It Felt As Though I Had Skiied with Prince William Because I Saw a Picture of Princess Margaret in a Parka

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  1. Jazz says:

    Night Ranger? Stephen Colbert?

    Who me? Out of touch with celebrity? We must have a glass of wine – ok a bottle – so you can convince me of the inherent interest of celebrities.

    • Jocelyn says:

      Jazz, honey: I would never ask you to waste your brain cells on the dummies…but Stephen Colbert is SOOOOO up your alley. Try watching a few clips from his show on YouTube, maybe. He’s awesome.

  2. chlost says:

    I can totally relate. I have more than a few “close encounters” which I will repeat for anyone who will sit still for that conversation. Oh-one of them involves Al Franken.
    But you tell the stories so much better.

    • Jocelyn says:

      DOOOO tell! I love a Brush with Greatness story.

      • chlost says:

        We’ve actually met Al and Frannie (ah, yes, we are on a first name basis, you see!) at several political events. They are great. We have several photos with them as well. There are other good brushes, as well, but I will limit my regaling to one story only.

  3. kmkat says:

    Does it count if #1 Son saw Michael J Fox eating in his (#1 Son’s) favorite taco joint near the hospital in NYC? (Said hospital is world-famous for Parkinson’s treatment; presumably that is why MJF was there.)

    • Jocelyn says:

      Yes, kmcat, yes, it does count. This means, of course, that I now count among my celebrity coups the fact that someone who reads my blog has a son who saw MJFox and his son eating tacos, which, in turn, means I’m the president of Mexico.

  4. When I was growing up I was so frequently mistaken for either Jodie Foster or Tatum O’Neal I actually started signing autographs. In Santa Monica the brushes with celebrity are frequent, so one tends to become a bit jaded.

    But if a flower your husband potted shows up in The New York times I will certainly consider that you’ve had a brush with greatness!

  5. Christina says:

    Ok Luv, this has got to be one of my favorites so far! You are just my brand of crazy. You and Diane HAVE to talk, I’m tellin’ ya. Not to make you jealous or anything, but I am the person I am today because of my close connection to Ruth Gordon, of ‘Harold and Maude’ fame. She took me under her wing and transmitted her wisdom and love of life only shortly after I sat behind Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) on a plane to Hobart. He sat in coach, and ordered the vegetarian meal, by the way.
    And my musical genuis? Well that comes from the artist formerly known as Prince, of course. The fact that one of his bodyguard’s daughters attended my highschool (and did a rousing rendition of 1984 in a sexy bodice for a pep rally one time) only planted the seed of talent in me. It came into full blossom when I worked at an accounting firm where my musical mentor had his taxes done. (No, I didn’t actually TOUCH his return, but I did touch the guy who did them….)

    • Jocelyn says:

      Christina, I couldn’t have asked for a better comment from you. I kind of think anyone who has a Cat Stevens plus a Prince connection with fame should adopt me. Because then it’d be like I’m Sheila E. or something.

  6. Deborah says:

    I can’t compete with this, Jocelyn. I don’t think seeing Roger Moore’s wife (at Calgary airport) from behind at 100 paces counts for anything. And I might even have been hallucinating.
    Couldn’t help but think of Vicki and Mr P while reading this, and how they might only end up in the annals of the Turkish Legal Reveiw, sans petunias.

    • Jocelyn says:

      Roger Moore’s wife’s behind qualifies as an AWESOME celebrity sighting, Deborah. And, yes, Laura’s situation is distinctly different from Vicky’s, probably due to her having a Turkish partner who does the talking and negotiating and overseeing of workers.

  7. Friko says:

    Well, seeing that I don’t know any of your famous people, I am probably way out of your league. Famous is as famous does, after all.

    But I, and I mean this most sincerely, have actually shaken Prince Charles’ hand, and had a conversation with him of no less than 8-10 minutes. And I also saw Princess Diana from a distance of about 2 metres, except she had her back turned to me.

    As for musicians and opera singers, I’ve lost count of the number who have been fortunate enough to have made my acquaintance.

    Luckily, unlike you, I am not a name dropper; a very ill-mannered habit, you know.

    By the way, ‘my’ castle has about as watertight a roof as the dwellings in the flickr film surrounding your friend’s fancy house. You could come, of course, but bring your own umbrella.

    • Jocelyn says:

      “Ill mannered” might define me perfectly. However, when I move in to your damp house, I promise to fake good behavior for at least a week.

  8. I saw Burt Reynolds in the Minneapolis airport. He held a big envelope with his name on it. And, I saw Richard Nixon wave when my mother dragged me to the Denver airport. Maybe Billings was his next stop.

    Laura’s house is beautiful. I’m glad you found her, and how cool – I have a scoop on the NYTimes.

  9. Choochoo says:

    when i was little, i once met a famous singer that mum was a die-hard fan of. I was sitting in a sandbox, irresistable to passing celebrity, of course. She came up to have a chat. I knew I wasn’t supposed to talk to strangers, so I shut my little mouth like a clamb and completely ignored her. That was the one time my mum was a bit disappointed that her kid was very unlikely to get inside someone’s van to see their imaginary puppy.

    • Jocelyn says:

      You and your mom should have worked out a secret signal that meant “This one time, Choochoo, I want you to be nice to the stranger; but every other time, scream your little lungs out.”

  10. sweffing says:

    I feel very inadequate in such august company – no fame has rubbed off on me. But I have recently met some wonderful, famous British flautists, does that count?

    Love the pix of Laura’s gaff, but what about water? Is it ever rationed or are there plenty of wells and springs around?

    • Jocelyn says:

      Good question about water! There are a fair number of natural springs around, so it doesn’t feel as egregious to see a hose at work here as it does, say, in Las Vegas.

  11. lime says:

    woe is me, common among common…no brushes with fame to elevate me but that house and its setting…gorgeous. i am consoled.

  12. I’m not sure you should admit to having worn gauchos. Seriously.

    I don’t know who Night Ranger is, but I often wonder about the whole concept of friending celebrities on FB and or being co-twits with them or whatever the appropriate phrase is. I feel less special when I’m just one of many followers, which is why I generally prefer just regular people.

  13. pam says:

    My brushes with fame, all in my twenties. Elton John at Heathrow Airport, a mafia don in Philadelphia (long story, and does it qualify?), and I went to a concert once by myself of internationally renowned pianist Roger Woodward at the state Festival Theatre. The man sitting next to me asked at the end of the concert if I would like to go back to his dressing room and meet him. He was a music critic.We were all so young then! I doubt I’d be asked back anywhere these days! Overdue for a celeb. encounter – might help if I got out more!

  14. Pearl says:

    Oh, Joce, I just love you so much.

    …As Galileo knew early on, it’s human nature to stare at the stars…

    I helped Ziggy Wilf (owner of the MN Vikings) find a diet Sierra Mist at a graduation party last weekend. We’ll probably get married. You’ll be invited, of course.


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