LAME CLAIMS TO FAME
Nearly everybody has a lame claim to fame. I have three: When I was 18 I met the Rolling Stones; I was once in the same queue as Malcolm Turnbull to buy a sandwich; I was once in the same bank queue as Mario Milano. Are you claims any lamer? Let's hear them.
I lived a block away from Lady Diana right before she got engaged. My Mom and I sat behind a guitarist in the Charlie Daniel's band on an airplane in the 70's. He and Mom chatted. My housemate's boyfriend was Jim Hagar (of the Hagar twin on Hee Haw-yes, huge age difference). He was very nice, if a bit dorky. Bought us starving grad students a lot of ice cream. He helped me pack my little U-haul at the end of the year, too.
Susan Sarandon was my baby-sitter when I was little. She was Susan Tomalin then. I don't remember her, but my parents did. She lived across the street and was the oldest of nine children. I briefly connected with her sister Missy on Facebook a few years ago.
I met Marcus Samuelsson two years ago at one of his restaurants in Harlem and shook his hand. We had a mutual friend.
About ten years ago I was sitting in a restaurant with a friend having dinner right next to the table of Daniel Day-Lewis and his family.
I found myself standing next to Whoopi Goldberg at the magazine rack in a Barnes & Noble in NYC about 20 years ago.
I was in an army band and we were supposed to play for GW Bush, but 9/11 happened and he didn't come to my base... I once met the guy who caught the football in the opening credits of Goonies... oh, and was married to one of the extras in My Name is Bruce, a Bruce Campbell movie... yup, all pretty lame ?
I ate breakfast with Lowell Weicker during his gubernatorial campaign and tried to talk him into backing a Progressive tax policy, as well as explain to him how to campaign on it
I sat on the floor next to and chatting with Noam Chomsky, eating off of paper plates. He had chicken.
I chatted with Daniel Dennett at, what do you think, dinner, after the opening of a graduate fellowship named after my mom; he had spoken of her as an example to aspire to and so I told him how he had started her career, which he had not known, and it delighted him.
I started to hug Sri Sri Ravi Shankar which was very inappropriate and was pushed away by the guys escorting him
But most specially, my last boyfriend made out with Madonna!
Helped roof the Kennedy house, saw Ted playing tennis on the courts.
Can't think of 2 more
Thought of another: stayed in the same hotel as Barack Obama when he was running for president. Omni in Richmond, VA. I came pretty drunk about midnight. Saw some Strange dudes in suits. Wandered past them. Found out a day later that they were secret service
Can't think of one more.....yet!