Just a few quick things…

I felt like a celebrity this weekend!

I went out with friends on Sunday night after chorus rehearsal in celebration of the three-day weekend. Even though it was freezing-ass cold, that didn’t stop us from having a great time.

We started at North End, where I quite literally bumped into a handsome stranger (who looked familiar to me) and was instantly smitten. Unfortunately he was with his friends and I was with mine, so it didn’t go much further than that. I just hope he answers my Craigslist “Missed Connection” ad. 🙂
After that we went to Sidetrack, spent a couple hours there, then grabbed our coats to head over to Roscoes to finish the night off. As I left the coat check, someone stopped me and said, “Hey, are you Rocket Man?”

“Yep, that’s me!” I said. “I read your blog!” he replied. And then he told me his name…

…And now I have to BEG his forgiveness because I totally wanted to mention his name right here and now but “Thing about me #35” states that I am absolutely HORRIBLE at remembering names! I even tried repeating it to myself at least 10 times while I crossed the street after meeting him, and I STILL forgot it. So… if you are out there, please comment and make yourself known again. And please accept my apologies!

Still, it was kinda cool being recognized for my blog! 🙂

Who’s supporting whom? Now you can find out!

The Huffington Post has created a simple search engine so you can find out who your favorite actors, actresses, celebs; or even your co-workers and neighbors are supporting in the 2008 Presidential race. Fundrace 2008 is an easy-to-use applet that shows just which side of the fence these people really are riding.

For instance, the President and COO of News Corp, Peter Chernin, has donated to the funds of three different candidates– but you’d be surprised which three candidates received his donations. And Lorne Michaels, Executive Producer of Saturday Night Live, has donated to the funds of two candidates — but Lorne likes to go both ways– so to speak.

Heath Ledger 1979-2008

Heath Ledger

Wow. I totally did NOT see this one coming. Blind-sided me like a Mack truck.

My co-workers and I have a thing about celebrity deaths and dead pools and stuff like that. It’s a weird thing, probably a somewhat grotesque thing, but I guess we’re just fascinated with it and what happens when celebrities die. Well this month has been a bonanza of celeb deaths: Brad Renfro, Suzanne Pleshette, Bobby Fischer, Christopher Bowman, and now Heath Ledger. They say these things happen in threes, but this is getting to be a bit much.

Obviously, Heath Ledger’s death is especially poignant due to “Brokeback Mountain.” My friends and I went to see it the week it was released and while some of us loved it and others were a little more lukewarm, we all agreed that Heath and Jake Gyllenhaal did an amazing job with the characters. Especially Heath. There was just something electrifying and heartbreaking about the way he brought that character to life. I thought this then and I think it now — he is and was the James Dean of our generation. Whether that means he’ll be lofted into the mythical stratosphere with the likes of Dean and Monroe and Elvis is doubtful; but to me, he represents that sort of magical quality that James Dean had. An amazing, talented actor, taken away much too soon. Truly, a tragedy.