Thursday, December 4, 2014

For No Good Reason

I thought it might be interesting to list every celebrity I've seen at short-range since I've been in LA.

Criterion for 'seen' is: being near enough to be able to walk up and touch them.

In roughly chronological order:

-Carol Burnett
-Barbara Streisand, James Brolin
(same restaurant same night, both people, different tables)

-Dustin Hoffman

-Warren Beatty
(restaurant, wearing blue seersucker and looking plump)

-Heidi and Spenser
(no longer celebrities, I know, but at a Mexican restaurant--we had to sign release form to go into room where they were, b/c they were still on some reality show)

-the guy who plays Toby on the office
(at a stoplight near our old apartment, walking)

-David Caruso
(at a restaurant, at the next table.  I thought he was NOT David Caruso, and kept telling my wife how much the sad broken man sitting with the woman who was clearly a prostitute at the table next to us resembled David Caruso.  She kept making "shut it" motions at me.  Until I realized--it was David Caruso!

That was fun!)

(at my park, going to walk)

-Jack Black
(at my park, dropping off kids for soccer)

-Dave Grohl
(at a Barnes and Noble, holding one of his kids on his shoulders, wearing flannel)

-Pauly Shore
(I know, he's not really a celebrity.  But he was on a Southwest flight with me).

-Gene Simmons
(at our OLD favorite Italian restaurant, with his much younger wife.  Trying to read menu in dark by light of iPhone.)

-LeAnn Rhimes--at our NEW favorite Italian restaurant.

-Harry Hamlin--also at our NEW favorite Italian restaurant.

-Hank Baskin (but without Kendra!)
at the airport flying to LA, from Santa Fe


This feels light.  I can't recall all of them right now, but none are very interesting.  But when I think of more, I'll update.  Don't worry!


Dezmond said...
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Dezmond said...

This list would be much more interesting if you made it a habit to confront each of them obnoxiously and criticized their work, and then detailed here how each reacted.

ANCIANT said...



I have a very very short list of "celebrities that I would actually interrupt" if I saw them. I.e: people I would bother. So far, I haven't met one of those people.

Hank Baskin was shoulder to shoulder to me at the baggage carousel, at LAX. And I really had nothing to say to him, so I kept quiet (but people did come up to him and talk about his 'career')

What should I have said?

"Hey, man, just my opinion, but if you're going to wreck your marriage and cheat on your wife, at least stick with a woman. That's my thought."

I didn't say that, though.

JMW said...

I've been meaning to do this for my sightings in NY, and now I'm afraid I would forget many of them. We have overlap with James Brolin and Dustin Hoffman.

Cartooniste said...

I used to have a list of similar celebrity sightings from when I lived in New York. But that was a long time ago, and it feels like it happened to someone else, and the only really impressive one I remember is Barbra Streisand.

Also, I saw Jonathan Winters once while eating with my great aunt at her golf club. I was surprised, because I thought he was dead. Now he is dead.

Also, I'm sad you didn't call us when you came to Boston.

ANCIANT said...

I thought you lived in upstate NY?

Otherwise I would have called.

Also, I've thought of a few more sightings

1) the guy who plays the sports reporter in "Ron Burgundy", at a Walgreens
2) Jose Canseco, playing poker in Las Vegas (I actually played a hand with him)
3) John Taylor, Duran Duran bassist
4) the guy who plays the old man, Leonard, in "Community" at the grocery store.

ANCIANT said...

Oh--one more--Sarah Hyland, the oldest daughter on "Modern Family." Eating with friends at a salad place in the valley.