Maybe Not

by Marinka on July 24, 2008

Back when I started this blog, you know, a month ago, I thought that I would carry my camera around with me all the time and take pictures of interesting things that I’ve seen and then post it on my blog and viola, instant post and instant fun. And what is better than instant fun? And don’t say instant mashed potatoes, because I was just starting to like you. I even had visions of participating in those Wordless Wednesday memes dancing around in my head, except I kept thinking of them as Wordless Wednesday Mimes, which made more sense to me anyway.

I even thought that because I live in NYC and constantly have celebrity sightings, I would ask the celebrity if I could please take a picture, they would be charmed by my politeness and would not only agree but befriend me, or at the very least would offer to babysit my kids or something. Because one polite turn deserves another.

The only glitch with the plan is that after a month of carrying the camera around, the beer can was the most interesting thing that I’d seen. The other glitch is that for some reason my camera weighs approximately 13,968 pounds and I was nearly paralyzed from carrying it.

So, last weekend, I ventured out without it. Well, in strict adherence with Murphy’s Law, I suppose that it could have been worse. I mean, JFK didn’t get re-assassinated right in front of me, so that’s something to be thankful for. But I did see Bebe Neuwirth in a drug store. And not only did I see her, I saw her when she and I and my daughter were the only people waiting in line and there was a lot of silence and boredom and I totally could have asked her for a photo. But then, standing in line behind her, I remembered that I was celebrity-phobic, ever since I worked at a gallery that had celebrity traffic. After a particularly humiliating episode of staring at Mia Sara , I decided to play it super cool when future famous people came in. And I put to practice when Mel Brooks, and his wife, both wearing sunglasses, came into the gallery. I proceeded to ignore Mel Brooks entirely and focus on his wife, because I was certain that as Mel Brooks’ wife she was used to standing in his shadows, while he basked in attention and adoration. I made small talk with her like small talk has never been made before. No aspect of the weather, no platitude went unremarked upon. And of course it was only after she ran for cover, I mean, left the gallery, that someone asked me, “so what were you and Anne Bancroft talking about?”.

So there you have it. Anne Bancroft is the reason that I will never approach celebrities and that this blog will never have pictures of anything other than beer cans. I’m sorry.

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Z July 24, 2008 at 5:39 am

Huh. I, too, live in the city but NEVER have celebrity sightings.

Actually, I am sure that I do – but I just have my blinders on and don’t recognize them. Ever. The only celebrities I notice are the ones I see with friends who are pulling on my arms and pointing and hissing “There! Over there! That’s …”


Kristine July 24, 2008 at 7:51 am

I have the same issue, once I started storing my camera in my bag/purse, I haven’t seen nearly the number of funny/interesting things I used to.


MomMega July 24, 2008 at 7:54 am

Wordless Wednesday Mimes! That is too funny!


WA July 24, 2008 at 8:27 am

Firstly, thanks for the wonderful link! Glad we found each other.

Secondly, you need to start carrying that camera around. I mean, what if Mr. Zapruder thought Super 8 was too heavy? Then where would our conspiracy theories come from?



anymommy July 24, 2008 at 8:54 am

No loss here, I would never recognize the names/people anyway. I hold hte world record for inability to remember people. But, beer, I know.


Mama Ginger Tree July 24, 2008 at 9:04 am

So what was Bebe Neuwirth buying at the drugstore?


Kath July 24, 2008 at 10:50 am

I become Rain Man-esque around celebrities, so it’s best if I observe them from afar. I think they appreciate my approach as well 🙂

How did Bebe look?



Marinka July 24, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Z-it’s a special talent that I have–I spot them from a mile, or at least a few inches away!

Kristine-glad I have company! Maybe we should care stealth cameras!


Wendi- Excellent point. I will start lugging camera and video equipment at all times. Either that, or I’ll stay home.

Anymommy- I am MARINKA! Remember? Ma-rink-ka! Mmm…beer…

Mama Ginger Tree- Bebe was buying Diet Coke! It certainly would be more interesting if it had been something more scandalous, like non-diet Coke, of course.

Kath- Lol (and she looked fantastic). And not at all concerned that I was staring at her and smiling, a la imbecile.


jen July 24, 2008 at 2:21 pm

mn is not full of celebrity sightings.
unless of course you figure that my children are MY celebrities, since i photograph them CONSTANTLY. personal paparazzi??
by the way…my word verification was gogunp…that made me laugh…don’t know why.


Madge July 24, 2008 at 2:41 pm

i had the same intentions when i started blogging. I was going to take photos of everything and my blog was going to be so fascinating and great! yeah, i gave up on that about two minutes in…


Jill July 24, 2008 at 9:26 pm

When I lived in Los Angeles, I saw celebs all the time. I enjoy seeing them from afar, but would never chat one up… a total fear of mine.

You need to get yourself a teeny tiny digital camera that you can slip in your pocket! 🙂


Insta-mom July 25, 2008 at 7:45 am

I had the same wonderful intentions. So far the best I’ve come up with is posting a picture taken by my three-year-old at Pick Up Stix.


Melissa July 27, 2008 at 6:44 pm

I carry my camera phone around. I use it to take pictures of weird crap I find in stores.

It’s a gift.


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