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Yesterday I flew to LA, after just being there on the weekend and sighting a few minor celebrities. (See yesterday's blog post.) This time I was traveling with my wife, and I was alert to spotting additional celebrities, or at least people who looked like celebrities.


After we got off the plane in LA, we ended up on the escalator behind a guy who seemed to be someone important. He wore clothes that you can't get in Macy's, and a haircut you can't get at Supercuts. We guessed he was an ultimate fighter type, based on his build and the way a guy in a business suit was sucking up to him. I just found his picture on Google Images to confirm who he was. Apparently he's one of the most famous ultimate fighters, Tito Ortiz.


http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Gallery/Fighting/2007/07/08/Ortiz3.jpg



Later in the afternoon, back at the airport, we got in the Southwest Airlines ticket line to try and get an earlier flight. I noticed that the guy in front of us looked a little like actor Danny Glover, but older and scruffier. For fun, I decided to tell my wife it was indeed Danny Glover and let her enjoy the thrill-by-proximity until she realized I was full of shit. So I discretely tapped out the message on my Blackberry: "You are behind actor Danny Glover" and showed it to her. Shelly wasn't going to fall for that, and dismissed it quickly. After all, the guy in front of us was schlepping his own bags, shabbily dressed, and standing in line at Southwest with the common people.  He clearly wasn't movie star material.


But when we got a glimpse of his full profile, it sure looked like Danny Glover. I convinced myself it really was. Shelly noticed the initials on his luggage were DLG. As we walked from the ticket area to the gate, she suggested I use my Blackberry to figure out what Danny Glover's middle name is, to confirm the initials. I argued that the odds of spotting a guy who looks like Danny Glover, in a city where Danny Glover works, boarding a flight to an area where Danny Glover lives (The Bay Area) with two-out-of-three confirmed initials for "Danny Glover" on his luggage was sufficient confirmation. Shelly wasn't so sure.


Coincidentally, we ended up next to this potential Danny Glover fellow as we lined up in our designated waiting place at the gate. He was on his cell phone talking in a perfect Danny Glover voice to a business contact about his next movie that begins production in September. I asked Shelly if she still needed me to check his middle name, but she was now ready to accept this as a bona fide celebrity sighting.


The interesting part was watching the reaction from the other passengers and flight crew to this huge star: none. As far as we could tell, no one else in the terminal was aware of his existence. Or if they were, they weren't letting on. Maybe that's how they roll in LA, where there is a celebrity on every corner.


All I know is that when we returned to my celebrity-free suburban town, I felt a little empty knowing it could be weeks, even months, before I saw another famous person from a distance. I already miss my good friends Tito and Danny.

 
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Jun 17, 2008
Sweet! This would be a carbon-neutral way of powering our vehicles, too. But we still have to figure out how to make our cars stop producing nitrogen compounds and carbon monoxide. Maybe some bacteria could be engineered to eat nitrogen compounds and carbon monoxide and poop out Clif bars.
 
 
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Jun 7, 2008
Listen, blog moderator, C-I-R-C-U-M-S-P-E-C-T is NOT a swear word!
Sheesh.
 
 
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Jun 7, 2008
Aaaargh!
It's "discreetly", meaning !$%*!$%*!$% or tactful. "Discretely' means separately or individually distinct.
I know, you're not the only one misusing it, but we expect more from the smart ones.

 
 
Jun 4, 2008
Wow, since the new site launch nobody posts anymore. It feels like the first time!
 
 
Jun 4, 2008
At last I found out why sometimes people stare at me without apparent reason: I must be a celebrity.
 
 
Jun 4, 2008
I saw Danny Glover at the Oakland airport a few years ago. He was outside the luggage carousel, waiting for a ride. A regular looking sedan pulled up. He went outside, put his luggage in the trunk and rode away. Nobody seemed to notice or care. It was freaky, like he was a real person or something.

I think he simply managed to find that sweet spot where he's famous enough to be able to do interesting projects, support causes he believes in and make what most people would consider great money, but otherwise live a normal life. Good for him.
 
