a knack for spotting them. Some of my favorite celeb sightings: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Ricky Martin, Joan Cusack, Justin Timberlake and Rosie O'Donnell, but this list does go on and on. There is, however, one realm of celebrity that I seem to totally have passed over - The Political Celebrity. Oh yes - they are in a class of their own really, for the political celebrity comes with it's own brand of notoriety. It is a fame based on service, or in some cases, circumstance and often has a hint of nobility attached to it. The Political Celebrity is not something I have encountered, except for once on an airplane and Oregon Senator Ron Wyden was sitting in the row next to me, but that is about it.
Alright - back to my sister and the Chateau Marmont...sorry I tend to digress. I am a verbose little son-of-a-gun! Due to circumstances that fall into the, "it's all about who you know" category, my little sister found herself dining at the Chateau Marmont which is probably one of the swankiest hotels in the USA. It is also a celebrity haven. A celebrity haven with a rule that pictures cannot be taken. Oh man - with a rule like that, you KNOW the celebrity watching is gonna be gooood.
So, Caitlin and her friends decided to use the rest room at the Chateau Marmont and they found themselves waiting in line behind a gaggle of slightly tipsy young women. Within a few seconds, my sister made the realization that two of the women in front of them were none other than Barbara and Jenna Bush, more commonly known as "The Bush Twins." My sister, who also loves a good celebrity sighting, started to get excited and tried to, in a subtle way, mouth to her other friends, "It's...the...BUSH...twins." One by one all of the girl's made the realization and so began the dance that I like to call, "Watch-everything-the-just-spotted-celebrity-is-doing-but-pretend-that-it-is-like-so-not-a-big-deal."
As my sister was retelling me this story, it was obvious that she danced the dance very well because she was telling me every little detail about how they looked (nice) , how they were acting (tipsy) and everything they did (uhhhh...went to the bathroom, washed their hands...I mean, the usual). But there was one thing that struck me as interesting and that was her telling me that as Barbara Bush (brown hair) was standing there waiting for her friends/sister, she was going through her phone. Her phone. The phone of a girl who's Father and Grandfather were both Presidents of the United States. The phone of a girl who lived in the White House. The phone of a girl who has access to some of the top officials in the entire nation. Just IMAGINE the numbers in that phone. It has got to be a pretty distinguished list of digits. Wouldn't you just love to have a little glance through it? A quick peeky-peek? I started thinking about what other celeb's phones I would love to have access to. Here is the list I came up with:
- Barack Obama - His phone list must be fascinating beyond fascinating.
- Oprah - Don't laugh. Okay, you can laugh, but I love Oprah and I always will. And she knows everyone, so I could celeb watch all day long.
- Jesus - Okay, so I know he didn't have a phone, but it would be interesting to know who he was chatting up back in the day.
- Cher - It would be a whole mish-mosh of madness I bet.
- Maya Angelou - I bet her phone is filled with some of the great visionaries of our day.
- Rania Al Abdullah (Queen of Jordan) - The numbers in her phone must be all over the board from this Queen who hails from one of the more moderate of the Middle Eastern countries.
- Leonardo DiCaprio - Actually, screw his phone list and just gimme his number. (Kidding baby - I still love you the mostest teeheehee)
I guess what I am getting at is that it is interesting to think about who is connected to who and how this world really isn't as big as it sometimes seems. Oh yeah, and world peace. And...and...and...THE CHILDREN! Don't forget the children! And hunger. We need to solve world hunger. And...oh, who am I kidding. This post was about as worthwhile as Spencer and Heidi Pratt. Don't know who they are? Then count your blessings. Otherwise just know that I apologize for the randomness of this entire post.
Sometimes I know not what I do. Cheers to you all :)