Monday, April 13, 2009
Spin Cycle Celebrity Style
Way back when, 1979 & 1980, I lived in Los Angeles, CA and worked in Beverly Hills. The land of swimming pools.....movie stars.
Trust me, not as exciting as it sounds.
One day, I needed to grab a few things at the drugstore down the street from the bank where I worked. A co-worker decided that she also needed a few things so we went together. Because, girls do that. Young girls especially. And were we ever young. I was 19.
We grabbed our few things (I can not for the life of me remember what they were, probably makeup) and stood in line behind this older gentleman (old for us). He was buying a case of rubbing alcohol. Strange but this was LA. People were strange in LA. Could be they still are.
My co-worker became very excited and started poking me with her finger.
Co-worker: "Michele, that's Jack Lemmon". She is literally bouncing. Bouncing and poking. Poking and bouncing. It was annoying.
Me: " Huh? Where?" Paying very little attention to those around me.
Co-worker: "The guy in front of you is Jack Lemmon. You know, the actor!!"
Me: "So it is". Trying to not embarrass myself or Mr. Lemmon.
Co-worker: "Say something to him" ,(said in a loud whisper)this was accompanied by more poking with a bit more bouncing thrown in.
Me: "Like what?" (said in a much quieter whisper) Poor Mr. Lemmon was looking back at us by this time with the cutest little smile on his face and a case of rubbing alcohol in his hands.
Co-worker: "I don't know. something". I thought she was going to pee her pants by this point.
Me (raising my voice just a little so he could hear): "I'm not exactly sure what you want me to say to him. What I'd like is for him to invite me to whatever party he's going to with all that rubbing alcohol". Making slight growling noise.
At this Jack Lemmon chuckled lightly, winked at me, picked up his case of rubbing alcohol and left. I didn't get my invite. I was bummed for just a minute. I consoled myself with the fact that I humored him just a bit.
That was one of my less embarrassing brushes with a celebrity. The year I spent in LA was a series of embarrassing moments so I count this as a high point.
If you'd like to get in on the wonderfulness of the Spin Cycle head on over to Sprite's Keeper's place. Jen's got it all together over there.