August 01, 2005

Celebrity Gush...

The famous Dooce (who apparently the lucky BlogHer gals got to gush over): “You’re Heather Armstrong? Really? I thought you would be more…more sophisticated. More put together.”

I am sympathetic to her chagrin...but I have to admit something here.

I get really tongue-tied and tend to say really dumb things when I meet someone I admire. At a reading/booksigning for a famous book author, (a children's book author...who had written books I had by that point memorized and could recite in my sleep to a toddler) I said to this lovely lady. "I am so excited to meet you. Great reading. I didn't know you wrote REAL books" (she had read an older children's book selection and an excerpt from an adult book) ugh.

Then at a cocktail party at a rather wealthy big boss' home (the big boss who I can still gush about upon occassion for her very progressive BlogHer-like personality and goals): "Thanks so much for inviting us. I love your house, it reminds me of home with all the stuff stacked all over and the battered furniture"

To the poet laureate...great inscription, I never know what to write. Maybe you could give me tips. (She did actually.)

I could go on with examples...but I won't. Too terribly embarrassing for me.

I have to admit that as many times as I have foamed at the mouth...all were incredibly gracious. I always hope that they got that I was just overwhelmed and do such things under stress when expected to speak. From the other remarks regarding the Dooce celebrity at BlogHer, I expect Heather probably was as well though bemused at some, if not all of it.

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6 comments:

GraceD said...

Oh yah, the gushing. I did it to poor Mrs. Armstrong at BlogHer. But she was lovely, smiling, sweet...and a size two at the most.

Denise said...

I am thankful that I was not at that particular house, though I have always wanted to be there during the flashing and photo taking session, you are one embarrassing woman sometimes.

Shelly said...

did I ever tell you how I acted when I ran into Noah W. from ER, at the sundance film festival, I totally understand how you felt!

TW said...

Grace-
I am so glad you stopped by. I am also glad to hear the big celebrity was sweet and smiling! Thanks!
~TW

TW said...

Denise...
You are going to give folks the wrong impression. I definitely did not flash or participate in the phototaking.

TW said...

LOL Shelly. You hadn't! They should train folks better to deal with this situations in school. (hehehehe you know how much I love it when the schools do something that parents really should do.)