 
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Jun 4, 2008
When we flew from Melbourne to LAX in January of 2007, the guy from Snakes on a Plane was on our plane...!
 
 
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Jun 3, 2008
Last weekend we were in San Antonio people-watching in front of the Alamo when I glanced up at a tall bald black man walking quickly by. I said to my wife "That's Charles Barkley!". Then he said to his suited companion (handler?), "So I guess that's the Alamo." and I knew for sure. I jogged a little bit ahead of him to snap a picture and now I have my own celebrity sighting story. Apparently he was in town to commentate on the Lakers-Spurs game.
 
 
Jun 3, 2008
Danny Glover? Why would anyone pay attention to him? Yeah, that Gone Fishin' movie was like the best ever made. Now maybe if I was standing in the unemployment line and I saw him, then I'd notice. I'd even say, "Yeah, I figured I'd you see you here sooner or later"
 
 
Jun 3, 2008
davemount........sounds like your user name should really be "davemountscott"
 
 
Jun 3, 2008
I had a similar experience with Tom Skerritt boarding a flight to Seattle, but after convincing myself that it really was him, as I passed by his seat, I said, "I think 'Alien' was the best science-fiction movie ever made'", and he looked up, bewildered by the comment coming out of nowhere, and he thanked me.
 
 
Jun 3, 2008
I know of one celebrity in your suburban town. I've even been to his restaurant hoping to catch a glimpse of him.
 
 
Jun 3, 2008
My wife used to work at Southwest and went out to West Palm Beach Florida for business. The staff there had some very funny D-List celebrity stories. My favorite was where a few years ago, someone came up to the counter to check in. When asked for his ID, he said "Don't you recognize me?" The Customer Service Agent said "No. Should I?". He said, "I'm Doug Llewellyn". "OK...." "From the People's Court" They also said that Donald Trump has made a lot of stink about airport noise AFTER building his house in the flight pattern of the airport. That might explain the hair.
 
 
Jun 3, 2008
Hey! Your new blog doesn't allow cussing. What a !$%*!$% drag
 
 
Jun 3, 2008
Danny Glover's middle name is Lebern. He was probably wishing the freaky bald skinny guy and his wife wouold quit staring at him.

He's too old for that !$%*!
 
 
Jun 3, 2008
Being a resident of the LA area, the types of celebrities I usually see are character actors who appeared in something or other, a show or movie I cant' quite name, as a character I can't quite recall. But I know you'd know them too if you saw them. The area is full of them. For example, a few weeks ago I saw a guy at Starbucks who played a cop or something like a cop in Hill Street Blues. Yes, that show from when many of you weren't even born. I just found him on IMDB: Joe Spano. He has been in a million things since that show, although the only thing I recognize is "Apollo 13". This was a lucky one because I could actually remember a show he was in. Usually they are just faces without names, just a dim recognition without anything to substantiate their existence. I suppose, then, by definition, they are NOT celebrities, they are just actors.
 
 
Jun 3, 2008
If you can't get that cut at Super Cuts, what is it that they do there?
 
 
Jun 3, 2008
I'm almost positive that I was sitting one table away from Natalie Dormer (Anne Boleyn on The Tudors) while I was in Panama a couple of weeks ago.

Don't know why she would've been at THAT restaurant (so-so quality) but it IS located where the biggest yachts dock...

Even if it wasn't her, it was some nice scenery during my dinner. (Very sexy outfit...)
 
 
Jun 3, 2008
You should start talking to these celebrities under the pretense that you are casting for the Dilbert movie. Tito Ortiz seems like he could play Bob the Dinosaur.

http://www.notthisgod.blogspot.com
 
 
Jun 3, 2008
If they're not crapping on your head, most celebrities are like the rest of us. For example, when they have to pay for it themselves, they fly Southwest. When the company is picking up the tab, hire scantily clad surgically enhanced litter bearers to carry you to your destination. That's what expense reports are for.
 
 
 
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